The five favorable traits of successful single moms (like you!)

Ever meet a person who seems perpetually positive regardless of how episodic the events of her life? I know I've met and heard from many. Single moms with disabled children, or battling a debilitating disease while undergoing a custody case, or managing to provide piano lessons for the kids when the company has just announced 300 job cuts - these are women who appear to jump through hoops to get through a normal day, but they still have energy left.

I'll never forget one woman who described the circumstances of her partner's disappearance, and how she dealt with a brain tumor while trying to establish paternity, and juggle a job, raise her daughter and attend law school. I was speechless. Before I could even murmur, "How ..." she cut in with (probably her only negative statement ever), "What really depressed me was that I'll probably graduate law school two years later than I hoped."

Is that all? I asked myself. I didn't know whether to say, "Hello, your life is hell," or feel guilt about all the drama in which I indulged when I became a mom (which didn't even warrant the same ratings.)

But I've learned from my own experiences and from listening to others that those who handle any challenge that comes their way usually possess five basic characteristics which are incorporated into their daily lives.

These five traits - wisdom, wit, dignity, confidence and courage - can become part of your life and positively affect everything you do, say, feel and think. See how you can be more successful at parenting while taking care of you, too.

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