Sing Your Own Song: A Guide for Single Moms

Sing Your Own Song: A Guide for Single Moms

by Cynthia Orange

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Sing Your Own Song: A Guide for Single Moms by Cynthia Orange

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568385723
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/1901
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
1Redefining Family7
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
2Creating Community30
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
3Of Mentors and Men51
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
4Mothering Yourself62
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
5Raising Resilient Children94
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
6The World Out There125
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
7Send in the Crones149
Lessons in Letting Go
Take a Minute: Designing a Rite of Passage
Changing Bodies, Changing Lives
Single Grandmothers
Parenting Our Parents
Epilogue: Coming Full Circle165
Resources and Reading168
Bibliography177
Index183
About the Author189

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