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  • 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…)

  • Valentine’s Day and the Strong Single Mom
    By on February 15, 2012 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Happy Valentine's Day to all the Strong Single Moms!!

    I have NO idea why I was so ill-prepared for the inevitable Valentine’s “celebration” acts today, but I simply wasn’t ready.  I KNEW it was February 14th.  I SAW all the cards, balloons, flowers, and heart-shaped candy boxes in every store for the past several weeks.  I was even grocery shopping last night, watching men of all ages flock to the card aisle at the last minute to pick through the selection of overpriced cards with cheesy messages.  So how is it that I didn’t steel myself up for THE inevitable question today? (more…)

  • Texting your way to a first date. Just say NO, Yo.
    By on January 17, 2012 | 3 Comments3 Comments  Comments

    OK Ladies.  Who’s with me on this one?  I’m out with my friends and meet an interesting guy.  He and I strike up a conversation and find we have some common interests.  By the end of the evening, we exchange numbers.   A promising scenario, right?  Then it happens… (more…)

  • The First Date Experience: Your Expectations Determine Success
    By on February 4, 2011 | 4 Comments4 Comments  Comments

    Dating can be full of fun life experiences, but only if you keep it in its proper perspective.   Too often I hear women getting ready to head on a first date, and they say that ever hopeful yet self-defeating line:

    “I think this could be THE ONE!”

    Ladies, if you ever hear yourself uttering those words prior to a first date, it’s time for a reality check. (more…)

  • Dating: Why the Goal is to Keep it in the Closet and Wear it Out
    By on January 31, 2011 | No Comments  Comments

    Ladies, it is time to stop putting so much pressure on dating experiences. Lets start recognizing it for exactly what it is, two people trying each other on for size.

    Stick with me on this analogy here. (more…)

  • Introducing: Dating and Relationships on SSMN
    By on January 21, 2011 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Okay ladies. I’m listening to you. I’ve been told by too many of you that it’s time to start talking about dating, and so I am.

    Before I kick this section off, though, I wanted to make something abundantly clear. The Strong Single Mom Network isn’t about “Finding Mr. Right.” It’s all about Finding Ms. Right….YOU! So as we delve into the wonderful world of romantic relationships, it is extremely important that you keep one thing in mind: Until you have a healthy relationship with yourself, you can NEVER experience a truly healthy relationship with a significant other. (Don’t worry…I know you might be tempted to forget, so I’ll be reminding you from time to time!) (more…)