Far From Flawless

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Life doesn't have to be perfect to be great!

Missy is a winner of Top 25 Single Moms - 2013

What's the biggest misconception people have about single parenting?

The fact that we actually have a lot more commonalities than differences. We are all trying to balance unrelenting schedules, do the best for our children, find a bit of time for a personal life, stretch dollars as far a possible and discover joy and ourselves along the journey.

What's the most rewarding thing about being a single parent?

Discovering strength that I didn't know existed, learning that "I can do this!" Pushing myself harder, farther and then being gentle to myself when I don't meet my own expectations. Letting go of the idea that I had to strive so hard to hold together a 'perfect' life when it has been so much easier to just let go.

What's the most important thing being a single parent has taught you?

At the end of the day, I'm the only one in bed at night - alone with the consequences of my own choices...so I must be vigilant and intentional about those choices. When I learn something isn't best, tomorrow is another day to make a better choice. There is no giving up. There is no letting down. But there is a lot of grace for the journey.

Please share a link to a photo of a great birthday cake you made or bought.

Missy June

My favorite cake I ever made was in the shape of a teapot! Scroll down to Terrific Tea Party http://www.penn-fam.blogspot.com/p/birthday-parties-themes-galore.html
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What's the best way to introduce someone you're dating to your children?

Missy June

We made it as casual as possible, the first introduction being one time when he came to pick me up for dinner out. My children (age 3, 5 and 7 at the time) were aware that I was going to go out with a friend. I often reminded them that grown-ups like to spend time with friends just like they do. So, he came to get me, came in briefly meeting everyone and then we left with little fanfare. We followed this pattern for a several weeks and then planned a time when they got to go with Mommy to spend time with my friend. That first dinner was a bit chaotic (his two, my three, hello - dinner for seven!), but it was very authentic and we casual with no pressure.
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What makes a great family holiday card? Please share a link to a helpful image or resource.

Missy June

1) Should include all family members (not just children) 2) Represent the theme, mood, or highlight of the year 3) Invoke receivers to smile!
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What unhealthy eating habits or cravings have you developed since becoming a mom? Please include a picture if it's relevant.

Missy June

I feel the need to eat all my children's leftovers so that I don't waste them by throwing them away. This is not good for my waistline!
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