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J.K. Rowling, Author of Harry Potter Series, and Her Days as a Single Mom
Harry Potter has taken the world by storm. A series of novels that turned into movies and merchandise was conceived in the mind of J.K. Rowling. Like any successful fiction novel, writing the books took courage, imagination, and above all a dedication to see the completed works published. It took hard work, long hours, and great sacrifice.
So what makes the Harry Potter author different than other successful fiction authors? It’s the fact that she began the journey into the world of Harry Potter while she was a single mom living on government aid.
J.K. Rowling’s is a story that every Strong Single Mom should find inspiring. After all, we all have dreams and hopes and desires that live deep inside of us. (more…)
“Mom Matters Series” – Jordin Sparks and her mom Jodi
Behind many success stories is a Mom who encouraged their child and sacrificed to help that child reach their dreams.
The new series “Mom Matters” from the Strong Single Mom Network is here to share those stories! As a Strong Single Mom, sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day and forget how much our influence matters in our child’s life. With the “Mom Matters” series, we hope to encourage you…after all, YOU matter more than you know to your little ones.
Kicking off the “Mom Matters” series is pop star and Season Six winner of American Idol Jordin Sparks and her mom Jodi. Jordin shares about the important role her mom played in helping her achieve her dreams, and Jodi Sparks gives advice to help encourage any mom in helping their child reach their dream.
A huge thank you to Jordin Sparks and her mom Jodi Sparks for granting us an interview from Barrett Jackson’s Lifestyle Pavilion before her performance. And a big thank you to Lindsey Beres, founder of Aquarian Media Group for filming and for setting up the interview.
We appreciate the encouragement for Strong Single Moms and their children around the world.
Do you have a Mom Matters story? We want to hear from you. Contact us by filling out this form and we will consider your story for the next Mom Matters video from Strong Single Mom Network.
Finances and the Strong Single Mom
It’s the most difficult part of being a single parent: finances. Somehow it doesn’t seem to matter how much you earn in your career. Whether you have a high-level corporate job making 6 figures per year, or work 3 jobs at minimum wage – it’s tough.
If you’re just beginning the process of becoming a single mom or if you’ve been a single mother for some time and find your financial situation changing, it can be tricky. After all, one of the great things about being a Strong Single Mom is not having anyone else around to tell you what you can and cannot do. Of course, that’s one of the downfalls of being a Strong Single Mom, too. (more…)
“Mom, Where’s Dad?” How to Answer the Toughest Question
If Dad’s not in the picture for your children, you know this question will be asked at some point. And even if you’re expecting it, you don’t look forward to actually answering it.
There’s a million and one things that may come to mind, but as the Mom of this precious child we somehow realize that not EVERYTHING that comes to mind would be beneficial to actually say.
So how DO you answer this ticking time bomb? (more…)
How Does the Child of a Strong Single Mom Spell “Father?”
For every Strong Single Mom who has to play the roles of both Mother AND Father, this video is a truly beautiful tribute to you!
Isn’t this what it’s all about? Raising our children the best we can, going above and beyond what we ever thought possible of ourselves, all to give our kids the opportunity to live their dreams? Thank you to poet Marshall Davis Jones for this fabulous work of visual and spoken art. As Strong Single Moms, we need every “Thank you” that we can get. And it helps to hear it from the adult child of a Single Mother. It gives us light in our hearts and hope for the future that some day our own children will realize what we sacrificed for them – and it helps to inspire us to keep going when days are tough.
Gratitude: Can There Be TOO Much of a Good Thing?
One of the basics of Strength resides in gratitude. Being grateful for what you have, not feeling lack because of what you don’t have. If you’re a Strong Single Mom Network member, one of the first newsletters you received is based around the Gratitude Principle. And if you’re a frequent read of this blog, you may have read the 30 day challenge found towards the end of this post.
So when I picked up this month’s issue of Psychology Today I was intrigued to see a short half-page article called “4 Don’ts of Gratitude.”
Hmm. Can there REALLY be ways of creating an Attitude of Gratitude that is actually counter-productive? Can thanksgiving be taken too far? Are there really RULES on how to be grateful? (more…)
Connected Through a Message on a Big White VanToday on the road I saw a white van. There was nothing remarkable about it except the messages it had written all over the windows. ”Race for the cure,” “run like a life depends on it,” and ” honk if you hate cancer!” Were written in washable window paint.
Something about reading those handwritten messages struck a chord in me. I imagined the people who wrote those statements. I could see their passion, and feel the pain that must have sparked that passion in the first place. I could picture their reaction whenever someone read those messages and actually honked their car horn, signifying that they too hated cancer. (more…)
Honoring Single Moms in the Military
Single Moms like Coast Guard Seaman Deanna Moentman, originally from Seminole, Fla., Moentman is currently stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J. She joined the Coast Guard in August 2010 because she wanted to serve her country and start a new career. She had no idea a year later her military service would be coupled with the challenges of raising a baby. (more…)
Research Study on Health and Physical Activity for the Single MomIn a recent study on women’s physical activity, research showed that one group of women are lacking proper health and physical activity. Can you guess which group? If you guessed single mothers, you’re correct.It’s no surprise that Single Moms ranked lower than married moms and non-mothers. We consistently put ourselves on the bottom of the priority list, giving precedence to kid schedules, work schedules, and little things like sleeping or showering to fill in the gaps…when we can! Those of us who do work out tend to do so inconsistently. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, but you get the picture.At any rate, the study conducted left researchers seeking answers. To find these answers, they are conducting a follow up study and they need single mom volunteers to help. They reached out to us at the Strong Single Mom Network, and told us more about the study. We were impressed, and want to help!
Michelle Obama Says She is a Single Mother.
Michelle Obama is a busy single mother? That’s what she claimed in an interview with CBS Affiliate WCAX in Burlington, Vermont on Thursday, April 4, 2013.
While the media picked this up and started to wonder if there might be trouble in President Obama’s Paradise, it seems like it’s just a slip of the tongue. In recovering from her faux pas, the First Lady stated:
“Sometimes, you know, when you’ve got a husband who is president, it can feel a little single. But he’s there.” (more…)