Category Archives: Single Motherhood

Breakfast in Bed

Weeks before Mother’s Day, it became clear that six-year-old Claire had absorbed the importance of the day and had big plans to check off every box a child could check to mark the occasion. Bags of artwork would come home … Continue reading



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Spring Celebration of New Life! (Wendy Sue’s Story)

Happy Spring, my friend!  Isn’t it truly magnificent how Mother Nature resembles our lives, and reminds us of our own natural transitions?  Like the blossoming ecstasy of new life after a cold and dark existence. This Spring, in particular, is … Continue reading



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The Next Stage

I just registered my youngest for kindergarten, and I’m almost positive that means life is getting easier. If nothing else, I’m counting on lower daycare costs, but people insist I’ll soon be spending that money on ukelele lessons, lunchboxes and … Continue reading



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Cyma Shapiro Interviews Serena Kirby, author of Better Late Than Never Baby

Hi, Serena – I’m so happy to be interviewing you, today. As my Australian compatriot, I see so many similarities in our midlife experiences, despite being half-a-world away. Today, I’d like to focus on your wonderful book, Better Late Than … Continue reading



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Tips for Raising An Only Child (Part III)

The single-child family is the fastest growing family unit in the developed world so you’re far from alone if you have just one child. For many of us who became mothers later in life, it wasn’t ‘choice’ but ‘circumstance’ that … Continue reading



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100% Responsible Mothering, But Never Alone

I was a single parent for one month shy of four years – the first years of Isaac’s life. Prior to having a child, I’d considered getting a dog thinking I was finally ready to take on that weighty responsibility. … Continue reading



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Tips for Raising An Only Child (Part II)

Undoubtedly the most noticeable drawback for the young ‘only’ child is the absence of a sibling playmate.  This often leads to heightened demands for parents to be the child’s primary playmate. As fatigue can be a major factor for older … Continue reading



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Through the Eyes of A Midlife Mother

Everyone was having children. Except me.  Co-workers. Friends. The teenagers I taught in an afterschool program. The moms at the mall who yanked at their children’s arms and made them cry with curses and slaps. I received birth announcements. Baby … Continue reading



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Doing a Little Less, Imperfectly, At Midlife

My friend’s mother just had a heart attack. A small one, and she’s recovering well. But besides the shock and concern my friend has for her mother, she’s lost her mother’s help with her two children, and her life has … Continue reading



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The Advantages in Being An Only Child of an Older Mother (Part I)

Whether as a result of increased fatigue or decreased fertility, the reality is that many later in life mums have only one child. “Spoilt Brat”, “Little Emperor” or simply “The Boss”, these are just some of the phrases often attached … Continue reading



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