I Magicked My Perfect Man Into My Life and My Super Soul Dad

For years I struggled with men. I married way too young and stayed way too long. Then, I ended up in a five-year defacto rebound relationship with the wrong man that resulted in me pregnant and alone. Then there was the addict, the philanderer, the narcissist, the commitment phobe, the ‘I forgot to tell you I’m married’ guy, the control freak, the long distance guy and finally there was Mr Right.

So, how did I find him? I mean, isn’t that what all us single girls are looking for? The One, love at first sight? Our knight in shining armour? It turns out I’m one of the lucky ones because I got my happy ending with my very own version of Mr Perfect. It helps that has a remarkable resemblance to John Hamm, but what is most attractive about him is that he is really just perfect for me. We quite often joke that we are the female / male version of each other. Born a day apart, perhaps we are Cosmic Twins brought together by the Universe after both travelling a hectic and often-unhappy relationship paths.

The truth is, and I’m going to give it to you straight, I magicked him into my life! Huh! I hear you all say, ‘as if’, yeah right, but it’s true. So how did I do it? I guess it was fairly simple when I look back, it was purely all down to the law of attraction.

Bronny and Sol

Bronny and Sol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I found myself single and pregnant I probably thought I was at my lowest point, who would ever love me, yet alone love me with a child, which people in their mid 30s thought of as an accessory or appendage but mainly if they didn’t have one, just a massive burden. I actually had girlfriends advise I get an abortion because it would be soooo hard to find a man with a baby. Turns out that was not the case at all, because I didn’t have a short supply of suitors, but I did have a short supply of suitable suitors.

After she was born, like most new mums I went looking for books to read to my daughter, there was nothing that was suitable. Nothing that was just about a mother and her daughter, a single mother situation and so I decided given I am both writer, publicist and marketer that I would just write my own and self publish that baby. I had interest from publishing companies but at the end of the day I went it alone, just like giving birth. My Super Single Mum was born and with that I wrote around another 8 stories all surrounding diversity in families; single dads, two mums, two dads, grandparent books, rainbow families and a family about a stepfather that was called ‘My Super Soul Dad’.

My Super Soul Dad

My Super Soul Dad

Now you might be thinking this sounds like it’s turning into a massive plug for my books but you’ll stop in your tracks when I tell you what happened 8 years after writing that book called My Super Soul Dad. After my failed romantic liaisons I basically decided to be single, but a lady cannot live on air alone and so I thought a few Tinder dates wouldn’t go astray. I downloaded, logged on, created my profile and then there he was love at first swipe, well he was the third swipe actually but let’s not let that get in the way of a good story. I swiped, it was a match and then we got chatting. Turns out his name was Soledad. Do you think I was confused? Yep, I was completely confused so much so I asked him his name many times, Soledad he would say thinking (so he tells me now) it was lucky I was pretty because I seemed a touch thick! Soledad he would say, and I would think, OMG – I get you are a single dad, just tell me your name! Finally I caught on, his name is Spanish, it’s a real name, a girls name actually but hey, it’s a pretty cool name isn’t it so who cares what gender it belongs to. I struggled with how to say his name in the early days of our dating adventures and would just call him Sol or baby or honey. Finally, after a voicemail where I heard him say his name I got it. He wasn’t Soul Dad, he was Sol-eh-dad. After that I said his name with gusto – lots. Finally, I told him, ‘did you know’ I typed ‘I wrote a book 8 years ago called My Super Soul Dad, that’s half the reason I was so confused about your name’. We laughed. That was Law of Attraction number 1.

Bronny and Sol

Bronny and Sol

As for the second part of this story, well I guess a few of you are going to think I am insane, but I’m just a hippy at heart actually. I had helped a friend with their RSVP profile in 2013, telling them they needed to change photos, bio etc, basically I PRd the f out of that profile and within a week he met the ‘one’. A year later I was at their wedding in a wheelchair recovering from Achilles Tendon Reconstructive Surgery (damn that Crossfit!), his beautiful wife came to me and thanked me for changing his profile which in turn brought them together but then she told me that wasn’t the only thing, that a little bit of magic had also come into play. This was when she revealed the ‘man spell’ to me.

