Divorce Is Hard Work if You Do it Right

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Trying to parent your kid while fighting with your ex reminds me of the poem by Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”, but in the fighting version of the poem where the roads diverge, each parent takes a different path as well as one arm of their kid. Then they start pulling. There was no […]

STFU, Parents and Why this Single Mom Stays Anonymous

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Although I remain anonymous, I read all of the comments on Facebook and the RichmondMom.com Junkies forum. I love that some of you readers have asked me to come forward with an identity; I think its natural to want to put a face to a post. One post commenter even offered to buy me a […]

Life as a Single Mom: You’ve Got to Keep Smiling

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This morning I sit with laptop balanced on the arm of the couch, my little one in my lap, and my coffee in my free hand while we wake up to a sweet Saturday morning together. We rock-paper-scissored our breakfast decision earlier and so the house smells like bacon and our hands are sticky from […]

Families Come in All Shapes and Sizes (& Unsolicited Invitations for a Single Mom)

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Families come in all shapes and sizes. This is the message I’ve been working to spread, accept, and teach to myself, my son, and everyone in our community. It would all go so much smoothly if people in general were able to stop assuming. Or at least stop assuming out loud. What would happen if […]

Mistake No. 541


by Crystal Koch Pintac Since the first week of July 2011, our life has been fraught with mistake after mistake (with a whole lot of Life thrown in, too) made by me while D hung in for the ride. There isn’t much that teaches you about the mistakes you make more than watching a preteen […]

What Do you Get when you Mix a Single Mom and Dreams?

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Why does it take something life-changing to spur us into action? Last year I participated in (and I use that term loosely) NaNoWriMo – the national marathon novel writing event that happens every November. It costs nothing to join and the only thing holding you to the goal of writing 2,000 words per day is […]

Life as a Single Mom: The Truth of the Matter

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Tell the truth, tell the truth, tell the truth.                                     -Eat, Pray, Love I’m here to write about being a single mom living in Richmond. It sounds simple enough, but single motherhood has its own assortment of issues outside of “normal” motherhood topics over which I could wax philosophical about if you’d lend your ear […]