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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).






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...


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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,...


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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...


Fighting with your kids’ dad about holiday schedule? Do this ….

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...


Free-Range Kids' Lenore Skenazy: "Kids are over-parented and here's the answer"

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 MonitorCrime is back to the...


Kickass Single Mom: Sexuality educator Vanessa Osage

I chose this month's grant winner because her mission is so very apropos of this chapter of women's empowerment. The Harvey Weinstein accusers, and the web of silent compliance around this powerful man is really just the result of millennia of women's pent up silent suffering, marginalization, and separation from their sexual power. Weinstein is just the tip of this iceberg, and it is a painful process for the change that must — and is — happening. I have had some private conversations...


Tiffany the Budgetnista: The financial industry discriminated so she started a revolution

This interview is a from the archives, and my admiration for Tiffany Aliche grows. We have become friends and she recently hosted me in her Live Richer Academy, which is part of her seven-figure business that has grown to include more than 300,000 women. I am constantly inspired by Aliche's passion, business brilliance and true activism to change the world. +++ Man, I love Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche. The financial educator was really really ticked off that the financial industry...


Women invest too little, and how to get started investing — easy

Women are really bad about investing. Statistically, we are less likely to invest, and more likely to invest less than we should. While there are some great studies that show that women are actually BETTER at investing than men, we still have a long way to go. In this Like a Mother episode, my single mom entrepreneur friend Shannon McLay, founder and CEO of The Financial Gym, explains step-by-step how women can get over their investing and saving hangups, and get started with a financial...


Single Mom Tanai Benard: Helping Hurricane Harvey victims

Tanai Bernard was famous for her blog Four Deep Around the World, in which she chronicled living in the Middle East with her three kids, teaching school, and traveling the globe. Today she is stateside, teaching and raising her kids in Houston. When Hurricane Harvey struck, she and her family took refuge at her mother's Dallas home. But news of devestation in her hometown of Beaumont, Texas brought back memories of her own loss during Hurricane Rita in 2005. "To watch people you knew (on...


Naama Bloom: Periods, panty crusty and other puberty realities girls need to hear

Naama Bloom is best know as the founder of HelloFlo, the mail-order feminine product platform that shot to viral fame with its hilarious videos like 'Camp Gyno,' 'First Moon Party,' and 'A Vistit from Aunt Flo.' On one hand, we should all be so grateful that Bloom and her startup got us talking, laughing, learning and sharing about our bodies in a healthy way. On the other? It was 2014, and shouldn't we be beyond all that? But we weren't, and Bloom helped us get there, and forever she'll...


"Having kids inspired me take bigger risks and achieve in my career," Jeanie Ahn

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Sarah Shaw: "I made millions because I never took 'no' for an answer"

Sarah Shaw is a normal woman — Colorado single mom of two — who has spent her career dressing, collaborating and selling fabulous handbags to the most famous people in the world. Her secret? "I never take no for an answer." Career highlights, that you'll hear about in this Like a Mother episode: Worked in the film biz after college for 11 years as a costume supervisor. Started two costume companies, that did huge manufacturing jobs for the movies like "Wind Talkers," "Matrix 2&3,"...


Kickass Single Mom: Entrepreneur works for global gender equity

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