• 15 Mother’s Day Crafts
    By on April 19, 2014 | 3 Comments3 Comments  Comments

    Strong Single Mom Network Mothers Day Craftt Round UpMother’s Day is just around the corner. What better way to say I love you than with a handmade gift. Below I put together a full list of great Mother’s Day gifts you can make with your little ones. Be sure to leave me some feedback below telling me which one you plan to try! Also do not forget to PIN, SHARE, and COMMENT! (more…)

  • Sleepovers: The Hot Topic for Single Moms
    By on February 5, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    single-mom-sleepoversAs a parent, when it comes to the question “when do you start allowing sleepovers,” this usually means, “At what age do you allow your child to start spending the night at a friend’s house?”

    But for SINGLE parents, the topic of sleepovers takes on a new meaning altogether.

    This can be a controversial topic.  But I’m standing my ground on this one, Strong Single Moms.  As a single mother, there’s no room for sleepovers with a boyfriend while the kids are home.  It can wait until the kids are at their dad’s house, staying the night with a friend, at grandma’s house – whatever.

    Of course, that’s my opinion.  So I asked the Strong Single Mom Network’s Official Psychology Expert Lisa Gomez, MA LPC – owner of Becoming Transformed Counseling Services in Surprise, AZ.  Here’s what Lisa had to say: (more…)

  • “Mom, Where’s Dad?” How to Answer the Toughest Question
    By on August 30, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    Mom_Where_Is_Dad_Strong_Single_Mom_NetworkIt’s a moment no single mother looks forward to – the one where our precious little one asks the inevitable question, “Mom, where’s my dad?”

    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…)

  • Parental Judgment and the Strong Single Mom
    By on March 8, 2012 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    How many times do we feel like we’re doing it wrong because some stranger in the grocery store gives us a dirty look when our little one throws a tantrum?  How often do we let guilt settle in because can’t afford to get our teenager that iPad they’re begging for?  How often do we struggle with feelings of inadequacy because our kids have to come home to an empty house after school while we’re still hard at work?

    It’s time to stop judging ourselves.  Just because we can’t provide the perfect life for our beloved children doesn’t mean we’re bad parents! 

    If we’re honest with ourselves, most of these situations come from our perception of expectations on what a mom “should” be.  We SHOULD be able to control our children.  We SHOULD be able to provide our kids with the latest gadgets.  We SHOULD be available to our kids the minute they walk in the door.

    But as the character Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City points out, “Isn’t it time we stop shoulding all over ourselves?” (more…)

  • When “Good Morning” turns bad: lessons from a bad start to the day
    By on December 2, 2011 | No Comments  Comments

    Photo by Josh Parrish

    I was hoping for an over easy morning, but what I got was scrambled.  No, I’m not talking about eggs here.  I’m actually talking about the state of events that made this “Good Morning” turn bad…and fast!

    “Okay, enough ranting.  It happened.  It’s done.  Now deal with it and move on.” (more…)

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