The Kickass Single Mom

Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children
Narrated by: Emma Johnson
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Emma Johnson's marriage ended, she found herself broke, pregnant, and alone with a toddler. Searching for the advice she needed to navigate her new life as a single professional woman and parent, she discovered there was very little sage wisdom available. In response, Johnson launched the popular blog Wealthysinglemommy.com to speak to other women who, like herself, wanted to not just survive but thrive as single moms. Now, in this complete guide to single motherhood, Johnson guides women in confronting the naysayers in their lives (and in their own minds) to build a thriving career, achieve financial security, and reignite their romantic life - all while being a kickass parent to their kids. The Kickass Single Mom shows listeners how to:

  • Build a new life that is entirely on their own terms.
  • Find the time to devote to health, hobbies, friendships, faith, community, and travel.
  • Be a joyful, present, and fun mom and proud role model to your kids.

Full of practical advice and inspiration from Emma's life as well as other successful single moms, this is a must-have resource for any single mom.

©2017 Emma Johnson (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Unrelatable

I tried my hardest to get into the book because I really wanted to find a book that I could relate to while also helping me navigate through the woes of single motherhood. This book was difficult for me to to connect to because it’s not written from the perspective of an everyday working mom. This is written from the perspective of a wealthy white woman with a plethora of advantages at her fingertips. It’s not a bad thing for her, but as a middle class, woman of color, I just found it very hard to relate.

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This book is life! A positive road map for women

I adore this book and wish that it was written 10 years ago. It addresses and reframes every misguided belief that society and myself have regarding single mom.

It teaches on Mommy guilt, working, taking care of ourselves beyond shopping and lattes and dating. I love this book. My family has continued to tell me to stay small, don't date and wait for the kids to leave to have a life and this book creates a new roadmap of possibilities. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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Rich people problems

I don’t think this is for your everyday woman. This sounds like rich people issues. I don’t feel like her struggle was real and never hit “rock bottom “. Your average person would not complain about peanut butter and honey. Especially since you can’t get honey with WIC. If she even knows what WIC is. There a lot of good points of this book. But this is not for your average woman starting from the bottom.

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Loved!

This book is full of so many great points one experiences as a single mom! Having been divorced for almost 7 years, I wish I'd had it sooner, but Emma's advice is solid and useful!!

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Yes & no

I love her encouragement, her ability to not make anyone feel guilty for their choices, her very good advice... but I feel like the ability to make a lot of money isn’t as easy as she makes it seem. I’m down for every part of this book except for the money part. Some of us can’t pick up & move to a metropolitan area & take our children away from their fathers. I live in a small midwestern town. I am a teacher. I love teaching! I don’t want to move or to choose a different career. However, I hate being on such a tight budget. But, as I said, the other advice; spot on.

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There is definitely some solid, applicable information, though there is a noted overshadowing liberal standpoint.

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I'm all for someone rising above and growing but this is simply an unrealistic, bourgeois point of view.

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Meant for trauma/death of spouse

Great book, I commend the comment to her story and the complete follow through in telling it. 1 STAR for my situation, this book is otherwise hard to relate to; however perfect fit for someone dealing with a partner whose had major head trauma and or death.

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A KICKASS read

Absolutely a must for all women who want to be more involved in your financial future from day-to-day, investments, retirement, and spending.

The author narrates the audio book and even though I sped it up a little, just because I wanted to hear more faster, it was very easy to follow.

You will hear easy to accomplish ways to get your finances in order. You will also hear about women and the divorce process with regards to money and custody and alimony. Even though they don't apply to me, it's interesting to listen to her reasoning and evidence of her claims.

This will definitely go on the list of books to listen to over and over again.

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  • JS
  • 08-21-19

must read

loved it. so much wisdom and truth. empowering. I would highly recommend. gives many perspectives

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  • Anya
  • 12-28-17

You NEED to read it

What made the experience of listening to The Kickass Single Mom the most enjoyable?

I really wanted to leave a review because I want to help other women find this book. It is literally a must read for all single or alone mums. I left my husband under difficult circumstances which comes from leaving an unhealthy relationship, now with legal battle for custody, it's difficult not to get down. This book got me positive about a situation I hated. I can't thank the author enough

Who was your favorite character and why?

How do I answer this... This is a book about me, written by my future self, but given voice by Emma. I am very glad I found it.

Have you listened to any of Emma Johnson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no, but I always enjoy hearing books narrated by the author. I feel like I get more out of the book and that it is easier to understand. I loved her voice, the tempo was just right - a flawless performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When I was thinking how miserable I was when I started listening to this book and how much it has helped me to be positive about my situation. Before I wanted to see it in a good light but I had trouble with that - Emma Johnson helped to re-frame my view.

Any additional comments?

She is funny!

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  • Fiona
  • 12-06-17

Inspiringly Modern Advice

Have joined the Facebook page, the podcast and now listened to Emma’s kickass book. 5 years on since I became a single mum and lots I agree with and adhere to. New Man now in my life but lots of advice resonate with me - be your own woman, be financially independent and if you do eventually meet a man again enjoy the pleasures..

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  • gemma
  • 08-16-20

Hideous

Absolutely awful. I had high hopes for this book but I removed it from my library before even finshing it. Clearly designed for a particular demographic of single mums. Patronising, unrealistic and unlikely to translate to a large majority of single mums. Not really anything of substance to be gained here.

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  • s.gough
  • 01-21-19

Great practical tips !

I felt endorsed reading this in what I am doing. Great strategies for success which I'm going to try. inspiring and understanding.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-19

This book was great for closure & managing guilt

There were a few home truths and motivators to help me tidy up loose ends.