This is the part where we detour just for a moment, when you snap your Achilles Tendon you essentially become disabled for the period of time you go into recovery, so whilst I was in recovery mode I needed to amuse myself, I couldn’t really work for a little while and so I became obsessed with Mad Men, do you remember what I said about John Hamm earlier? Okay, let’s just say Don Draper to me would have been my dream man come true minus all his character and personality flaws. Give me a man who looked like Don Draper and the personality of Jerry Seinfeld and we’re getting close to my perfect man.

But back to the man spell. So, she tells me, ‘I did a man spell’, get a piece of paper, on the front print off a picture of a man you think is attractive to you (that would be Don Draper for me), then on the back you write your grocery list of what you want in a man, down to minute detail. I laughed, was she serious? But after seeing their love story and being bound by a cast and incapacity to actually walk I thought what the heck and gave it a go. I printed out my picture of Don Draper and then I wrote my list, it was long, it took an A4 page, hey – she said to go into detail, so I did, and I’m talking I went into DETAIL you know what I’m saying ladies right?

I remembered her last piece of advice, once you have your two pages, put them together and stick them under your bed to sleep on. Was she kidding I thought, I hope nobody finds this as I maneuvered my way to the bedroom and slipped the spell under my mattress. Fast forward a year later and I’m on Tinder and who do I see but a guy that looks like Don Draper, I’m thinking ‘who puts a picture of John Hamm on their Tinder profile” then I look closer and I think “when was John Hamm at Brighton Beach” and then I look closer again and I think “oooooh that’s him” swipe right, yes, yes, yes and it was case closed. To be honest, it wasn’t just what he looked like, yes, he’s gorgeous, in person too it turned out, but actually I loved how he described himself ‘we could be friends’ I thought.

Turns out we are, we are best friends in love and life. I joke we are partners in wine, crime and time. That was the law of attraction in action part 2. I magicked him into my life, what can I say, I asked and I received. I told the Universe what I wanted and the Universe answered.

Bronny and Sol

We vote YES to love!

The moral of the story? Don’t give up, I do believe there is someone for everyone. My partner brought me three beautiful children to love along with his and I brought him one. We are a squad of six and couldn’t be happier. We are and blended family – My Super Fantastic Blamily (yes there will be a book!). Maybe a little bit of magic could work for you too.

Bronny Lane is a writer, children’s book author, publicist and film maker. She has just released her fifth children’s book titled “My Two Super Mums” and her first feature film “Four Girls and a Motorhome” is in development with Running Panda Films.

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Easter Story and Ideas

Would you like to know how Easter came to be? When people think about Easter for some it’s about chocolate, easter egg hunts and celebrating time with family whilst for others it’s a religious celebration. It might interest you to know the real story behind how the Easter bunny came to life.

“According to the University of Florida’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, the origin of the celebration — and the origin of the Easter Bunny — can be traced back to 13th-century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate.” Ian O’Neill

The truth is that there is no story about a creature known as the Easter Bunny. Who would of thought! Neither is there about young children painting eggs or hunting. So really Easter is what you make it, so have fun and spend time with your family and friends.

Have a look at this link it’s a game called: Bunny Trail Maze

In this game you’re a cute bunny and you have to find the Easter egg’s.               http://www.easterfun.com/bunnytrail/index.html

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Yum, who wouldn’t like to try these? Here’s how:

