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The Complete Single Mother: Reassuring Answers to Your Most Challenging Concerns
     

The Complete Single Mother: Reassuring Answers to Your Most Challenging Concerns

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by Andrea Engber
 

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Your best resource now completely revised and updated!

Being a single mother isn't easy--but with The Complete Single Mother, Third Edition, it just got easier. Long the most popular source of encouragement and advice for single moms, this engaging, enlightening guide explores such important issues as:
  • Finances
  • Dealing with the

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Your best resource now completely revised and updated!

Being a single mother isn't easy--but with The Complete Single Mother, Third Edition, it just got easier. Long the most popular source of encouragement and advice for single moms, this engaging, enlightening guide explores such important issues as:

  • Finances
  • Dealing with the absent father
  • Custody
  • Dating and remarriage

With a new chapter devoted to children with special needs, as well as inspirational sidebars about famous single mothers, this updated classic is the supportive, one-stop handbook you'll turn to again and again!

Editorial Reviews

American Baby Magazine
Written by the founder and director of the National Organization of Single Mothers, this comprehensive guide explains what nearly ten million American single mothers need to know to overcome the challenges of daily life with dignity, wisdom, and courage. "Provides a world of support for women who often feel alone."
Library Journal
With more than nine million American women raising children alone by choice or out of necessity, it is surprising that most books on pregnancy and parenting still assume that the two-parent family is the norm. These two manuals written by single mothers offer useful, practical advice for women raising children alone. They include information on medical care, financial management, legal matters, career planning, social life, support networks, and dealing with family members. The Tippinses' book deals only with pregnancy and the baby's first year. It is organized chronologically by pregnancy trimester so that women can be prepared for the child's arrival. It includes sample agreements for women using sperm donors and co-parenting agreements, as well as a bibliography and resource list. The budget-planning advice is excellent. Engber and Klungness, writing in the tone of self-help books, cover the same topics, but they place more emphasis on the mother's self-esteem and other psychosocial issues. They also include child-development and parenting information about older children as well as a bibliography and resource list. Both books are more comprehensive than Jane Mattes's Single Mother by Choice (Times Bks., 1994) and Caryl Walker Kruger's Single with Children (Abingdon, 1993). They are highly recommended for all parenting collections.Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal.
Mary Carroll
"Traditional family" fanatics will hate this book, in which columnist Engber--founder of the National Organization of Single Mothers and "SingleMOTHER" newsletter--and psychologist Klungness offer other single moms some 400 pages of encouraging, practical advice on meeting the challenges of parenting without partners. In part 1, Engber and Klungness look at the various ways women "become" single mothers--through divorce, widowhood, adoption, donor insemination, or pregnancy outside marriage--and the special demands of each situation. In part 2, the authors focus on how single moms can handle pregnancy and birth, maintaining a household and maintaining their self-esteem alone, and in part 3, they talk turkey about the day-to-day difficulties of "raising terrific kids." They address in part 4 relations "outside" the family unit: with a supportive (or not-so-supportive) ex; with relatives and ex-relatives; with friends, other single moms, coworkers, "dates," and new partners. Full of helpful sidebars--checklists, do's and don'ts, tips on dealing with everyone from nosy neighbors to public agencies--and answers to questions from readers of Engber's newsletter and column, it belongs in most libraries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440518065
Publisher:
Adams Media
Publication date:
03/08/2006
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
File size:
4 MB

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The Complete Single Mother: Reassuring Answers to Your Most Challenging Concerns 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
alk722 More than 1 year ago
I originally found this book at a library for a research paper I was writing. I ended up buying it because the resources were so helpful. A lot of what is said is common sense, but it helps to have another spell it out. I have not been able to go through it all at this point, but refer to it often. Now that my class is done, I will have much more time to concentrate on this fabulous book. Nothing isn't covered!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly a fabulous book. It is incredibly informative, readable and comprehensive. It's hard to imagine a single mother issue that is not covered. And, while it is worthwhile for both women contemplating single motherhood as well as those who are already there, I can't recall any other resource that so carefully addresses the many issues related to single-mother-to-be concerns. In addition to using it as a resource in my work as a psychologist,I will heartily recommend this book to my clients.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives all one needs to know about the joys and pitfalls of single motherhood. Nobody said it would be easy, but with Dr. Klungness' insightful and erudite writing it makes it all come together quite easily. Read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must for all Single Mothers,Dads too! I can't tell you how many friends , friends of friends and family members I have given a copy or refered this book to. All were very appreciative and since have done like wise. Therefore,if you have a friend who is a single parent, even if they have been one for years, it's never too late to refer them to what I lovingly call the Single Mothers Bible. The 'Do's and Don't' of single motherhood are always on the money whether you 'Did or Didn't'. So, read it, learn and relax The Complete Single Mother has got you covered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a valuable resource. It contains useful and practical information for single parents. The sections on exceptional children were especially relevant. As a special education teacher, I have met many single parents of children with disabilities. The information contained in the book would be invaluable for them. I highly recommend this book for all single parents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As soon as I opened this book I was hooked. This book is filled with comforting advice. 'The Complete Single Mother' cover's every issue imaginable that single mother's face. Advice from single mother's to single mother's- it's frank & honest. You learn how to be a better mother and a better person.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found The Complete Single Mother to be an important work that enables a clear understanding of the single mother's experience and how being a single mother colors her relationships with others. The latter point is important to me because, as a single man who could consider making a commitment to a single mother, I am interested in knowing about how a single mother effectively manages her relationships with her child or children and her boyfriend, as well as her own needs within those relationships. Such an understanding, which Dr. Klungness presents lucidly and thoroughly, lays the groundwork for a meaningful relationship based on empathy and trust. I also found the information on Dr. Klungness' website similarly helpful. Five stars for sure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's very frustrating to look for books on single parenting and find nothing but divorce survival manuals and academic text books on the sociology of a select group some yahoo wrote to get a PhD. As an educated & professional never married, I was happy to have found this book when I was expecting. I still flip through it from time to time. The authors offer sound real world advice on functioning solo and are very encouraging. No matter how we became single, it can be an intimidating and scary place at first- the guidance offered in this book takes some of the edge off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this when I was 6 months pregnant (and abandoned) and 6 years later, it is still read often! It has every question answered for every situation you may be in and it deals with events that could happen from conception to when your child becomes an adult. I even bought a copy for my mother when she went through her second divorce! This is a great book to help all of us single mom's out there grow brave, stand strong and unite!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No one ever wants to 'fly solo' in parenting. But, if we must, why not be totally prepared? Get this book and keep it for future problems and successes. It's all here - just read it and stay tuned.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must have for any single mother! Very informative and the best resource i've found yet!