18 episodes

Jessica Ashley, single mamas, and experts talk mothering solo.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.1, 23 Ratings

Jessica Ashley, single mamas, and experts talk mothering solo.

    Ep. 20: Single Mom Dating: The Hilarious, the Horrible and the Heartening

    Ep. 20: Single Mom Dating: The Hilarious, the Horrible and the Heartening

    Tinder, eHarmony, Plenty of Fish, even the playground at (ahem) pick-up time – wherever and however you're meeting your matches, you won't be prepared unless you've first heard Ewa Baran's dating stories. We're making sense of what makes dating as a single mom so sweet, so spicy and sometimes, so sour.  Warning: Contains cussing and many references to dating site profiles with bad leather couches and dollar bill-collecting dancers in the background. 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep. 19: Single Mom Love Stories: Ashlee & Flowers

    Ep. 19: Single Mom Love Stories: Ashlee & Flowers

    Welcome to Single Mom Love Stories! "I've always found more beauty in the grit," photographer, activist and (former) single mamas Ashlee Dean Wells explained of how revealing scars has helped her share her own stories and the testimony of other mothers, build community and make her way through life with kids, loss and now, what she calls "a big love." Ashlee reveals her Single Mom Love Story with partner Froilan, dubbed Flowers by her young daughter, and how they're building a beautiful, unexpected life and family together. 
    What we mentioned in the show Find Ashlee Dean Wells on her site here. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
    Check out the photo galleries, book and upcoming tour schedule for the 4th Trimester Bodies Project and follow 4th Tri on Instagram. 
    Her amazing boudoir and timeless pin-up photography and services are at Windy City Pin Up. 
    Oh, hey. Here's another show you'd love Here's our first Single Mom Love Stories *VIDEO* (gasp), featuring the sweet story of a single mom's cross-country love, with Wendy Fontaine. 
    How about a love story to yourself? You will be captivated by the delightful and insightful Casey Brown discussing how divorce made them get really real about their gender identity.
     

    • 37 min
    Ep. 18: My Ex-Husband Died. Now What?

    Ep. 18: My Ex-Husband Died. Now What?

    Have you ever wished your ex would fall off the planet? What if they did? In this episode, we dive into the deep waters of grief, panic, compassion and anger that bubble up when a child’s other parent dies. Author Amy Sue Nathan shares the complicated story of her ex-husband’s death, her children’s profound loss and the surprising ways her family and friends responded. She also offers advice on the practicalities and tenderness on swimming back to the surface with children, as only another single mom who has been through it can.

    Connect with Amy here and read the novel inspired by her experiences here.

    • 30 min
    Ep. 17: Everything I Lost in the Gulf of Divorce

    Ep. 17: Everything I Lost in the Gulf of Divorce

    We asked listeners, friends and readers at Single Mom Nation to share what they lost in divorce. A hundred comments piled up in an hour, creating a profound list of Christmas ornaments to childhood photos, cars and homes to friends, dignity and mental wellness. That inventory was eerily similar to the overwhelming mountain of possessions outside the home of Karen Walrond, author, speaker, photographer and Hurricane Harvey survivor. Karen joins Jessica talk about why the little stuff matters so much to us, and to connect the great losses and even greater lessons of evacuating and recovering from a natural disaster – and divorce.

    Karen’s incredible, inspirational work is at home on Chookooloonks, her Make Light podcast is here and her books are here. You will definitely want to watch the Facebook Live video that shored up this conversation right here.

    • 48 min
    Ep. 16: Getting Rid of Marriage Crap

    Ep. 16: Getting Rid of Marriage Crap

    Of course, the storage locker of wedding china and anniversary mementos is packed full of sentiment and emotion, not just stuff. And clearly, divorce paperwork and visitation calendars cause their own crazy mental (and desk) mayhem. Enter Rachel Rosenthal, professional organizer (who even has...shhh...Real Housewives clients) and newly married single mom to twin girls, to give us her very best tips on clearing the clutter, quick remedies for piles and stacks, reducing stress in your space and making a new home you love to live in.

    Cleanse your home, office and spirit clutter with Rachel by visiting her site. Get to the ahhh place while reading her feature in Real Simple magazine right here.

    • 41 min
    Ep. 15: No Longer A Single Mom: Confronting Gender Identity

    Ep. 15: No Longer A Single Mom: Confronting Gender Identity

    Jessica asked writer and single parent Casey Brown to be a guest on the podcast repeatedly. And then the lightbulb blazed: OH. Casey doesn’t identify as a single mom. After being one of the first same-sex spouses in the country and then one of the first of their friends to get divorced, Casey found the freedom to confront their gender identity and embrace being a nonbinary trans person. Join Jessica and Casey’s spirited conversation about making your way to your true self, having gender conversations with kids, millennials’ new language, recovering from pronoun flubs (#jessicafail), being an advocate in your own home and school and (critically) why good snacks make all the difference.
    Read about Casey’s beautiful, funny, always honest adventures in parenting and activism with their seven-year old dancer, singer, artist, American Doll lover and gender warrior at Life With Roozle.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Jennapw ,

Great listen

I’m loving this podcast. It helps me feel better when the kids are with dad and gives me lots of great ideas to improve life. Thanks for podcasting!!

Tellander ,

Oh my gawd. So thankful I found you!

I just found your podcast after searching for months to find a voice out there to help me with the emotional miasma that is divorce. Your episodes are engaging, insightful, comforting and informative - and perfect for where I find myself. Please, please, please keep them coming!!!

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