Renee Brown is the tired yet happy mother of two young adult sons, Sam and Zachary. Almost an empty nester, she loves sharing her single parent experiences with the goal of providing hope and encouragement to those struggling on that “long and winding road.” Renee lives in Minneapolis, works in advertising, and also blogs for Your Teen magazine.
I stumbled onto a website last year, where you write a letter to your future self and then choose the date it gets sent to your email. I excitedly wrote mine and I just received it today. Wow! What a blast to read what I wrote — and not just because I can’t seem to... Read more »
'Tis the season, as they say; and for many parents, it’s a tough season. The month of December is a Pandora’s Box of expectations, demands, and pressure. You have the average month’s worth of usual stuff—work, laundry, keeping everyone healthy, basketball practices—then throw in the prep, planning and execution of the holidays. Makes you want... Read more »
I love November; a month filled with reminders to be thankful. It’s such a simple concept, yet we always need reminders to be grateful for what we have. As many single parents know, me included, it’s so easy to get caught up in the mantra of wanting MORE. We want MORE money because we’re exhausted... Read more »
When you’re raising kids on your own, you are a downright super hero. Making sure everyone gets to where they need to be, with all of their equipment and paperwork and lunches and gym shoes, is absolutely a Herculean effort. Even an average Tuesday can rock the socks right off of you at times.
I know... Read more »
I am the type of person that wants it all, and I want it all NOW. This mentality makes me feel like I’m perpetually chasing a bus I cannot catch, no matter how fast I sprint. Some days, it feels like an enormous task to just get everyone fed and into bed at the end... Read more »
For some single parents, the weight of the world often sits squarely on our shoulders. We are responsible for an incredible amount of things, duties, and actions. It’s not enough to pay the mortgage, be smart when making a purchase and keep the floors relatively clean – we are also responsible for our children. Now... Read more »
Who doesn’t love summer? Well, for many reasons, single parents. First of all, it’s a financial minefield. With school out there’s full time daycare to pay for and it’s not just a tiny bump; it’s a major increase in what is likely already a super tight budget. And then there are all the enriching camps... Read more »
It’s a Monday night and you’re sorting clean socks – a task that seems to have no end. How can there be so much laundry all of the time? You're tired from a weekend that revolved around your kids’ activities, but instead of relaxing with a Netflix binge marathon and buttered popcorn, you are washing... Read more »
Does this sound familiar? It’s Sunday night, and your kids are finally, finally in bed. As you walk down the hall, you think, “Where the deuce did my weekend go?” even though you know exactly where it went: cheering on your children in soccer, homework monitoring, grocery shopping, two Target runs, cleaning the bathroom, talking to... Read more »