STEP 1
Melt blue and Bright White Candy Melts® candy, separately, in dipping containers according to package directions.
STEP 2
Melt Bright Pink, yellow and black Candy Melts® candy, separately, in disposable decorating bags. Cut a small point off of tip of disposable decorating bags when ready to decorate.
STEP 3
Dip some pretzels halfway in melted blue or white candy. Reserve some pretzels for chick design. Tap dipped pretzels gently on side of container to smooth and remove excess candy. Place on parchment.
STEP 4
For confetti pretzel, immediately sprinkle with spring confetti mix. Chill until set, about 10 to 15 minutes.
STEP 5
Transfer remaining melted candy to disposable decorating bags. Cut a small point off of tip of disposable decorating bags when ready to decorate.
STEP 6
Use melted blue and pink candy to pipe diagonal lines on pretzels. Pipe three diagonal lines for each section, alternating blue, pink and blue candy. Space sections 1 in. apart. Repeat in opposite direction to create a crisscross pattern. Chill until set, about 3 to 5 minutes.
STEP 7
Follow the same directions for white drizzle pretzels, using melted Bright Pink and yellow candy.
STEP 8
Place plain pretzels on cooling grid positioned over parchment. Starting 1½” down from top of pretzel, use melted yellow candy to pipe a rectangle to cover area on pretzel 1½” long. Tap grid gently to smooth and remove excess candy. Chill until set, about 10 to 15 minutes.
STEP 9
Use white melted candy to pipe a zigzag edge to cover above and below yellow area. Tap grid gently to smooth and remove excess candy. Chill until set, about 10 to 15 minutes.
STEP 10
Use melted black candy to pipe dot eyes.
STEP 11
Cut orange spice drop into triangle. Use melted yellow candy to attach. Chill until set, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Happy Easter!!!
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Stop Calling Yourself A Single Parent

I am not a married parent! It's just me and this divine child and we're very happy thanks!

I am not a married parent! It’s just me and this divine child and we’re very happy thanks!

Do you know what get’s my goat. And I’m talking, instant anger, flare up, nostrils splay out, lips become a thin line, brow furrows and my fingers instantly want to tap furiously onto something to get my feelings out. It’s when partnered women cry ‘single parent’.

Yes, I hear you all now, and yes this is a direct response to Amelia Mitchell from the iVillage article ‘I’m a single mum, Monday to Friday’. Here you all go, I’m pushing the soapbox forward for you all, so form an orderly line. “Stop judging her”, “maybe she does feel single”, “she has her side to the story”, “but her husband does work all the time” “She never sees him and he never sees them”.

To all of that I have one word “choice”. We all as conscious human beings have to some degree a level of choice in our lives. If you choose not to exercise it – to play slave to the money god then yes – probably you will lead a life like that and get to 40 something and wonder why you don’t remember your now suddenly teenaged progeny’s childhood. So please, don’t cry ‘single parent’ just because your partner works long hours or away. The fact is, you’re not a single parent and you would have no idea of what it is actually really truly like to be a single parent.

Firstly, when people say this, they are insinuating that being a single parent or ‘mother’ (as this article suggests) is a bad thing. Well excuse me, but don’t lump yourself into my life as if being a single parent is a chore. It is in fact a joyous experience for me. I love being a mother and I love being a single mother. There are many wonderful upsides that nobody seems to talk about. Number 1 being I don’t have to share. Which is great, because I never liked sharing as a child anyway. Secondly, I don’t have to discuss my child’s education, medical, emotional or any other kind of decisions with anyone; I can do as I please. It’s me raising her 100% and she is happy, well adjusted emotionally, physically healthy and thriving. Reading at a grade 3 level in fact. Must have been all those horrible nights I read her books all on my lonesome before she went to sleep. I hope you’re getting the sarcasm there.

The fact is this; I think these people who cry ‘single parent’ simply miss their partner. They wish they were around more, but let’s get one thing straight. Their partner is around. They’re at the end of the phone, a Skype conversation away, a text message during the day. Their partners do come home, whether it’s late or not. They do eventually go on holidays together and enjoy family time and when they do – I bet it’s precious, because they had to wait for it.

So I’m going to ask a few very simple questions to really get my point across. Have a think about the answers before you prepare to sledge me for my opinion.

1. Would you call yourself gay if you were not gay?
2. Would you call yourself a man if you were a woman?
3. Would you call yourself the Pope of Rome, even, if in fact, you were not the Pope of Rome.

Then why on earth do you insist on calling yourself a single parent when you’re not? I could go on about financial responsibility of the single parent, how we don’t have anyone else to rely on and more, how we don’t remember how date night is supposed to work and more. But really, it all comes down to this. When people complain they are a single parent, they are saying it like it is a bad thing. And for most of us single parents that is an insult, because most of us are perfectly happy. In fact, most of us are much happier than we were when we were complaining about our partner never being home.

