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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).






What to do about holiday custody arguments with your ex

The holidays are so hard for divorced and separated families. They just are. Especially if you are new to sharing the kids on the holidays. You are grieving what you thought your family would look like. What you hoped and expected your family would look like. And so much of that image is wrapped up in special occasions like holidays — holidays informed by magazines, movies, Hallmark and William Sonoma ads — not to mention social media and your own memories from your childhood (whether you...


Personal Finance for Millennials with Erin Lowry of Broke Millennial

First of all, how random that my colleague Erin Lowry, leading expert on Millennials and their money and author of the book Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together, and fellow money blogger, lives across the street from me in Astoria, Queens?! When we're not hanging out, I sometimes bump into her on the street as she's walking her dog, or going to dinner with her nice boyfriend. Also, totally random, this year both of us have books out with the same Penguin...


Financial Self Care for Moms

Bonus episode! Brought to you by Capital One GM BuyPower Card®. For many families, money is a negative force, a source of fear and stress that permeates all parts of your life. Worried about paying your bills? That stress affects your physical and mental health and makes you more prone to get angry at your kids, create conflict in your romantic relationship and lead to career and business decisions made out of fear — not confidence. In this episode I interview Craig Glee, Partner Lead, US...


What it's really like to be a single mom of a special needs kid

While the numbers are not confirmed, experts agree that divorce rates among parents with special needs children is far higher than the general population. And since single moms of special needs kids have challenges and joys that other moms — single or otherwise — do not. Kim Thompson, a single mom of two boys, ages 7 and 13, ages who lives in New York City, has struggled with her son's autism (and other diagnoses) first as a married mother, and now as a single, divorced mom. Because of her...


How to make your kid a money genius (even if you're not!)

Beth Kobliner is a celebrity in my nerd world: One of the first journalists covering personal finances for the masses for 30 years, Kobliner wrote the New York Times bestseller, Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties that changed the way that we think and deal with our finances. In 2014, she was appointed by President Obama to the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. Fast forward to today, and Kobliner's Make Your Kid a...


How working mom guilt holds you back in career, money and life

Have you ever heard a man say he feels guilty for going to work? However, I guarantee you have felt guilty as woman for working. Whether or not you are a mom, caregiver, mom to a fur baby. Single or married, gay or straight. Why is it that we women are so full of shame about pursuing paying work — and careers we're passionate about? In this episode of Like a Mother, I drill into where all this working mom guilt comes from, how it affects you, and specific steps you can take to shed the...


Helicopter parenting is out, Lenore Skenazy's Free Range Parenting is in

For the past 10 years Free-Range Kids' Lenore Skenazy, New York City journalist and mom of two, has been taking one for the team. The Free-Range Kids author and blog founder has been on a one-woman mission to give kids back the freedom and autonomy they need to grow into self-actualized adults. I can't get enough of every single thing she has to say, including stats like: Crime is back to the level it was when gas cost 29 cents a gallonthe Christian Science Monitor2013 gun crime rate back...


Why shared parenting is best for kids AND moms

There are 60 peer-reviewed studies that prove that shared parenting — when children in divorced and separated families live with each parent at least 40 percent of the time — is what is best for kids, including in high-conflict situations. But it is also what is best for moms! In this episode, I talk about my own journey from being a really primary mom, to one with a great co-parenting relationship and the many, many benefits for moms. These benefits include: Full episode transcript here:...


Don't hold yourself back to get more child support

I hear from women who want to game the system, not earn too much so their child support or alimony payments won't be compromised. I also hear from women who pay their ex support and alimony, and they, too, limit themselves out of worry of having to pay out more than they care to. And, they may find themselves doing that very thing. But … who cares?! Ask yourself this: When you are 82 years old, looking back at your life, what do you want to think: Wow, I really stuck it to my ex all those...


Meet Tinder co-founder and Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe

In this episode, I interview Tinder co-founder and Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe whose insights on dating have me floored. For example, she confirms my hunch that men age 40 are ripe for the picking -- they're accomplished and ready for a cozy relationship. Listen up, ladies! Also, I help a follower Lisa, in Phoenix, navigate dating after a long marriage, including the ins and outs of online flirtations. And my mom-BFF Betsy and I kvetch about how we hang out all the time, yet rarely talk about...


Meet Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger – and her advice to single women

On Like a Mother with Emma Johnson, I interviewed Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger who recently launched the audio coaching program, "The Single Girls' Handbook," and her wine, P.S. Match, and is author of four books, including Become Your Own Matchmaker. My No. 1 question? How can successful women find love? We also talk about her abortion at age 26, why she wants college women to freeze their eggs, and the how online dating has changed relationships. Full transcript of this episode...


She felt isolated, afraid and broke as a single mom

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,...


How to get out of a rut

In this episode, I discuss being in a rut — and getting OUT. Reinvigorating your life does not require dramatic change – it can be as simple as switching up your schedule, your surroundings, your routine, and your mindset. It's a chance to recreate some aspect of your life and feel renewed and inspired. Trust me, I know. I've been in a rut lately. I'm digging myself out, with big and tiny changes. Everyone can do this — for free! In this Like a Mother episode I discuss...


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...


Single mom for Congress: Katie Wilson [Grant winner]

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.