SoloMoms! Talk

SoloMoms! Talk

Solo (divorced, single, married, widowed) moms can get a whole new perspective on life when they tune in to SoloMoms! Talk Podcast. This show brings awareness to the unique experiences of moms who are raising kids alone. Join host J. Rosemarie Francis as she welcomes dynamic guests who share their personal stories and offer advice to solo moms globally. 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. The content is designed mostly to equip the solo mom so that she can become a better person, parent, and partner. I want solo moms to embrace their successes, celebrate who they are, and learn how to flourish. My desire is to: 1) bring awareness to the struggles of solo moms; 2) shine a light on the positive impact they make in 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 here first on this podcast series that let solo mamas know they are not alone. And that you don't have to parent in silence. Ways you can support SoloMoms! Talk: Join as a guest - schedule Interview J. Rosemarie on your podcast Listen, subscribe, rate, and review Become a patron by contributing via Patreon This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podcorn -


October 18, 2021 15 min

As a CPA, Susan Stutzel pursued perfection to the point of overwhelm and exhaustion. As a mother, wife, and employee, she made the necessary adjustments in her life to create more balance for herself.

Susan now coaches other working women how to live in a way that avoids overwhelm.


  • Stop what you're doing
  • When Perfection Brings Overwhelm it's Time to Say No
  • Get in touch with Susan here. | LinkedIn: @sstutzelcoach...

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    When you need a good distraction from the grind of like, 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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    August 23, 2021 26 min
    "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 today's episode I interview Donna Wayles and author and domestic abuse survivor. Or conversation centered around spousal abuse and how it's handled by the church.

    Donna writes about her experience in her book "I'll P...

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    To be better in our relationship with others, we may need to look at the person in the mirror. Some self-healing and self-reflection helped me recognized the mistakes I made about relationships I've had.

    This bonus episode reflects on aspects of my interview with Dr. Roberta Shaler. To form better relationships we need to know the traits of a chameleon. We have to learn to recognize when someone is about to hijack our lives.


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    When you need help with your current or past relationship, Dr. Roberta Shaler may be just the person to talk to.

    Dr. Shaler will coach you on how to handle "hijackals" as well as how to spot a chameleon. Very interesting conversation on how we end up in controlling relationships.


  • Be careful with people who are in a hurry to live together, get married or have a child
  • Don't be too quick to sleep with someone you j...
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    I like to reflect on aspects of interviews that resonate with me. Sometimes I've had similar experiences as my guests. When that's the case I want to explore those ideas.

    In this bonus episode I talk about tips to create better relationships with your teen. The ideas came from my interview with Dr. Lisa Bravo in Episode 26.

    Maybe you can relate. If so, let me know your thoughts on the topic.


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    Struggling to understand your teenager?

    Dr. Lisa Bravo is the author of The Bravo Effect. She has used her experiences from her teenage years to create a framework based on her last name -- BRAVO.

    Bravo is also a psychotherapist and uses her framework to help parents navigate the relationship with their teenagers.

    2:57 - Teens are trying desperately to connect their parents

    3:55 - B.R.A.V.O.

    11:05 - Finding middle ground


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    While listening to Cassandra Spencer's story, these 5 things resonated with me and inspired this bonus episode.


  • Keep record of everything
  • Get professional help
  • Remember it's about the kids
  • Don't be afraid to change your lawyer if necessary
  • Take care of yourself
  • See Episode 24 | Season 3 for Cassandra's story.


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    After listening to Cassandra's story, I started writing letters to my sons.

    This is the story of a solo mom's struggle with the family court system and the loss of custody of her daughter.

    "When kids end up in the system, very tragic things can happen" ~ Cassandra Spencer

    Cassandra Spencer is a journalist, court reform advocate, and author.

    The story is gut wrenching. Yet heartening. Because she is using her experi...

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    Queen D. Michele talks about her life after divorce, being an empty nester, and living in Jalisco, Mexico on today's episode.

    She explains how living on a small pension and hustling to make up her budget shortfall after retirement wasn't cutting it. After much research and consideration, Queen found her purpose on the shores of Lake Chapala.

    Learn more about Queen D. Michele at You can also ...

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    Teen addiction is on the rise.

    Today's guest Richard Capriola, former substance abuse counselor is the author of The Addicted Teen: A Parent's Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse. He clears up some misconceptions about substance use disorder and what to do if a parent suspects a child is addicted.

    His book may also serve as a guide to help you help your child if you suspect they are struggling with an addiction.

    "Pay at...
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    I was elated to sit down and talk with Boss Mom, Dana Malstaff recently. Dana has built a successful business around mothers as entrepreneurs. She teaches moms how to nurture a business while nurturing their families.

    This vibrant solo mom has created an active Facebook group over 55k+ members, mostly mompreneurs during the past 6 years.

    Some Takeaways

  • When you're a solo mom the kids are a part of the team
  • Don't disresp...
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    "Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him". (Psalm 127:3)

    Before today's guest even started having her own children she saw the need to wrap her arms around other peoples' gifts.  

    As a social worker, Debbie Ausburn saw the trauma that children in the juvenile court system experienced and wanted to help. So she became a foster mother, raising other people's children solo.

    Debbie is the author...

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    On today's episode I talked with Jessica Dawn Russell, Entrepreneur and Mentor to Women. We discussed our relationship with each other as women as well as the relationship we have with our moms.

    Jessica grew up with the ideal family makeup in mind.  But although it didn't turn out the way she planned, she remains dedicated to her children while building multiple businesses.

    Women should have a closer relationship with each ...
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