I suggest people start seeing the glass as half full and stop complaining about how hard they have it. I find a quick visit to any children’s hospital usually puts one’s problem’s quickly into perspective. Here’s another option. Perhaps as a family choose to stop being a slave to the dollar, downsize, work less, be together more. What’s funny is that people would rather whine about how hard they have it, than see the good in what they do have.

The irony in all this is that I as a single parent probably have more in common with the absent parent in this scenario. I’m up early, drop my daughter at before school care, I work a long day and it’s after 6pm by the time I collect her and get home to do anything that resembles what a stay at home mum does. But you know what. That’s my choice. And I only do it 3 days a week because then the other 5 I can do whatever I want – which includes not being a slave to what society thinks I should or could be doing with my life.

I am single parent and I love it. Time to embrace the good in life. Don’t you think?

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My Two Super Mums Coming in 2015 Plus Personalised Illustrations from Bronny

We are so excited to announce that the writing phase of the creative process for My Two Super Mums is complete. This means that the lovely Lisa will now commence working on the illustrations for the book. We expect My Two Super Mums will be ready just in time for Mother’s Day next year so watch this space for this exciting fifth installment in the My Super Family series.

Did you know that Bronny can draw? Whilst she doesn’t illustrate her own books she does dabble in the art of illustration and will be as a part of the Crowdfunding campaign we will be launching in the new year a special reward of a framed, signed, personalised illustration just for you! Here’s an example of what you can expect and one of Bronny’s working drawings. We hope you are as excited as we are by this development in Bronny’s work.

Don’t forget we love hearing from you, so let us know your favorite books from the My Super Family series and make sure you get your Christmas orders in now in time for Christmas! All 4 books uare just $40 which is an amazing saving. Watch this space for more news and til then, let us know what you think about Bronny and her drawings.

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My Super Single Dad Review Bonanza

We’ve had a lot of lovely support over the last couple of weeks for My Super Single Dad and thought we’d share the love with you all!

Thuy On from the Sydney Morning Herald called the book refreshing, TOT:Hot or Not are giving away five copies and Mrs. P from Daisy Roo and Too wrote up a lovely piece about the whole My Super Family series!

We’ve also run giveaways with Bubhub and Parent Wellbeing, which went really well!

The support we’ve had for this book has been really encouraging. It’s so important to remind children that families come in all different shapes and sizes! It’s not the money spent on a child that counts, but the time and love that make all the difference.

We can’t wait to tell our next story of two fabulous mums raising a child together!

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Bronny’s Books team

 

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My Super Single Dad Book Launch

Saturday October 18 was a great day for the Super Family team – it was the launch of My Super Single Dad!

The place to be was the fab Little Bookroom in North Carlton where Bronny’s happy helpers Brad and Ella set up balloons and gave the kids gift bags and yummy cupcakes. The gift bags featured exclusive merchandise from Aromababy and a cool Super Family bookmark!

We always had a raffle to give away a great door prize thanks to our friends at Notemaker. One lucky winner took home:
– a 2015 Family Diary;
– a Moleskine iPad Cover and;
– a Kaweco Pen!

At 3 30 Bronny did a reading of My Super Single Dad to an enthusiastic crowd of kiddies hanging on to her every word. Bronny then signed all of their books and even read My Super Groovy Gran at the request of one super fan!

To make a perfect date even better, we found out that we need to do a third run of the book that started it all, My Super Single Mum. We even sold out our stock at Little Bookroom. It’s making us think about future ideas…maybe a My Super Single Mum on the Road series??? Single Mums can do anything 🙂

The book launch was such a thrilling way to end a very productive year for the team at My Super Family, and we’re hard at work revising our next book, My Two Super Mums.

If you weren’t able to join us on the day, here are some pictures of what you missed out on!

Brad with some super cupcakes!

Brad with some super cupcakes!

A super single dad and his son!

A super single dad and his son!

