Sing Your Own Song: A Guide for Single Moms

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A refreshingly different motherhood manual...

Cynthia Orange brings equal parts information and inspiration to this pragmatic yet soulful guide for single moms. Managing time and money, juggling the demands of work and child care, balancing personal needs with parenting responsibilities-these are the everyday concerns Orange addresses with preach-free common sense and welcome candor. Interwoven with firsthand stories and experiences, Sing Your Own Song resonates with affirmation...

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Overview

A refreshingly different motherhood manual...

Cynthia Orange brings equal parts information and inspiration to this pragmatic yet soulful guide for single moms. Managing time and money, juggling the demands of work and child care, balancing personal needs with parenting responsibilities-these are the everyday concerns Orange addresses with preach-free common sense and welcome candor. Interwoven with firsthand stories and experiences, Sing Your Own Song resonates with affirmation and support for single moms everywhere.

"The advice offered in this guide is empathetic, practical, and mercifully realistic. It's like having a kind companion at your side whispering encouragement in your ear."
Cheri Register, sole custody mother and author of The Chronic Illness Experience, Are Those Kids Yours?, and Packinghouse Daughter

"Cynthia Orange speaks from the heart and from a wellspring of experience, her own and that of many whom she interviewed. An excellent resource for any mother who is struggling alone to be all that she is called on to be."
Karen Casey, author of Each Day a New Beginning

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A creative writing instructor at the University of Minnesota, Orange was a single mother two decades ago for a couple of years before remarrying. For this book, she has put that experience into perspective without bitterness, hate, or sappy optimism. She opens with a thoughtful look at "family" that emphasizes unconditional love, open communication, and a "bond that transcends biology or marriage." This is followed by straightforward advice that helps single moms evaluate what they can do to take care of their needs and ask for help. Chapters deal with several issues: helping children be resilient, managing a home/job/ school, juggling romantic relationships and sex, and dealing with neighbors and grandparents all in a tone that's realistic and helpful. After all, as she quotes Andrea Engber in The Complete Single Mother, "You are single, not dead." Take a minute, Orange advises again and again. "Life, love, and happiness are fluid. They require movement and risk." Resources galore throughout; recommended for public libraries. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568385723
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
  • Publication date: 5/1/1901
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Orange is a writer, editor, creative writing instructor, and writing consultant who has authored five booklets for Hazelden and co-authored the best-selling meditation book Today's Gift. She has published over 450 articles, columns, and guest editorials, including several award winners. She lives in West Saint Paul, Minnesota.Cynthia brings equal parts information and inspiration to this pragmatic yet soulful guide for single moms. Managing time and money, juggling the demands of work and child care, balancing personal needs with parenting responsibilities-these are the everyday concerns Orange addresses with preach-free common sense and welcome candor. Interwoven with firsthand stories and experiences, Sing Your Own Song resonates with affirmation and support for single moms everywhere.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
1 Redefining Family 7
Creating New Images
Take a Minute: The Metaphorical Family
Family History
Take a Minute: Revisiting History
The Power of Myth
Take a Minute: Inventing New Myths
Combating Stereotypes
Take a Minute: Moving Beyond Stereotypes
Creating a Working Definition of Family
Take a Minute: Defining Family
2 Creating Community 30
Seeking and Receiving Support
Take a Minute: Listing Your Resources
Redefining Friendship
Take a Minute: Negotiating Healthy Relationships
Creating an Intentional Community
Take a Minute: Building Community
Discovering a Virtual Community
Take a Minute: Visiting a Virtual Community
3 Of Mentors and Men 51
The Importance of Mentors
Take a Minute: Finding a Mentor for Your Children
Take Another Minute: Finding a Mentor for Yourself
The Importance of Men in Children's Lives
Take a Minute: Finding Male Role Models
4 Mothering Yourself 62
Can You Spell Codependent?
Take Time to Make Time
Take a Minute: Setting Your Own Priorities
Chang What You Can Change
Take a Minute: Dialogue with Self
Stress Management
Take a Minute: Mothering Yourself
Learning to Forgive
Embracing Imperfection
Take a Minute: A Blessing a Day
5 Raising Resilient Children 94
Experience Makes Us Strong
Take a Minute: Lessons Learned
Parenting from a Position of Strength
Toward Positive Parenting
Mothering Not Smothering: Establishing Appropriate Boundaries
Take a Minute: Enmeshed or Disengaged?
Parenting as a Practice
Communication Is the Key
Take a Minute: Becoming a Listening Presence
Teachable Moments
Take a Minute: Teachable Moments
6 The World Out There 125
Earning and Learning
Take a Minute: Preparing a Monthly Budget
Working Outside the Home
It's Never Too Late to Go Back to School
Sex and the Single Mom
Take a Minute: Developing Your Dating Criteria
7 Send in the Crones 149
Lessons in Letting Go
Take a Minute: Designing a Rite of Passage
Changing Bodies, Changing Lives
Single Grandmothers
Parenting Our Parents
Epilogue: Coming Full Circle 165
Resources and Reading 168
Bibliography 177
Index 183
About the Author 189
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2001

    This Book Could Be About Me!

    I found myself a single Mom years ago. I came across this book through the urging of a friend. I found myself intrigued with the responses given by the adult children of single Moms and wondering if my son owned those same feelings. I love this book!! The song goes on.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2001

    What every mother needs to know

    I wish someone had given me this book when I was raising my children. Although I was not a single mother, the wise advice to be gentle with yourself and take care of yourself are issues for every mother trying to balance many demands in her life. The practical pointers on parenting, rethinking family and creating community are useful for all parents. This wisdom is delivered with warm support, compassion and gentleness. It feels like a hug from the mother/grandmother we all wish we had. I have also worked with single mothers who struggled under a great deal of stress. They would have found this book a welcome resource for making decisions, solving problems, finding support, developing confidence and building relationships.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2001

    An optimistic refelction on today's family

    This book will cloak you in warmth and optimism. It is a comforting and hopeful book and is relevant to anyone thinking of family -- starting one, reflecting upon one's own. Reading it has made me think about the environment and community I would like to offer my children and the values I'd like to instill in them. I was struck by its warmth and optimism and, other than being a very good read, it is valuable to any parent or guardian.

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