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Author: Karen Barton

Raising a Fatherless Boy: What Single Moms Need to Know

Single mothers are the breadwinner, the disciplinarian, the role model, and chief guardian of their children’s health, education, and happiness. Like my own single mom did, they make a heroic attempt to fulfill and excel at all these roles and more. There’s one role, however, that single mothers cannot fill: that of a father. Studies show that boys benefit from having contact with a father—even one who lives outside the home. Boys raised with a father somewhere in the picture often do better academically, financially, and socially than their fatherless peers. If you are a single mother raising boys...

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Solo Travel: The Magic of Miami

Single women need a sanity break once in a while. Refresh your mind and body, and throw back a shot of self-confidence, when you travel solo. But where to go? Welcome to Miami. The last time I drove from Fort Lauderdale to Miami was over a decade ago. My sister and I were in my then-boyfriend’s rusted Jeep Cherokee; it was 2 a.m. and we were in search of something fun to fill the night. We hit I-95 and headed south toward Miami – 40 minutes later we were standing outside the velvet ropes of some of South Beach’s...

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The Benefits of Jumping Rope

Jumping rope is not just for kids. In fact, it is one of the most complete, overall workouts that burns more calories per minute than most other forms of exercise, including running. It can be done just about anywhere without anything more than a good jump rope and cross training shoes. If you’re looking to rev up your exercise program, consider adding a couple of days or jumping rope to your regime. Jump Rope Tips Overall fitness benefits to jumping rope A 150 lbs person burns approximately 13 calories per min when jumping at a leisurely pace of 120...

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Top 10 Cities for Single Women

What makes a city a best place to live for single women? This year, analyzed major U.S. cities, with an emphasis on the criteria readers tell us are most important to them: employment opportunities; cost of living; access to travel; entertainment options; social opportunities; ratio of women to men; singles population; and healthy lifestyle, along with a few other lifestyle factors. Our City Picking Method As the country emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression, employment weighs heavily on the minds of single women and other working-age Americans. With career focus as a given, we disqualified...

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How to Save on Organic Food

The benefits of buying organic foods are abundantly clear to today’s shoppers. In the last ten years organic sales have almost tripled, yet most shoppers still believe that the price of organic food is cost prohibitive. A recent NPR report showed that 52% of shoppers believe that the price of organic food is too high. And the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that organically produced food can cost anywhere from 10% to 30% more than conventionally mass-produced food. 10 Ways to Save on Organic Food Buy Strategically:  In many cases organic foods offer great health benefits, while in other...

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