Bronny and her captivated audience during the reading of 'My Super Single Dad'

Bronny and her captivated audience during the reading of ‘My Super Single Dad’

Three generations of a super family:- (l-r) Alexis, Bronny and Marguerite

Three generations of a super family:- (l-r) Alexis, Bronny and Marguerite

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Bronny’s blog on Mamamia!

Bronny has written a fantastic blog about her late brother Justin over at Mamamia.So far it’s had over 700 Facebook shares and Bronny has even been invited back to do another blog for them!!

 

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Single Mother? How About We Just Call Them Parent.

Do you know what gets my goat? Journos like Andrew Bolt lambasting single mothers for all of society’s woes! And don’t get me started on the TV programs that show women in their late 30s or 40s having abortions because they fear becoming single mums (yes, I’m looking at you The Slap!).

A quick Google search of the words ‘Andrew Bolt’ and ‘single mother’s’ revealed an astounding number of pages and pages of search results for his blogs, not all of which lambast single mothers, but also for comments attached to his blogs. This actually just made me feel sad that single mothers who are already vulnerable, are attacked rather than assisted. Let’s keep in mind that the Labor Goverment in 2013 enforced a new law whereby all single parents once their youngest child turns 8 will be transferred to the New Start allowance – a measly $527 per fortnight. Somehow this is supposed to force single parents into work rather than be on welfare. It does not take into account who will look after the children before and after school – or the fact, the amount most likely earned whilst working will in fact be paid out to before and after school care if parents can not find some other cheaper option. It got me thinking – why the hate Bolt? What did single mothers ever do to you. Why can’t you ever write in a constructive supportive way about single mothers or in fact just keep your opinions to yourself.

In his ironically titled blog ‘The Troubled Rise of The Single Parent’ Bolt makes some staggering accusations at single mothers whilst proffering flimsy quotes to back up his argument. For example, how about this pearl of wisdom:

‘the demographic profile of the single mother makes uncomfortable reading’

Really? Why so uncomfortable? Is it because single mothers step up and take responsibility when usually fathers have walked away? Happy to have their fortnightly visits or indeed – no contact at all. What I find uncomfortable is the rate of abandoned pregnant women by father’s who choose to not take responsibility for their actions! In fact statistics gleaned from the USA (apologies it’s not Australian – apparently the Australian Census doesn’t deem this important enough to gather these statistics) showed that a remarkable 44.2% of single mothers are either divorced or separated! Given there is a trend away from marriage it’s not surprising that the second highest statistic is that of those never married – 36.8%. This does not take into account whether the mothers were in fact partnered and abandoned post pregnancy announcement, or after baby came along. Regardless, it really doesn’t help single mothers when high profile journalists like Bolt like to dig the boot in because their parental status makes him uncomfortable.

There is a general consensus that children raised in happy, loving, secure households tend to be the most well adjusted. Let’s get something straight. Just like not all partnered parents are the same neither are all single mothers! There are plenty of unhappy, abusive two parent families. Quite often the result of these unhappy families is a single parent situation – when the said abused parent finally leaves. Could we perhaps surmise that a child with issues in a single parent family is perhaps carrying those issues from the very two parent family that created the abusive situation? In actual fact the single parent is now trying to pick up the pieces of the chaotic two parent environment to nurture and care for their child. I am sure we have all been shocked by the recent and tragic murder of Luke Batty – the eleven year old child murdered by his father in cold blood. A child who began life in a two parent household, whose mother then made the tough decision to go it alone, thereby creating a safe and secure environment for her son, only to have the father who was mentally deranged murder him in front of her and many of the Tyabb community. Might I add, Luke’s mother Rosie has shown enormous courage in the face of unbelievable tragedy, with this to say:

“No one loved Luke more than Greg, his father. No one loved Luke more than me. We both loved him,” she said. ”It was a tragic situation that no one could see was going to happen. I’m still dealing with disbelief. I’m here right now because I know you have a job to do, and I want to tell everybody that family violence happens to everybody, no matter how nice your house is, no matter how intelligent you are.”

My God, what an amazing woman. What an amazing parent. Such dignity in the face of such an unbelievable situation. The fact she even allowed contact at all is a credit to the kind of woman she is. Obviously one with values and beliefs that believed her child should be allowed a relationship with his father. Bravo Rosie. Bravo.

