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Emma Johnson
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Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lived in Sycamore, Illinois
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Is outsourcing laundry smart time management — or laziness?
Other ways to listen: iTunes ♦ Stitcher ♦ TuneIn ♦ SoundCloud (and coming soon … GooglePlay!) Weird, sad and true: One of the most popular WealthySingleMommy posts of all time is this one: You are stupid if you do your own laundry. I... Keep Reading →
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"The rules of marital relations in the United States presume that all things spousal are between the married party. Sacred. Except for the marriage therapist. And, in half the couples that face divorce: the lawyers, judge, accountants, individual and family therapists, life coaches, ministers, girlfriends, sisters, brothers, bros, parents, new boyfriend/girlfriends, parents, unsuspecting fellow playground parents, and anyone within ear-shot of the separating person’s verbal transgressions against their now-ex."
Here are a list of topics that are nearly universally safe to ask a friend about: “How’s work?” “How’s the job search?” “How are the kids?” “Can you believe the election?” “How’s your parents’ health?” “How’s your dating life?”... Keep Reading →
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In this episode, LegalZoom 's Laura Goldberg joins me to answer listeners’ questions about:
*Why a will is so, so important.
*The expensive, heart-wrenching process that your loved ones face if you don’t have a will.
*How to have those difficult conversations, like guardianship of your kids in the event of your death, with loved ones.
*The difference between a will and trust.
*Why even very poor people need a will.
*The cheapest, easiest, and most personal way to get a will today.
*What you can learn from Price about the importance of legally securing your legacy.
*What single parents need to know about estate planning.
*The stress relief of creating a will (you know you should do it, but feel guilty / bad for not!)
*Why a living will is one of the most loving gifts you can give people you care about most.
Other ways to listen: iTunes ♦ Stitcher ♦ TuneIn ♦ SoundCloud (and coming soon … GooglePlay!) I’m very proud to partner with LegalZoom to create this episode of Like a Mother. So many followers have asked me about wills and trusts, which... Keep Reading →
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A home is a life. It is not just about the floorplan and countertop material. Careful not to get swept away with good looks, and consider carefully the lifestyle you are buying.
This post was created in partnership with Owners.com. For most moms, your housing is your biggest expense — and if you own, your biggest investment. If you’re in the market for your first — or a different — home to buy,... Keep Reading →
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Moms are horny in Bad Moms. Amy emerges from her sexless, longtime marriage, her friends admonish her Mrs. Doubtfire wardrobe and utilitarian bra. The chaste mom is the weirdo in Bad Moms.
Warning: Spoiler alerts abound. This weekend, I saw Bad Moms, the new film lead by Mila Kunis, which promised some cheap laughs. On that, it delivered. Proud to say, I cackled so hard at all the dick/drinking/SAHM jokes that two... Keep Reading →
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It seems like they don't like being mothers, and instead would like to continue living the life they had in their 20's. Why did they get married in the first place? Why not just give the kids to their dad, and drop out of motherhood?
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Can women really have it all — and can we achieve personal and professional success ethically? Equity The Film, created by women, IN THEATERS TODAY, explores just that.
In this Like a Mother episode, coproducer and star Sarah Megan Thomas (OFFICIAL), a married mom of a toddler, met me in my Times Square studio where we discuss:
*Is it OK for women to wield their sexuality to get ahead at work?
*Is she offended by media questions about being a working mom?
*Why Hollywood stopped calling after she had a baby
*How she produced and starred in a major film with a baby at home
*Lessons learned from Thomas’s own professional mom
*What’s up with Anna Dunn looking so haggard?
*What she wears at home working
*Where women go wrong when it comes to work and money
*Is entrepreneurship the antidote to workplace sexism?
*Where women go wrong when it comes to risk and failure
*Have it all?
Other ways to listen: iTunes ♦ Stitcher ♦ TuneIn ♦ SoundCloud (and coming soon … GooglePlay!) Really excited to announce this episode comes via Sanebox, a super-easy-to-use app that turned my email inbox from enemy to BFF. I used to have thousands and... Keep Reading →
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You absolutely cannot let your ex show up happenstance at your house — or with unreasonably short notice.
It does not teach your children appropriate behavior of stable adults. Face it: No one operates like that. Your kids have a schedule at school, with friends, activities. You have a work schedule. I don’t even talk to my mom on the phone without arranging it by text first. Showing up willy-nilly is a sign of instability.
I recently met the mom of a teenager who had been divorced for more than 10 years. She hadn’t dated since her divorce, she said, because she didn’t have a predictable schedule. Her kid’s dad would show up without warning... Keep Reading →
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I’m giving away three (3) $50 Amazon gift cards. To enter, leave an iTunes review for my podcast, Like a Mother. Here's how:
Hey guys! I’m giving away three (3) $50 Amazon gift cards. To enter, leave an iTunes review for my podcast, Like a Mother: Go to my iTunes page here. Click the blue “View in iTunes” button under my pic, on the left ... Keep Reading →
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I don’t want my kids to ask for stories from when I was person, before I was a mom. No one ever thinks their parents were better as ‘just a mom,’ when compared to before you were a mom. Before you-were-a-mom stories are in full technicolor, narrated with raunchy music and laughter and flirting. Those stories are of when you were a woman.
I am writing from a charming apartment in Copenhagen (complete with wood floors, white walls, and minimalist, teak furniture — biked parked outside on the cobblestone walk), where I will spend the next three weeks living, working, traveling, hanging... Keep Reading →
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A few years ago I wrote this post: Why single parents should put kids second when dating. It is by far one of the most trafficked posts on WealthySingleMommy, and one of the most polarizing. And the more I read and write on the topic of single moms and dating, the stronger my stance: In a serious relationship, your romantic partner comes first.

