The Parenting Dragon

Single parenthood can feel like you’re fighting a life-sized, fire-breathing Lego dragon with a pool noodle from the dollar store while a crowd of naysayers simultaneously whisper about how it “takes two to tango” and how your “precious babe” deserves better than to live with the poor choices you have made.

Like. Ugh.

There are comments from friends, family members, co-workers, and bosses that you need to address, ignore, stomach, or rise above. Financial burdens and considerations you perhaps never thought would face you suddenly glare at you, leaving you feeling powerless, stricken, and small.

Relationships with people you trusted seem to strain, fizzle, or disappear entirely with purely impeccable timing. Perhaps a faith community which you were once connected to now shames and rejects you. And, not to mention, the potential stress that is added to your plate during the shift to single parenthood can cause health issues galore, as everything negative that happens to your body seems to have some strong correlative to stress.

And. While you’re juggling this all, you have little eyes watching your every move (and the guilt that can come with any observed misstep).

Does the shift to single parenthood feel like you’re on a sinking ship?

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If so, you’re not alone.

In this space, we recognize that single parenting IS tough. And we want you to know that you are not alone. We’re all fighting one dragon or another and trying to keep our own boats afloat, so let’s cheer on one another. (Heaven knows we’ve all been shamed enough! Let’s not do it to one another.)

No matter how you entered single parenthood, whether through divorce, death of a spouse/significant other/partner, by surprise, by design, or other, you are welcome here.

Survival Mode

Many (not all) single parents stay in “survival mode,” just trying to make it from 6 AM to 11 PM without losing their sanity. (Or, you know, just losing their sanity 1x or 2x). Many (not all) are struggling financially, trying to carve themselves out of insurmountable debt or simply just put food on the table. Many (not all) are struggling to find that elusive “work life” balance (whatever that means).

If you’re on one of those ships – “HMS Sanity,” “Debt Tugboat,” or “Emotional Life raft,” we get it.

If you’re not on any of those ships, and feel that you’re sane, financially thriving, and have a solid balance in your life, we are truly cheering you on in your journey! Go you! Be our inspiration.

I created this website for both groups of parents – those who are just trying to survive the financial, physical, and psychological toll that entering into single parenthood can have on your life, those who are thriving and want to share their stories of success… and everyone in-between.

This is a space for everyone, whether or not we chose single parenthood, whether we feel we’re sinking or thriving.

One in Four

According to the Pew Research Center, almost 1/4 of all children in the US under the age of 18 live in a household with only one parent and no other adults.

This is huge for all of us single parents out there. It means that we are not the exception. It also means there are a lot of people who are trying to move out of survival mode and into thrive mode. It also means there are many single parents who are already in thrive mode who we can look to as role models as we trudge along our own journey.

My goal with this website is to normalize the experiences of single parents. To create a space where you can (hopefully) find encouragement and resources to help you along your journey.

Where are you at in your journey?

Need to get your finances in order by getting out of debt or finding financial freedom?

Searching for ways to heal your mind or heal your body?

Need some healthy and inexpensive meal ideas since you can’t stomach macaroni and cheese again?

Seeking expert advice on navigating healthy single parent lifestyles?

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