Choosing Single Motherhood: The Thinking Woman's Guide

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 20, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 448 pages
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The comprehensive guide for single women interested in proactively becoming and being a mother—includes the essential tools needed to decide whether to take this step, information on how best to follow through, and insight about answering the child’s questions and needs over time.

Choosing Single Motherhood, written by a longtime journalist and Choice Mother (a woman who chooses to conceive or adopt without a life partner), will become the indispensable tool for women looking for both support and insight. Based on extensive up-to-date research, advice from child experts and family therapists, as well as interviews with more than one hundred single women, this book explores

• common questions and concerns of women facing this decision, including: Can I afford to do this? Should I wait longer to see if life turns a new corner? How do Choice Mothers handle the stress of solo parenting?
• what the research says about growing up in a single-parent household
• how to answer a child’s “daddy” questions
• the facts about adoption, anonymous donor insemination, and finding a known donor
• how the children of pioneering Choice Mothers feel about their lives

Written in a lively style that never sugarcoats or sweeps problems under the rug, Choosing Single Motherhood covers the topic clearly, concisely, and with a great deal of heart.

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User Review  - chrisjean -

This book turned out to be a wealth of much needed information. Definitely an excellent book to read if youre considering single motherhood. Highly recommended. Read full review


Typical Inner Conflicts
Is It Fair to the Child?
Choosing the Method
DaytoDay Parenting
The Legacy of Choice
Connecting the Dots
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About the author (2008)

MIKKI MORRISSETTE is a Choice Mother of two and a longtime journalist. She has been both a writer and an editor at Time Inc. and has written and edited special projects for the New York Times. She is now married and lives with her family in Minneapolis.

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