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The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children Paperback – October 17, 2017
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A Kickass Single Mom believes mothers do not have to choose between professional and financial success and being an engaged and present parent. You reject any notion that stay-at-home moms are better moms, or that children require a parent home full time in order to thrive.
A Kickass Single Mom seeks without guilt or shame work that is exciting, creative, and fulfilling.
A Kickass Single Mom strives for financial independence. Adult women do not chose to be financially dependent.
A Kickass Single Mom never plays victim. You are responsible for your life. You are not allowed to blame your ex (or his family, your family, your boss, the economy, your landlord . . .) when times get tough. You are never, ever, ever entitled.
A Kickass Single Mom sets giant scary goals for herself and her family, regardless of what her family looks like, or what other people think she is capable of. Because risk is the only way to grow and change--financially, professionally, and personally.
A Kickass Single Mom never makes professional decisions "as a single mom." Because statistically, single moms are poor. Don't decide to be poor!
A Kickass Single Mom is hopeful and positive about romance. You do not succumb to messages that there are no good men out there, or all the good guys are taken, or successful men don't want to date women with kids. Remember: You are rewriting the rules of romance, and being a positive role model for your children in all things in life--including dating.
A Kickass Single Mom does not need a man.
A Kickass Single Mom prioritizes her sexuality, and never denies her romantic or sexual needs in the name of being "a good mom."
A Kickass Single Mom forgives. Your ex did really horrible things during the relationship. You likely did, too. You forgive yourself, and you forgive him--and any lawyers, judges, in-laws, friends, and others whom you are angry at. It is impossible to build an incredible life for yourself and your family if you are stuck on anger and revenge for things that happened during a romantic relationship that is now over.
A Kickass Single Mom does everything she can to successfully co-parent with her kids' other parent. You support a father's rights and do not presume that you are the superior parent just because you are a mother. You do everything in your power to facilitate a relationship with your child's father. Maybe he checks out of your kid's life for a time. But if and when he is ready to be involved, you welcome it and are never vengeful.
A Kickass Single Mom accepts responsibility for her children's well-being. Period.
A Kickass Single Mom puts her self-care first, per the oxygen-on-the-airplane philosophy: When you are fulfilled professionally, creatively, and in your health, spirituality, sexuality, and relationships, you are a better woman and mother.
A Kickass Single Mom will stumble, fail, and eff stuff up in the worst way. Then you will get back up and go for it again. As a Kickass Single Mom, you recognize that you might not have it all figured out right now, but you are taking steps to be financially independent, romantically fulfilled, and a confident, empowered mother.
A Kickass Single Mom relishes that she is a role model of professional, personal, and maternal success for her children, as well as for other women and moms.
A Kickass Single Mom gives back. Even--especially--when you feel like you don't have any more to give, you remember that you can give to others, and that gives you strength.
A Kickass Single Mom accepts help. You are just one woman, you are vulnerable, and you can't do everything on your own (that would be insane). As a Kickass Single Mom, you prioritize relationships that nurture and support you and your children.
A Kickass Single Mom appreciates every single day that she lives in a time of unprecedented wealth and opportunity for women, and it is her duty to honor both the people who fought for her to have these opportunities, as well as those who come after her.
A Kickass Single Mom knows: I am capable of so much more than I limit myself to. I open myself up to the amazing and impossible.
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Top international reviews
Well done Emma for writing this book, i could not put it down once i started to read it.
It's so rare to hear positive and empowering ideas about single motherhood, co-parenting, and dating as a single parent. This book is an absolute must-read for any single mother, whether she's newly single or has been at this game for years. A much-needed perspective and a huge step towards changing individual and societal perceptions on what it means to live life as a single mother, and smashing the limitations we place on single mothers. Read this book and prepare to kick some ass!
Emma has a way of describing all the different emotions, and stages of single motherhood (emotions we all have, although our stories are different) from day one of solitude, desperation, anger, loneliness, doubt etc through to success.
She allows the readers to doubt as well as rise from the ashes with dignity and grace. She gives you the tools you need to survive and continue. She guides you through with simple steps and exercises, helps you gain control again. It’s well written, well researched and also debunks many of the motherhood myths that we are so caught up in, at least I was. She inspired me, gave me the tools to manage and made me laugh at myself, the world and most importantly she gave me HOPE.
The book literally got me out of feeling sorry for myself, desperate, scared and disillusioned to inspired, full of fighting spirit and determent to MAKE IT ON MY OWN!!
I keep TKASM next to my workspace to keep reminding me, that I can and I will succeed and my 4 children will be happy and have the most amazing lives!
Gratitude and Thanks to Emma Johnson for your very wise words, knowledge.
One last thing, all mothers should read this book, not just single mums.
Erle Astrup, single mum of four beautiful kids in France.
Even if I don’t read other chapters what I read already helped me a lot