I meet most men that I date online. It’s very common for guys with kids to write in their OKCupid profiles: “My kids come first,” or “My daughter is the center of my world!”

I get where you’re coming from. You want a potential mate to know that your life includes the giant presence of a kid or four. You also want women to know you’re a devoted dad (it’s no secret chicks get hot for guys who are great with kids!). Got it. Roger!

But I bristle at those lines. When it comes to relationships, I’m fond of saying, You never really knows what goes on between people. But there are a few couples in my life who I look to as models of the kind of marriage I’d like one day. People who really enjoy each other. Respect and support one another. And in these families, the parents put their relationship before the kids. They are the dynamic centriforce around which the family’s life orbits. And everyone thrives as a result.
Other ways to listen: iTunes ♦ Stitcher ♦ TuneIn ♦ SoundCloud (and coming soon … GooglePlay!) A few years ago I wrote this post: Why single parents should put kids second when dating. It is by far one of the most trafficked posts on... Keep Reading →
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Vice president Erin Manning, played by the Equity's coproducer Sarah Megan Thomas, does not tangle with the executive, and she does flirt. Pretty Erin, a generation younger than Naomi, who we discover is pregnant with her very nice husband’s baby. Erin does not suffer from sharp elbows syndrome, and in fact, is quite adept at maneuvering the IPO founder’s explicit advances into a career-advancing agreement to sign an otherwise elusive nondisclosure agreement.
Underlying the the entire plot of Equity, the new film that explores the challenges of women on Wall Street, is the question: Should women wield their sexuality to get ahead at work? Spoiler alert: The film concludes: YES. Also: No. But really: Yes. "That is one thing we explore that hasn't been done before: [...]
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Dozens of moms are buying courses for moms who can't afford it. Why? Because they can. And that is beautiful.
Ladies, something magical is happening! In case you missed it, a couple days ago I wrote “Why she surprise-bombed another single mom with this gift,” about Carleen Murchison, a mom in my Debt Free Single Moms Facebook group, asked... Keep Reading →
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Blog at WealthySingleMommy.com. I'm a fulltime freelance journalist. I write about money and women. SUCCESS magazine contributing editor
Employment
  • Forbes
    Contributor (paid), 2014 - present
  • DailyWorth
    Senior contributor, 2013 - present
  • SUCCESS magazine
    Contributing editor, 2009 - present
  • Self-employed
    Business writer, 2003 - present
  • Retail Me Not Insider
    Senior personal finance writer, 2011 - present
  • WealthySingleMommy.com
    Founder, writer, 2012 - present
  • Associated Press
    Finance reporter, 2004 - 2005
  • East Valley Tribune
    Health care reporter, 2000 - 2003
  • Sofia (Bulgaria) Independent
    Editor, 2000 - 2000
  • MSN Money
    Columnist, multimedia, 2006 - 2008
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Sycamore, Illinois - Astoria, NY - Phoenix, AZ - Urbana, IL - Luneville, France - Quito, Ecuador - Sofia, Bulgaria - Atlanta, Georgia - Valdosta, Georgia
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Mom. Business writer. Blog at WealthySingleMommy.com.
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I spend my days wrangling two little kids and lots of words. I live in Astoria, New York which is equal parts cozy, thrilling and filthy.
Education
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Journalism, 1994 - 1998
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