I would like to suggest something, let’s get rid of the label ‘single mother’ and just call her ‘parent’ because that’s what she is and does whether she is in a relationship or not. She is the parent picking up her child from school at the end of the day. She is the parent you see walking hand in hand with her child around the lake. She is the parent you see dropping her child to dance lessons. She is the parent you see playing tea party in the front yard. She is the parent doing the work of raising her child the best way she knows how. I’ve lost count of my partnered friends who tell me ‘I’m really a single parent because (insert hubby’s name) is constantly away with work!’. Um, yeah you’re not love, but anyway. I’ll stick to the point. Does this family situation also make Bolt feel uncomfortable? The family that has one parent work away so much so that one of the parents feels they are single? Or is this okay because it fits the stereotype of how a family should be. How does Bolt feel about parents who stay together in abusive, angry households for the sake of the children? Is this a better option than removing the child and putting them into a single parent house? One that is safe and bereft of anxiety and drama?

Let’s discuss the notion of parents and who should be parents. Because according to people like Bolt it should be a man and a woman living together as husband and wife equalling ‘normal’. Well in my opinion parents are the people who raise children in their care, whether they are a foster parent or an aunt and uncle who have taken on their deceased siblings children or Grandparents who have taken over where there children have failed or even two Dads or two Mums. It doesn’t really matter because all these parental situations as long as they are safe and secure are perfectly fine when there is a loving and nurtering environment for children to grow.  It’s parents raising children, not single mothers or single dads or two parent families. And let’s keep in mind that in ALL situations, some do a good job and some do a really crap job. Can I point out the partnered pair in the USA recently sentenced to sixty years jail for the neglect of their baby whom was starving to death while they played video games. I can give you many more cases of two parent unions really stuffing up when it comes to the parent stakes. But I guess it gets Andrew Bolt more hits or more likes or comments as Google seemed to reveal to make stupid biased statements like:

‘unmarried motherhood has become something of a profession’

Well thanks Bolt at least you acknowledge that women do work in the home. Oh, sorry you were having a dig not implying that the work women do in the home is a job.

You see, it’s pieces like the Bolt one that make it seem like all single mothers chose to be single mothers, that they said, oh hey – look I can get $600 a fortnight from the government (because that’s a fortune – right?) and live off the fat of the land and get myself a big screen TV. WRONG! He seems to be forgetting all the single mothers who fled to women’s shelters, and left abusive narcissistic men, who were dumped when they were pregnant and decided abortion was not the answer, all the women who lost partners to horrible accidents or who were simply left for another woman, or another life, or something people like to call ‘freedom’.

And it’s not just women, it’s men raising children on their own too, and men who end up in the same situation. I’ve even heard of men who have partnered with a single mother, loved her children as his own, only to have her pass away and he be left the father of her children. Did he walk away! No he did not, he raised those children the best way he could. I guess the good news stories like this don’t really make the headlines, because when you’re doing a good job – well who wants to know really – no one! But when you stuff up and you do a bad job, well that’s when everyone wants to make sure you feel like you are the reason our jail’s are full, children are committing crimes and probably responsible for genocide as well. Clearly I am being sarcastic. My point is this. Being a single mother is not a crime. It does not make you a terrible person. I would actually say it makes you a kind of super hero, because you are the one who stuck it out, who took on the responsibility and didn’t walk away. Single Mothers have raised some amazing people! Barrack Obama, Angelina Jolie, Orlando Bloom, Christina Aguilera, Halle Berry, Bill Clinton, John Lennon and the list goes on!

Single parents have and will continue to raise amazing human beings who contribute to this world. I know MANY amazing single mothers myself! One runs her own PR business and has a slew of successful clients and companies, many you will have heard of and possibly purchase from your supermarket on a daily basis! Another is a successful Interior Designer and runs a catering business on the side! Another is on TV regularly in commercials. Another is a Psychologist. Another a Professor. Another recently launched her 3rd book to great success sharing her tips on parenting and eating well. Another is a lawyer who gets paid to travel the world giving legal advice to huge corporations. Another is my own mum, who took herself back to University as a mature age student and became a Psychologist, Counsellor and Social Worker! Amazing not just single mothers but WOMEN! How about we put our hands together for these single mothers, kicking goals, being amazing and raising wonderful human beings in an environment that provides, love, safety and security. Because let me tell you Andrew Bolt that’s actually all a child needs whether it is provided by 1, 2, 3 or even 6 parents!

