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Candid convo on what smart moms care about : Money, business, career, parenting, feminism, dating and sex. Emma Johnson features celebrities like Arianna Huffington, Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger to Gigolo's Vin Armani, sharing amazing stories from national experts, girl bosses and regular people, too. A U.S. News "Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts," this twice-weekly podcast makes inspiration hilarious. Catch Emma’s blog at WealthySingleMommy.com.
 
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*Learn more about catching a cheat: Wealthysinglemommy.com/catch-a-cheater Beverly Hills private investigator Ken Childs shares: *How to catch a cheater *Signs of an unfaithful wife, girlfriend, husband or boyfriend — and how to catch them *Is he cheating or am I paranoid? *Apps to catch a cheating spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend: What is the best a…
 
Experts warn the coronvavirus pandemic is creating a global mental health crisis: Social isolation, fear of disease and financial stress are deeply affecting the mental health, relationships and overall wellbeing of nearly all of us. In this episode, I interview Haesue Jo, a licensed therapist, and Clinical Support Lead at BetterHelp, the largest o…
 
Earlier this year I interviewed an incredible woman, someone whose work has changed the way I feel about my body, sexuality, gender and life: Regena Thomashauser, aka Mama Gena, who, through her in-person and online workshops called Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts, and books by the same name, Thomashauer offers a fascinating history on the power…
 
In the 90s, social media entrepreneur Kim Garst was sick of being broke, so she launched a seven-figure business from her dining room table with no marketing. When she maxed out on that web design business, Garst became involved in a wildly successful network marketing business, which morphed into consulting, and eventually Boom Social, a social me…
 
Why is everyone such a financial mess? Why do successful, highly educated women have zero idea what is going on in their finances — and abandon their financial power to men? What do really successful people have to say about money and success? Bobbi Rebell, Reuters anchor and author of the new How to Be a Financial Grownup: Proven Advice from High …
 
Jean Chatzky is a personal finance journalist, bestselling author of eight books and financial editor for NBC's Today Show. Here we talk about: Focus on earning vs. skimping - especially for women. "Your financial life doesn't work how much you save if you're not bringing in money." "I enjoy earning money, it makes me feel safe, confident and indep…
 
This is an important episode. Terry Brennan, co-founder of Leading Women for Shared Parenting, an activist organization responsible for introducing legislation in 20 states, that makes equal, shared parenting the presumption in family court. This is a critical issue for children, who suffer from absentee fathers in alarming figures, as well as men,…
 
Sallie Krawcheck is often cited as one of the most influential women on Wall Street. Among many other accomplishments, she is the co-founder of the female networking coalition Ellevate Network, and CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a digital financial advisor for women. She's also a wife, mom, and philanthropist. On this episode of Like a Mother, Sal…
 
After the 2016 presidential election, like so many of us, Valerie Schull, a single mom in Chicago, was angry. So Valerie, a Spanish teacher, got motivated. Schull is the co-founder of a local resistance group that is fighting against change in federal and local governments that do not support their progressive beliefs. Their mission statement: We w…
 
Suzanne Venker's New York Times Bestseller The Alpha Female's Guide to Men and Marriage: How Love Works is only a testament to the fact that there are a lot of alpha women out there — women with difficult marriages, women searching for romantic love, women who worry their skyrocketing career and direct ways threaten her marriage — or the prospect o…
 
I love me some Lauren Greutman! This Syracuse, New York married mom of four was living the American dream ... 3,500 square-foot custom house, two luxury cars parked in the driveway, new furniture, dinners out ... and $40,000 in credit card debt. Fast forward through slinging steaks at a local restaurant, selling off everything she and her husband o…
 
The awesome Jenny Hoff at CreditCards.com interviewed me for her latest ChargedUp podcast episode. This is a great conversation about my own story of overcoming my fears, hang-ups and neuroses when it comes to single motherhood and money. It is also about overcoming your own barriers that keep you stuck financially, emotionally, and professionally.…
 
Being kickass, and being an activist, can come in many forms — often quieter and more private. That is what drew me to Teri Teves, a Portland, Ore., single mom of one, who switched careers from advertising to cosmetology, specifically lash extensions. Her new career gave Teri the time flexibility and high income that she craved. But making women fe…
 
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 info…
 
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…
 
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 rel…
 
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 Y…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 sa…
 
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…
 
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?…
 
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 marriag…
 
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 …
 
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 w…
 
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. …
 
[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 …
 
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 r…
 
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: Where to find …
 
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 w…
 
In my work writing about women, money and family in the United States, there are two prevailing issues: Dads who do not live with their kids are barely involved. (Just 22% of dads who live apart from their children see them more than once weekly, per Pew.) That pay gap will. not. close. Here's the answer: Start all custody negotiations at a default…
 
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 kindergart…
 
In this episode, I discuss what you should REALLY be doing for Mother’s Day. (Hint: It’s not church and brunch!) In fact, my Mother’s Day plans don’t even involve my kids – and you know what? That’s perfectly fine. I’m also giving YOU permission to do whatever the hell you want. Want to take a four-hour nap? Do it. Want to day drink? Do it! Want to…
 
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: The public's definition of what constitutes a single mom Why it's important to raise kids to appreciate the struggle Why people don't trust the …
 
In today’s episode, I discuss… Why you need a side hustle How to get one What makes a good side hustle Maybe you need a little extra cash, maybe you’re bored with your current career, or you want to safeguard yourself against a recession or an industry crash by having a fall-back plan. Maybe you’re interested in pursuing your passion project, but y…
 
Loren Guillory moved to Dallas only to have her new job fall through at the last minute. Homeless and running out of resources, she eventually found assistance, got on her feet, and created First Stream Cleaning. Starting her own business quickly boosted her esteem and enabled her to think bigger. Now she helps other women find their own opportunit…
 
I hear it all the time: "I'm spending money on things I cant afford, just so I can give my kids memories!" That's not helping anyone, especially not your kids. In my own life, the moments and rituals that meant the most, gave me comfort and truly shaped me, were free. It's cliche but true. The things that really matter aren't necessarily glamorous …
 
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 gobankingrates.com/singlemom 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 K…
 
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 "smoo…
 
Ever feel like your beef with someone – maybe with an ex, or even a friend or a boss – is getting to your head? Maybe you feel the negative effects of a grudge sending you spinning, weighing you down. I'll admit it. I have a very active mental life, emotional life, creative life, and one of the things I’m really bad at is letting things go. But I k…
 
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 w…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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, wh…
 
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 tha…
 
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 of…
 
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 info…
 
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 sa…
 
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 ju…
 
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