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You''re told we can have it all, but we're still trying to figure it all out. Built on the popular blog, Emma digs into the paradoxes of women, work, family, relationships, sex, parenting, career and money. You know: Everything you're talking about (and some stuff you're not talking about, but wish you were).

You''re told we can have it all, but we're still trying to figure it all out. Built on the popular blog, Emma digs into the paradoxes of women, work, family, relationships, sex, parenting, career and money. You know: Everything you're talking about (and some stuff you're not talking about, but wish you were).
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You''re told we can have it all, but we're still trying to figure it all out. Built on the popular blog, Emma digs into the paradoxes of women, work, family, relationships, sex, parenting, career and money. You know: Everything you're talking about (and some stuff you're not talking about, but wish you were).






How to manifest money, success and love with Denise Duffield-Thomas

[This is a replay from a couple years ago – because it's THAT GOOD.] A few months ago I was complaining to friend and Like a Mother guest and business Jenn Scalia about feeling stalled in my career. "I can't work with you until you get through your money blocks," Jenn said, matter-of-factly. You might remember that Jenn went from earning a $38,000 salary to a profit of $400,000 in two years. She credits the work of Denise Duffield-Thomas, a money mindset coach and author of Lucky Bitch and...


Make money AND do good at the same time

Making money and serving others — these two things are NOT mutually exclusive. That you must chose one or the other is a historically female message: That it's OK to be broke, because we're serving others. That the corporate world is exploitive, evil, greedy, and in direct opposition with service and generosity and community – this is false. That rhetoric is dated and it's wrong. In fact, the more money you make, the more influence and success you have, the better you are able to serve....


How to travel abroad with kids: Elmeka Henderson [Grant winner!]

In this episode I interview Elmeka Henderson, creator of blog Adventures in Raising a Vagabond. She helps families – 90% of whom are single moms – travel with kids. She educates parents about safe travel with kids, invites them to travel in her groups, and helps to connect them with communities in areas they visit. Things we discuss: Check out Elmeka's blog here: Adventures in Raising a Vagabond Go to and enter to win my book, The Kickass Single Mom, as well...


Tell girls: "Always have your own money!"

I keep hearing the same story again and again from professionally successful women. Variations on: My grandma told me: "Always have your own money." It could be a mother, aunt, neighbor, Girl Scout leader, teacher, cousin, mentor or favorite coach. The bottom line An older, respected woman looked her straight in the eye, and in her own but direct way said: "Do not ever depend on a man financially.""Money is power, and never, ever give up that power.""You are powerful. Never chose to...


Why shared parenting is the answer to the pay gap

In my work writing about women, money and family in the United States, there are two prevailing issues: Here's the answer: Start all custody negotiations at a default 50-50 visitation and custody, with no child support or alimony. While there is great movement towards equally shared visitation time in at least 30 states, the majority of family courts still default to an antiquated model of custody and parenting. Highlights include...


Say NO to overparenting with Heather Shumaker

Heather Shumaker, a Minneapolis-based journalist and married mom of two, agreed to be interviewed on this show, and I am so glad she did. If you have any question at all about why you should stop micromanaging your kids, let them play freely, dirtily, creatively, check out this awesome episode. Highlights include ... Improved language in kindergartenersHigher academic performance overall, including math, problem-solving and – yes, you, Type A parent! – standardized testsBetter behavior...


Congressional candidate Katie Wilson talks single motherhood, healthcare and entrepreneurship

I'm so thrilled to have Katie Wilson, 21st congressional district candidate, on the Like A Mother podcast today. She shares with us what it's like being a politician, entrepreneur, and mother of two, plus: Enter to win my Kickass Single Mom Grant at Go to and enter to win my book, The Kickass Single Mom as well as Nicole Lapin’s - Boss Bitch.


Single Mom Side Hustles: Why you need one and how to get it

In today’s episode, I discuss… good Maybe you need a little extra cash, maybe you’re bored with your current career, or you want to safeguard yourself against a recession or an industry crash by having a fall-back plan. Maybe you’re interested in pursuing your passion project, but you’re not quite ready to make the leap into full-time business ownership. Whatever your reason is, you NEED a side hustle. 101 Legit Side Hustles:


From homeless to helping other women succeed

Loren Guillory moved to Dallas only to have her new job fall through at the last minute. Homeless and running out of resources, she eventually found assistance, got on her feet, and created First Stream Cleaning. Starting her own business quickly boosted her esteem and enabled her to think bigger. Now she helps other women find their own opportunities as she explores her own potential.


