Through The Years – Tuwanna Samuel Personal Essay
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by Guest Blogger
4M ago
Through the years, I became a master at bottling things, trying my best to avoid confrontation. I became good at taking every ear beating on the chin, smiling to keep from crying. But the way my ex made me feel, I’d need something sturdier with more depth to contain my emotions. Maybe if I had a bigger “bottle,” I could continue to store up all the harsh words and all the shaming. I remember it was a Tuesday, about a week after our baby shower. I was seven months pregnant, mentally beaten down, and defeated by verbal abuse. I picked up the phone to text my son’s father, heart racing and tears ..read more
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Single Black Moms Are… Positive Quotes About Single Black Moms
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by Kim Barfield
4M ago
Imagine googling yourself and having the worst words and descriptions you could possibly imagine had been written to describe you. Things that were so shameful and saddening you wouldn’t even want to tell anyone you’d found them. Just a few years ago, if you were to Google “single Black moms are…” you would get a variety of responses. Some of them were surprising, some of them discouraging, and many of them downright disparaging. They were the kinds of definitions no mother would want to have described her. Or describe the strength of her parenting skills.  Those exact results are what Si ..read more
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YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Supports Single Moms
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by Heather
4M ago
Disclosure: Single Mom Defined is partnering with YWCA Greater Pittsburgh to connect moms and families to affordable, quality child care and housing options. While this is a sponsored post, all opinions and text are our own. Mamas, three things we know for sure. We need safe, affordable housing, high-quality child care, and stable jobs with equitable pay. But unfortunately, for many, this is a dream, not a reality. Single Mom Defined is determined to connect families with the resources they need to not only survive but also thrive. And how do we make this happen right here in our backyard? By ..read more
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God Made Her Just For Me – Kieashia Edwell Personal Essay
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by Guest Blogger
4M ago
This personal essay, ‘God Made Her Just For Me’ by Kieashia Edwell, was written in 2018. Finding out I was pregnant at age 18, I was excited and afraid. Though I looked forward to caring for my baby, I worried about my ability to care for her. I had just graduated from high school in Columbus, Ohio, and was in a very toxic relationship. My naïveté led me to believe that our new bundle of joy would somehow change his abusive ways. We attempted to live together early in my pregnancy, but the violence I suffered at the hands of my daughter’s father soon caused me to leave. By the time I was six m ..read more
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Enjoy The Holidays As A Solo Mom
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by Ranaa Billingsley
4M ago
The holidays are coming up, and I know some of us moms are wondering what we are supposed to do without our Santa. I’m not just talking about romantically. I’m talking about who will deliver all the gifts this year to our eager and awaiting children. Even though it may seem impossible, there are many ways to make this time of year extra special for your family. Use this list of ways to enjoy the holidays as a solo mom to prepare for the big day. We all deserve a stress-free holiday season full of love. Enjoy The Holidays As A Solo Mom Save Early Even though the holidays are at the end of the ..read more
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God Started Talking To Me – Monique Durham Personal Essay
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by Guest Blogger
4M ago
My journey to becoming a single mom started when my husband left us, his family. I had no choice but to become everything to my girls when he walked out the door. When my ex’s mother died, our marriage ended. His mother and I never saw eye to eye, so when she passed away, it was like he was avenging her death by leaving us. He became distant and very cold to us. I believe he somehow thought he was honoring her death by abandoning us. At that time, we were both broken and in a dark place, trying to play roles we were not mature enough to take on. Neither of us had any positive examples of healt ..read more
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Single Mom Defined Self-Care Challenge
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by Heather
4M ago
Single Mom Defined is determined to help single moms love themselves. That’s why we created the Single Mom Self-Care Challenge. As a mom, we take care of everyone and everything before we take care of ourselves. We pour out our energy, attention, love, and even money. At the end of the day, we’re often empty. But if you think about it, we wouldn’t go without charging our batteries, so why do we drain ourselves? Self-Care Beyond The Spa Days I used to put off self-care because I didn’t have the time or money to invest in what I thought was a luxury. Spa appointments, exotic vacations, personal ..read more
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