Diane C Dierks, LMFT

The wise old suggestion to save 10 percent & give 10 percent of our income are admirable goals, but nearly impossible for many single parents. Single mothers are the least likely group to save because a large percentage earn below poverty level. Read more

In my conversations with many single parents, I often sense a feeling of hopelessness about their ongoing struggles. Simply maintaining what we have can be a challenge that doesn’t seem to leave much room for personal growth. Read more

Most single parents struggle with how to juggle vacation schedules with the ex, arrange daycare for their elementary-age kids, or keep their teenagers busy and out of trouble. Very few are planning their next solo exotic getaway. Read more

Divorce often creates a financial imbalance between parents. If one parent remarries and the other doesn’t, there may be a difference in lifestyles between the two homes, which can create a sense of competition between parents. Read more

After a painful breakup, there is often nothing left but raw emotions. Unfortunately, we react to these emotions, exaggerate reality and appease our anger. That might feel good, but it’s definitely not a healthy reaction to share with your children. Read more

Not only is the “parenting” part of being a single parent a tough job, but when you add the financial responsibility to the mix, we find that raising kids in our world takes more than most single parents can earn. Read more