SoloMoms! Talk

SoloMoms! Talk

Solo (divorced, single, married, widowed) moms get a whole new perspective on their own lives when they listen to the stories on SoloMoms! Talk Podcast. _________________________________________________________ This show brings awareness to the unique experiences of moms raising their kids alone. __________________________________________________________ Host, J. Rosemarie Francis welcomes dynamic guests who share their personal stories as well as offer helpful tips and strategies to solo moms globally. ___________________________________________________________ The podcast is designed to curate and share the struggles and triumphs of solo moms around the world. Expert interviews help to equip solo moms to become a better person, parent/co-parent, and partner. _________________________________________________________ From preparing their mindset for healthy relationships, providing tips on wellness, improving how to parent & co-parent effectively, and even how to create a life on purpose -- all things a solo mom needs to survive in this thing called life with one hand tied behind their backs -- thanks to the help of our guest experts. _________________________________________________________ I want solo moms to embrace their successes, celebrate who they are, and learn how to flourish. __________________________________________________________ Mission of SoloMoms! Talk Podcast is to: 1) bring awareness to the struggles of solo moms; 2) shine a light on the positive impact they make on their families and communities; 3) reduce the number of solo moms globally, through education, connection, and self-education; and 4) to help them see themselves as God sees them. _________________________________________________________ Hear it first on this podcast that lets solo mamas know they are not alone. And that you don't have to parent in silence. Website: This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podcorn -


January 4, 2022 16 min

Going to college is not for everyone. But when you decide that a college education is for you or your child, don’t get lost in the shuffle.  

Shellee Howard explains how her child graduated from Harvard debt free.  Listen to learn how she plans to have all her 4 children graduate with a college degree without going into debt.


If a college education is in you or your child’s future:

05:33 - How to talk to your child about th...

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As a new grandmother, I was curious to have a conversation with Gramps Jeffrey, author of I Don't Want to Turn 3.

It helps that the discussion is one of my favorite pastimes: reading.

Gramps encourages solo moms to use reading as a tool to bond with your kids and to teach them how to explore their world through reading.

Whether you're a grandparent or not this conversation will give you some inspiration to start using readi...

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One of the biggest struggles solo moms face is managing their health. Specifically, they struggle with weight issues that can lead to massive health problems. That's the reason I interview so many experts in health and wellbeing. To give solo moms various tools and strategies they need to manage their health.

In this interview, Brooke Simonson shares her struggles with weight loss as well as strategies she developed for susta...

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Jon McLernon is a Certified Health Coach that teaches his clients an inside-out approach that helps them reverse engineer weight loss.  

Having successfully lost and kept off over 100 lbs, Coach Jon is deeply familiar with the struggles that come with trying to lose weight in a healthy sustainable way.


  • Keep track of what you eat using a journal, app, or sticky notes
  • Have compassion on yourself regarding your behavior towar...
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    In this conversation with Iva Paleckova, we talk about what happens when you make the decision to move beyond the devastation of finding yourself a solo parent.

    Abandonment by her child’s father didn’t make Iva give up.  Instead, once she got a good look at her predicament, she stopped feeling sorry for herself and went into action.

    Bio: Iva Paleckova is a mindset and strategy coach for entrepreneurs, the CEO of,...

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    Carrington Smith is a divorced mom of two sons, an attorney, and an author. She shares her story of not only enduring sexual assault while in college but also the devastation that came with unsupportive family members.

    Carrington pours her story into her new book, Blooming: Finding Gifts in the Shit of Life.

    With adversity comes opportunity”. ~ Carrington Smith

    Despite multiple traumas, Carrington has not only overcome but she is ...

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    In this interview, I chat with DP Knudten about building a personal brand.  DP is the host of The Nonfiction Brand podcast and author of Nonfiction Brand.

    Building a personal brand takes focus and dedication. It's the best way to stand out from the crowd.

    Main Takeaway:

    You need to literally demonstrate to people who you are, what you do and how you do it in a way that differentiates you from anybody else.If you align yourself ...
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    Katie Belfi is a former FEMA attorney and a Readiness & Resilience Consultant. She currently focuses on helping individuals learn how to not only prepare for disasters but also how to bounce back from those circumstances.

    To prepare is self care” ~ Katie Belfi


  • Give yourself grace
  • Celebrating even small wins can help you cultivate resilience
  • Have a back up to your back up
  • Prioritize the things that will have the greatest ...
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    November is National Children’s Grief Awareness Month.

