Single Parenting: Stop, Pause, and Look

Pink rose garden

Every day there is a free gift available to all of us. Upon awakening in the early morning with our coffee cup in hand, to the moment we close our eyes and nod off to sleep, it is accessible. All that is needed is to stop, pause, and look. Fortunately, I realized that early on […]

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Single Parenting: What Grows in the Weeds?

Oh, how I missed gardening when I was a single parent! Sad to say, I had to watch the weeds overtake all the hard work I had put into my former perennial garden. For me, weeds represented chaos. Something infringing upon existent beauty. In my head, though, I knew I would get a chance, one […]

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Single Parenting: Friends & Faith

Red and white kitten

Delicate wisps of white pointing up to the sky. Reflection of sunlight on the tips of red fur. His curiosity fills me with wonder. The innocence of a new life. Thus, a new chapter to our story. No sooner had the four baby robins left their nest, another life came along in their absence. If […]

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Mother’s Day: Remember the Blessing

She caught my eye.  I watched her as I peddled on my exercise bike. My motion similar to her tedious task. She gathered one by one, over and over again. A twig, a branch, and a sprig here and there. Her dedication was admirable. Even more impressive was her perseverance to accomplish such a mundane task. […]

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Single Parent Testimony

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Just in the amount of time it takes to say “my life changed,” it did. Similar to our pandemic. Like you, and most of the world, I am presently living in a surreal way. Although, I am no stranger to a narrowed version of life. I am a survivor of suffering. Familiarity of a restricted […]

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Single Parents: Why Were You Born?

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“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” ~Mark Twain So much information swirling around us in this pandemic. Myself, unable to concentrate at this time trying to take it all in. At last, I am ready to pick up the pen once again. With the caveat, simple and to […]

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Seeking Answers for Single Parents

Girl with hat sitting in window in Greece

Today is Saturday. I woke up and realized I wanted to use this day to retreat, reflect, and keep this simple. Partly because this question has been heavy on my heart all week, “How are our single parents going to get through this pandemic?”  It may be that when we no longer know what to […]

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Cope, Care, and Create During a Different Time

Painter's easel

So grateful and thankful you are here in this place of community, not only for single parents, but also for all those across the world who are wondering and questioning. First, will you relax with me by listening to this beautiful piece of music as you continue to read: Dreams Of Awakening This week, let’s […]

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Compassion Amid COVID-19

Girl holding flowers in hands

A day after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a simple trip to the grocery store turned different. Somehow, my grocery store trips have been unusual the last two weeks.  Read last week’s post if you happened to miss the parking lot crash. Simply, A Different Time Things were […]

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National Single Parent Day: Do You Know the Date?

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National Single Parent Day is March 21, 2020. Surprisingly, I just learned about this nationally recognized day established in 1984! Why is this significant? Because I was a single parent for eight years and never knew the day existed. So, I thought to myself, what a wonderful opportunity to bring single parents into the spotlight […]

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Single Parenting: One Way to Take The Edge Off

Lake in the winter with red lifesaver

This past Sunday our planned day rotated 180 degrees. Have you had one of those? Trying to get somewhere and ended up someplace else. It was early, around 7am. The snow had fallen the night before. White snow covered the road. Bundled up for winter, my child and I ventured out in our car to […]

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Single Parenting: Art, Love, & Grief Defined

Red wood lawn chair in field of lavender

Don’t you love those pieces of plain construction paper that are turned into spectacular artwork? Typically, designed with hand drawn stick figures and hearts? The words scribbled, “I love you Mom,” or “I love you Dad.” And how about the paintings with bright colored paint! Oh, the simplicity and love demonstrated in children’s artwork.  Single […]

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Single Parents & Loneliness: Another Approach

Woman wearing straw hat standing on beach

Oh my gosh, it is about to happen. The emails keep coming. The stores look different.  The candy is the same, just a different shape. The pinks, the reds.  Yes, Valentine’s Day is on the horizon. I knew immediately what I would write about. Hold that thought. About and Shop First, check out the Home page of […]

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Why is Being a Single Parent Hard?

Woman holding block of ice up to sky.

First, let’s address the big question of the new year: “Would you look in a crystal ball to see what your future holds?” I have been dangling this question in front of you for the past couple weeks. This will lead to our bigger question: Why is Being a Single Parent Hard? Welcome, New Readers […]

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What Does Single Parenting Teach Our Children?

Three days after Christmas I asked myself, “What will I write about this week?” And then, it became perfectly clear after what happened at our home yesterday. More about that in just a minute. Would You Look in a Crystal Ball? First, I want to tell you about the crystal ball.  You know, the fortune-telling object that supposedly […]

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One Way to Let Go at the Holidays

We often talk about family traditions that revolve around our holidays. Traditions, though, are unique for each family. To illustrate, what is sacred for one may be entirely different for another. Furthermore, single parents may take on a very different approach to traditions to manage our well-being, health, and healing.  Old Tradition Before I became a […]

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Twelve Days of Christmas

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As promised, here is more of the unexpected surprise, more “light” for your holiday season.   Oh, and yes, for those of you who missed my post called Unexpected Surprise (published December 4th), feel free to read that post first to get the backstory for this one!   What is your favorite version? We are all probably familiar […]

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O Tender Tree

Close up of evergreen with blue berries, snow and ice on it

As my teenage child and I set off to the Christmas Tree Farm this past weekend, I thought to myself how easy this was compared to when I was a single parent and my child was a toddler.  We both knew what we had to accomplish to get ourselves a family Christmas tree! Life today does not […]

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Unexpected Surprise

Woman dancing in ballroom with chandelier

The holidays are officially upon us! Believe it or not, I am already somewhat behind as the season starts. The past couple days, I have been diligently trying to present this post to you in a way that represents what Christmas is truly about in the midst of hardship. For me, the days leading up […]

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Moose Kickoff Party

Moose in pond

Wellness For The Single Parent website is officially up and running!  What better way to kick off our website than with our official moose mascot (unknown to him), kicking it off in the sprinklers the last days of summer.   A thank you to my parents who took the video while vacationing in the western United […]

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