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No, Young Kids Don't Need a Father

No difference in well-being of kids of single moms by choice, heterosexual couples: study

(Newser) - Ladies considering becoming single mothers may get a confidence boost from a new study out of the Netherlands, which has found no difference in the well-being of young children raised by women who chose to become pregnant without a partner and those from more traditional households. With fertility treatments for... More »

Single Mom Faces Jail for Selling Food on Facebook

Mariza Ruelas belongs to a food group on the site

(Newser) - When California single mother of six Mariza Ruelas joined the Facebook group 209 Food Spot a few years ago, she and other members would exchange recipes, meet for potlucks, and sometimes swap or sell their dishes among members. So Ruelas said yes when a member of the group asked to... More »

Why This Single Mom Dressed Up Like a Dad

'I wasn't about to let him miss out,' Texas' Yevette Vasquez says

(Newser) - A Texas mom stepped up to the plate (complete with a Texas Rangers baseball cap) for her son last week in the most heartwarming way. Fox 4 reports that Yevette Vasquez was dropping her son Elijah off at Fort Worth's Sue Crouch Intermediate School Thursday morning when she remarked... More »

Single Mom Thrown in Jail for Overgrown Lawn

Ebony Conner's 5 kids waited at their Illinois home while she cleared things up

(Newser) - An Illinois woman with five kids was arrested July 7 and briefly thrown in jail for an offense that the town of Cahokia obviously feels strongly about: not mowing her lawn, the Week reports. Single mom Ebony Conner tells KMOV she was verbally warned by a municipal code-enforcement officer back... More »

Pregnant Teacher's Body Found After Alleged School Affair

Arrested assistant principal Robert Marks has yet to talk

(Newser) - A married middle school assistant principal has been arrested in the murder of a pregnant teacher with whom he was allegedly carrying on an affair in a case that's shaken Baton Rouge, La. Instructional specialist Lyntell Washington, 40, was seven months pregnant and the single mom to a 3-year-old... More »

CDC: This Is America's Most Sleep-Deprived Group

Half of single moms and 42% of single dads say they don't feel rested most mornings

(Newser) - Sleep problems are widespread in the US, affecting adults and kids alike, but a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that single moms not only sleep less than any other demographic, they also have a harder time falling and staying asleep and they are more... More »

Single Mom Returns Wallet With $1K

Fargo woman said, 'God is really testing me today'

(Newser) - A single mother in Fargo says she hoped to set an example for her 7-year-old daughter when she returned a wallet containing $1,000 that the two found while running errands. Sadie Hill and her daughter, Adalee, found the wallet earlier this week in a parking lot. Hill said she... More »

Mom's the 'Breadwinner' for 40% of US Families

But in many cases, it's because she's a struggling single parent

(Newser) - You kids had better respect your moms: In a skyrocketing number of American homes, she's the one putting food on the table as stay-at-home moms become things of the past. Women are now the primary or only income source for 40% of US households with kids, according to a... More »

First Lady Calls Herself 'Busy Single Mother'

Michelle Obama quickly corrects herself in TV interview

(Newser) - A Vermont TV station's interview with the first lady is getting lots of attention for unintended reasons, notes Mediaite . In the course of talking about the demands on busy parents, Michelle Obama slipped up and referred to herself as a "busy single mother" before quickly correcting herself. The... More »

Only Tip on $138 Meal: 'Single Mom, Sorry'

Incident, real or not, sparks a firestorm on Reddit

(Newser) - Here's a tip for bad tippers: Don't make lame excuses. That's a lesson one woman may be learning after allegedly leaving no tip on a $138 bill at a restaurant, and instead writing on the bill, "Sorry, single mom." As if that weren't bad... More »

Most Babies to Young Moms Born Out of Wedlock

More than half of births for women under 30 occur outside marriage: NYT

(Newser) - Out-of-wedlock births have been rising in the United States for 50 years, but now they've crossed a big threshold—more than half of all the babies born to women under 30 are born outside of marriage, reports the New York Times . While 59% of babies overall are born to... More »

Huckabee: I Didn't 'Attack' Natalie Portman

He's just very happy about her pending nuptials

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee will have you know that he didn't diss Natalie Portman's out-of-wedlock pregnancy— contrary to what you might have read in the "Hollywood media" —nor, for that matter, "did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country," reports Politico. He is, however, really glad... More »

New Moms, Don't Quit Your Jobs

Stay-at-home mother warns about the long-term financial consequences

(Newser) - Katy Read left her full-time job as a reporter in 1996 to raise her two sons and remains grateful for all the moments she didn't miss as they grew up. That's the good news. Here's the bad: "Now I lie awake at 3 a.m., terrified that as a... More »

Jennifer Aniston Hits Back at Bill O'Reilly calling him 'Prince Charming'

(Newser) - Jennifer Aniston hit back at Bill O'Reilly, who recently slammed her views on single motherhood as "destructive to society" complimenting him. "Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth," she... More »

Fake 'Obama Mom' Ads Dupe Students

They're similar to ploys used to hawk subprime loans

(Newser) - Pro Publica sheds light on a particularly scummy practice all the rage on the Internet designed to sucker low-income single mothers: So-called "Obama mom" ads are springing up all over promising mothers that the president wants them to return to school so badly he's created special federal loans... More »

Scott Brown: From Latchkey Kid to Male Model to Senator

His story is 'part Horatio Alger, part Zoolander'

(Newser) - One look at Scott Brown’s past, Frank Bruni writes, and you can see that “he’s indisputably self-made” with a “background that’s part Horatio Alger, part Zoolander.” Sure, the “famous truck” was purchased “not so he could haul lumber” but to haul his... More »

Palins, Oprah Discuss Bristol's Sex Life

Sarah Palin, Bristol Palin talk abstinence

(Newser) - American's most famous teen mom and her famous mom, Sarah Palin, talked abstinence with Oprah today. Bristol Palin plans to hold to her vow not to have sex until she's married, even though the queen of all media offered her an out: "It's nobody's business when you chose to... More »

Army Charges Single Mom for Going AWOL

She faces prison time for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan

(Newser) - The Army has filed court-martial charges against Alexis Hutchinson, an Army cook who refused to deploy to Afghanistan because she couldn't find anyone to look after her 1-year-old son. Hutchinson, 21, is charged with "missing movement" and absence without leave, among other things, reports the Savannah Morning News . Missing... More »

Army Arrests Single Mom Who Won't Deploy

Superiors told her to put 10-month-old baby in foster care

(Newser) - A single mom faces potential criminal charges after she skipped her deployment to Afghanistan to care for her 10-month-old son. Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, an Army cook, says she couldn’t find anyone to care for the boy, and that when she told her superiors of her dilemma, they said she’... More »

Falco Brings Soul to Mean Nurse Jackie

Actress adopted quietly; is more like Nurse Jackie than Carmela

(Newser) - Former Sopranos matriarch Edie Falco is back, and this time her cable series character is closer to the actress herself—a blue-collar woman who shirks appearances and works hard, Newsweek reports. But Falco isn't quite the brassy protagonist in Showtime's Nurse Jackie, either. The Long Island native is a warm,... More »

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