    1 out of every 20 children age fifteen and younger will experience the loss of one or both parents ( 

    I can’t imagine the statistics for the past two years as we continue grapple with the fall out from the pandemic.

    In this episode, I interview Jenny Lisk, mother of two who lost her husband to brain cancer.  Jenny was not only left to care for he...

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    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel solo in an RV?   I’ve dreamed of doing that most of my adult life.  But fear held me back.

    In this episode I talk with Kathie Belge, host of Travels With Squeaky Podcast about her experiences as a solo female RV traveler.

    I came off this interview wanting to get on the road right away!  

    Kathie thinks this is a great way for solo moms to travel with their kids. Imagine, no one ro...

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    Howard Dekkers helps individuals create an environment of economic scarcity so they can develop a system to become financially free. He teaches his student to become "money mindful".

    "It’s not how much you make but it’s what you do with what you make that will determine if yone day you’ll be financially free or not". Howard Dekkers


  • Even when they don’t seem to be listening your kids will absorb your teaching...
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    CPA, Susan Stutzel pursued perfection to the point of overwhelm and exhaustion. Being a mother, wife, and employee, made it necessary for her to make adjustments to create a more balanced life for herself.

    As a mindset and productivity coach, Susan shows working women how to live in a way that avoids overwhelm.


  • Stop what you're doing
  • One habit at a time can change your life
  • When Perfection Brings Overwhelm it's Time...
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    When you need a good distraction from the grind of life, take a break. Play a sport. Bond with your kids and grandkids. Even the dog can get into the fray.

    In this episode, I talk to Lynn Cherry, host of Pickleball Fire Podcast. Pickleball is a fast growing sports that is great for kids and adults of all ages.

    Connect with Lynn and learn more about pickle ball at or

    Click her...

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    Today's guest is Dr. Cam Caswell, Adolescent Psychologist and family success coach. We talked about teenage behavior and how we as parents interpret them. She points out how different the relationship is when you are a solo parent of a teenager.

    Dr, Cam is focused on giving teens a voice so we as parents can better understand them.

    When we make our children's lives about our own, we tend to feel guilty as a parent.

    "We ...
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    I wanted to kick off Season 4 by bringing to you one of my favorite online mentors. Jonathan Milligan is an author, podcaster, and online business coach. His "15 Success Traits of Pro Bloggers" was of the roadmaps that got me to become serious about blogging.

    We all have unique gifts and abilities. When we find what it is, our duty is to create a space where you can share it with others. The talent or gift you have is no...

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    Tashondra Smith is a solo mom of 4 children and business owner. She tunnels through the mountains in her life to raise well adjusted kids who love and respect her.

    Tashondra also runs a business that specifically hires solo moms across the US and Canada. Hires work as independent contractors to do customer service, sales, and tech support functions for businesses.

    But if you listen to this interview you'll see why I laughed u...

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    I recorded this episode almost a year ago. But it's still very relevant to our day to day. Jed Doherty, host of the Reading to Your Kids Podcast, talks about the benefits of reading.

    Reading benefits the reader.

    Benefits of reading with your kids:

  • Creates a bond with them
  • Let them know they are important to you
  • It's a way for you as a parent to relax
  • Connect with Jed at

    Learn Strategies to Cut Coll...

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    A short bonus episode in addition to my upcoming interview with Tashondra Smith.

  • What my son says about connecting with your neighbor.
  • Join us on our next Connect Monthly Meet Up for a special presentation by Bonnie Burkett
  • No matter your child's age, you can learn strategies to cut their college costs. Click the link below to register to this free presentation for moms of kids of all ages.

    Click to register ...

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    August 30, 2021 37 min

    Amanda Carrasco is a solo mom, law student, business owner, and volunteer. Phew!

    She married her now ex-husband twice. Unfortunately, it didn't work the second time either. But Amanda has decided to live in the moment, enjoy her children and pursue work that matters.

    Amanda Corrasco says:

  • Your worth is not dependent on whether he chooses you or not
  • Know who you are and what you value; make decisions according to those values
  • Whe...
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    "Husbands love your wives just as Christ loves the Church and gave His life for her..." "...In this same way husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies." (Ephesians 5:25)

    In this episode, Donna Wayles, author and domestic abuse survivor shares her story. Our conversation centered around how to spot red flags, spousal abuse, and how it's handled by the church.

    Donna writes about her experience in he...

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