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50; biotech executive and co-founder of Leading Women for Shared Parenting (LW4SP); two daughters, ages 10 and 12; Newton, Massachusetts
When I divorced, my children were awarded the standard every-other-weekend visitation. Later, representing myself, I secured a shared parenting schedule. Since co-founding LW4SP, I’m thankful we’ve attracted so many accomplished women who are helping to introduce shared parenting legislation in 20 states.
In my own family, my children and I now share a meaningful relationship, and I’m involved in their educational, emotional and spiritual development. Perhaps I’m most proud of our ability to talk about any subject, including difficult topics such as sex, boys and drugs. I’m hopeful this relationship skill will serve my children well in their teen years and beyond.
51; financial expert and entrepreneur; 17-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter; Lake Tahoe, Nevada
I was a single mom for many years and had already made millions of dollars in oil, gas and real estate, so I needed to reinvent myself in a way that allowed me to be available and home with my children as much as possible. It was as much about building a business as it was about shaping the world around me. Today my son has his own business as a math tutor, event planner and ski instructor, and I helped my housekeeper set up her own cleaning business.
When I travel for work, I bring my children along as much as possible, exposing them to the world, incredible experiences and people. I prioritize building my tribe, including household help that is passionate about what they do and our family, and a team of adults in my community that are there for my children when I cannot be. I never felt guilt or shame about being a single mom.
38, owner of Black-Tie Babysitting, an on-site childcare company for special events; children ages 8, 10, 14 and 16; Garland, Texas
When I became a single mom, I was barely making ends meet at a corporate job, working long hours, commuting hours each day, and receiving less than $1 per month in child support. I barely saw my children, including one of my children who struggles with autism and a second with mental health concerns.
When my sister asked for no children at her wedding, I told her that hiring a baby sitter would make the event unaffordable for me. So I hired a baby sitter to watch the children in a room adjacent to the wedding. I packed up some toys and a slow-cooker full of hotdogs and asked parents of 20 other children to chip in. My business was born. The business has since grown to include corporate and networking events to address parents who lose social and professional connectivity.