You’ll hear more about this from me. Why? Because I’m a single mother!It’s the whole reason I wrote My Super Single Mum – because I saw a gap and realised our children needed to feel loved and valued even in literature. And I’m passionate about this topic. And all I can say is this. I am single mother, hear me roar and I will not be tarred by the same brush that biased journo’s like Andrew Bolt like to tar us all with.

Super Single Mums from left Catherine R Moore (lawyer) Shereen Kiddle (Publicist) and Bronny Lane (Business Owner

Super Single Mums from left Catherine R Moore (Lawyer) Shereen Kiddle (Publicist) and Bronny Lane (My Super Family children’s book author)

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Super Parents Celebrity Edition: Adele and her Mum Penny Adkins

Adele’s album ‘21’ is one of the highest selling albums ever released. Her songs ‘Rolling In The Deep’ and ‘Someone Like You’ remain on radio playlists years after they were released and the world is eagerly awaiting her third record in 2014. Many people have heard about Adele’s heartbreak but not as much about her childhood being raised by single mum Penny Adkins.

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Penny was 18 and a half when she gave birth to Adele in Tottenham. Penny held three jobs to support her daughter whilst also finding the time to encourage Adele to explore her creativity. She took Adele to her first concert, The Cure, when she was 3 and enrolled her at the prestigious BRITS school to study the music industry. Penny and Adele were supported by Penny’s family, with Adele describing them as “… Massive. All brilliant. Dominated by women and all really helping each other out, so even though she brought me up on her own, it was kind of a team effort.”

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Adele’s relationship with her father, Mark Evans, is not as brilliant. Adele had a distant yet consistent relationship with Mark in her youth, spending summer vacations with him. When Mark became an alcoholic, their relationship completely disintegrated. When she eventually made it big, Mark started selling stories about her to the press, causing Adele to respond “If I ever see him I will spit in his face”. Consequently, they have not spoken in a number of years.

Adele has since found love and had a baby boy, but still considers her mum to be her closest friend and ally, “She’s the calmest person, really strong and clever and beautiful.’ When Adele won an incredible 6 Grammys in one night, she was quick to thank Penny: “”I just want to say, Mum, your girl did good!”

(Credit  to Us WeeklyVogue and The Guardian for quotes)

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Super Parents Celebrity Edition: Charlize Theron and her mum Gerda

For our third Super Parents Celebrity Edition, we’ve decided to look at the fascinating story of Charlize Theron and her mum Gerda.

 

ct2Charlize was initially raised near Johannesburg by her parents Charles and Gerda. Talented even at a young age, she was firmly entranced in the dance world whilst at boarding school. Back at home though, Charles had become an abusive alcoholic, frequently assaulting Gerda. One day, whilst Charlize was on a weekend visit, Charles went to shoot Charlize in a drunk stupor. To protect herself and her daughter, Gerda fatally shot Charles before he could hurt his daughter.

 

Before you think that we’re supporting the use of guns, keep in mind that in South Africa it is considered normal to carry firearms at all times. Whilst the action itself was terrible, we don’t think there is any mother who wouldn’t do the same for her child. Being a parent is more than just providing food and shelter, it is about being a protector, regardless of the cost.

ct3In the year following his death, Gerda strongly pushed Charlize into modelling as a distraction of sorts and the rest, as they say, is history. Charlize has since won numerous awards, including an Oscar for her starring role in 2003’s ‘Monster’. Her most prized possession though would have to be her two year old son Jackson.

Charlize and Gerda remain incredibly close. Charlize does not talk about the incident regularly, but has said “Those are the sacrifices… that I think you do for your children, and she always did that. She always put me first.” As any other parent should.

(Credit to Hello Magazine Online, bio and Abc News America)

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