What We Learned From These Awesome Celebrity Single Moms

September 9, 2015  |  
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Being a celebrity can be tough, especially when you’re a parent. But these awesome celebrity single moms have great advice on what they’ve learned from parenting solo.

You shouldn’t feel guilty about bringing a new man into your life.

Despite the shade Ciara has been receiving about involving Russell Wilson into Future’s son’s life, she’s said:

“I reached out to my son’s father for him and Russell to speak, and he didn’t want to talk to me. We didn’t get to talk and so that was that. I don’t know what more they would expect for me to do besides to live my life.”

Sometimes starting young pays off

Sofia Vergara says that having her son Monolo at 19 meant “I had the energy for everything!” Including building her career as one of the highest-paid actresses on television.

Sharing little loved ones can mean a better relationship with your ex

Even though Kimora Lee and Russell Simmons are no longer together, they get along well enough to vacation together with the kids (and their new significant others) almost every year.

You don’t need a dad to make a family

Oscar-winner Charlize Theron only realized she wanted a family after she ended her nine-year relationship with actor Stuart Townsend. And she says she has no regrets:

“I always knew I would adopt. Always. You know, I don’t think any mother aims to be a single mom. I didn’t wish for that, but it happened.”

Family comes first

Actress and mother of two boys Nia Long says being a single mom helps keep her priorities in order:

“I’m not a movie star mom who’s got a private chef, a nanny and a driver. My mantra is, ‘You created this, you can handle it.’”

Me time is important

Mother-of-three Denise Richards says that the key to staying sane as a single mom is to “Take some time for yourself! Single moms need to know it’s OK to have a little ‘me’ time. You’ll feel refreshed and you’ll be a better mom!”

Families come in all shapes and sizes

Single mom and Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker said, “I don’t think you necessarily have to be part of a traditional nuclear family to be a good mother.”

Becoming a mom teaches you to put drama on the back burner.

Kelis and Nas’ divorce may have been rough enough to have it’s own soundtrack, but Kelis makes sure the kids come first. And for the sake of their son Knight, Kelis and Nas have buried the beef and come together to co-parent.

Love makes everything better

That’s what Erykah Badu said being a single mother of three has taught her:

“My medicine is being in love you know, I’m in love. And when I’m in love I glow, and my face is happy, and my heart is light and happy. And my children are happy.”

Single mamas give the best tough love

Lynn Whitfield says that her job as a single mom is to give her daughter a little tough love. And that’s just what she did to get her to stick to her French studies (even if it meant lovingly whacking her with the book).

And now her daughter Gibson is studying abroad. Whitfield said, “She took my passion for her to do it, and it became her own. I had to give way for that growth, and now, it’s a beautiful story.”

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Showing your kids the world is like seeing it for the first time.

Since her split from Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey has been taking her twins Monroe and Moroccan to the zoo, vacationing on a yacht in Italy, and even to the Western Wall in Jerusalem!

Great single moms know how to juggle to make sure the kids come first

Singer Christina Milian said she always make sure that mommy duty is her first priority:

“As a mom, that’s at the forefront of everything in my mind, so I’m always trying to balance. Whether its bringing Violet to work or the second I am done working, getting home to her.”

Kids are the best inspiration to make it.

Taraji only had $700 to her name when her son Marcel’s father was killed in a car accident, making her a single mother.
So, determined to make a life for herself and her son, Henson packed up their belongings, moved to Hollywood and started pursuing her dream of becoming an actress.


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No matter what happens, you’re always a mom.

When her ex-husband Jesse James ended their marriage with a cheating scandal, Sandra said that her son was the one bright spot in her turmoil: “I was just so happy being a mom. I’m still very happy being a mom.”

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