May is the month for moms. Motherís Day, an honoring of motherhood dating to ancient Greece, had its U.S. start with Julia Ward Howe. Discover how this author of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" began Mothers for Peace after seeing the Civil Warís devastation at www.womenshistory.about.com.
Like Howe, many mothers seek community with other mothers, from coffee klatches to kidsí playgroups. The Web offers several communities for mothers to connect, a particular boon for single moms looking for comfort and company.
Sheila Ellisonís www.completemom.com is chock-full of connectivity for moms. Author of The Courage to Be a Single Mother and The Courage to Love Again, Ellison offers parenting, relationship and health articles. Sign up for her Mothering Moments e-mail and get a dose of mothering yourself every Monday. Ellisonís site is also home to Single Moms Connect, the first and only nationwide service that pairs up single moms as support partners.
Single moms will find advice and friendship at www.singlemomz.comís archive of articles, single mom profiles and recipes for vegetarian taco casserole. At www.singlemothers.org, the official site of the National Organization of Single Mothers, youíll find plenty of resources and a single-mom chat room.
For single moms (and dads) who want to travel with kids, surf to www.singleparenttravel.net, which features travel specialist and single mom Brenda Elwellís new book, The Single Parent Travel Handbook. Learn about single-parent travel discounts, how to budget a vacation and the best spots for single parents to visit with and without kids.
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From United Parenting Publications, May 2003.