The Happy Hausfrau

Not your typical Mommy Blog. Divorced mom laughing and crying with three teenagers and one tween, a not-so-awesome ex and often spotted wearing XXL yoga pants, Michelle Duggar hair and a wine mustache. Come join the party.

Jennifer is a winner of Top 25 Single Moms - 2013

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

That our families are dysfunctional and that kids who are raised by a single parent will suffer for it. Of course it's true in some cases, but dysfunction doesn't care how many parents there are in a's an equal opportunity thing. My kids have had to deal with some less-than-ideal circumstances but kids being raised in two-parent families aren't immune to it. Sometimes I think children are better off with one really committed, loving parent vs. two parents who are doing a half-assed job.

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

Having complete control over everything. Just kidding. I think, for me, the single most rewarding thing so far has been watching my kids grow into strong, funny and smart teenagers. I've watched them deal with situations that most kids don't have to deal with and while they've stumbled along the way, they always get up and keep moving forward with positivity and with great aplomb. I'd like to think that seeing me do the same thing has influenced them.

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

Kids learn not by what you tell them, but by what you show them. Parenting four kids on my own has taught me that my actions truly do speak louder than my words. It's also taught me that martinis are delicious. Very delicious.