How to make meaningful memories with your kids

I hear it all the time: "I'm spending money on things I cant afford, just so I can give my kids memories!" That's not helping anyone, especially not your kids. In my own life, the moments and rituals that meant the most, gave me comfort and truly shaped me, were free. It's cliche but true. The things that really matter aren't necessarily glamorous and expensive, but they do make you feel connected. It's important to teach our kids that. What memories will YOU make with your kids that...


She struggled with respite care for her special-needs child, so she created a program to help other families [grant winner!]

Jeannine Hamilton, serving other special-needs families with a break! The Kickass Single Mom Grant is sponsored by GoBankingRates— your partner in financial freedom. Go to sign up for their awesome financial information newsletter. For signing up, you’re automatically entered to win a copy of my best selling book, the Kickass Single Mom and Nicole Lapin’s the Boss Bitch. You need both those books in your life.! ### In this episode, we hear from Kickass...


Minimalist Living for Real Moms (with Liz Frugalwoods)

On today's episode, I interview colleague, fellow blogger and friend Liz Frugalwoods. She's a mother who – now in her mid-thirties – is already retired. We discuss her definition of financial independence, the importance of a holistic (and realistic!) financial approach, plus tips for frugal living. Liz is a firm believer in simple living and "smoothing out the happiness curve." You may even be surprised at what her family's day-to-day life really looks like. Find out how she and her...


She felt alone, afraid and broke as a single mom, and started org to help others

Nadia Wiseman found herself struggling when she left an unsafe relationship: struggling to to pay rent for herself and her now-5-year-old son. Struggling to find direction for her newly single life. Struggling to find other women who could relate in her city of Montreal, Canada. While she found ways to refocus her education and skills as a social worker, Nadia Wiseman launched Single MOMtreal, an organization designed to support single moms in need of resources like food and, clothes,...


Recent breakup? Don't miss an opportunity of a lifetime — to be single!

Nothing breaks my heart more than a woman who cannot be without a man. That personality is always rife with desperation, bad decisions and alienating others who love her best. Never a good look. Even if you are not prone to dramatics of partnering up ASAP, you may feel like a loser because you are not in a relationship. It is normal to feel sad and lonely if you don't have a boy- or girlfriend. (It can also feel horny, but that is a slightly different topic — don't get those...


Stop comparing child care costs against earning

Often women say they need to earn enough to cover child care costs. That hold women back individually, and keeps the pay gap alive and well. Child care if for both parents to work and earn, develop their careers and reap the fruits of work.


Your mom bod have you shy about getting naked with a man?

Thinking about dating after divorce and babies can be beyond daunting. After I stopped nursing (a blissful period during which my round hips narrowed, my small tits swelled, and my acne-prone skin cleared and glowed), it has been all downhill for this bod. A newly poofy stomach, C-section scar and boobs that would not stop lactating -- all while my thighs grew increasingly gooey. But once out on the dating scene, I got over it quickly. That I don't look like Heidi Klum or Kim Kardashian...


Why shared parenting is so great for MOMS!

Shared parenting is a critical issue for children, who suffer from absentee fathers in alarming figures, as well as men, who are automatically reduced to paychecks and an afterthought in family life. Shared parenting is critical for women, too, as involved co-parents, both inside and outside of marriage, mean women have far more support at home, which allows us to thrive as parents, as well as professionals and earners. After all, we can’t be equals at work, if men are not equals at home.


"My husband was raping our daughter."

Tiffany Horsely is a Kansas nurse, mom of three, and she has no shame about sharing that her ex husband molested and raped for more than four years their oldest daughter, Robyn. At age 17, depressed and despondent, Robyn found the courage to tell her friend, and eventually her mom, and the police the truth. Together they went through the horror that sexual assault trials are known to be, the loss of a father, and marriage, and pushed forward through grief and on to healing. What's more,...


Mama Gena, her new book PUSSY: A Reclamation, and the power of PJ

Wow, this interview was so, so amazing. Regena Thomashauser, aka Mama Gena, is truly a renegade pioneer of feminism and female sexuality (is that redundant?). Through her in-person and online workshops called Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts, and books by the same name, including (to-be-released in September) Pussy: A Reclamation, Thomashauser offers a fascinating history on the power of female sensuality and sexuality, biology lessons on female anatomy and the possibilities (and...