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Being a solo parent might have come to you unexpectedly or it may be what you have always planned. Even the most resourceful parent may find themselves in need of support, ideas, and resources. No matter the circumstances, this is the right place to find everything you need to be an outstanding solo parent. Host Robbin Rockett brings on a different guest each week to discuss all the aspects of being a single parent. You may be solo in your parenting role, but you are not alone. Listen to the show each week to find refreshing new ideas, hear stories of other solo parents, and connect with the community that is here to support you! Get tips and resources to help you thrive as a single parent at http:/
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Dec 29, 2016

Join Dr. Robbin Rockett, a psychologist, consultant and host of Solo Parent Life, on the last episode of the show for 2016. 

Solo Parent Life currently has more than twelve hundred listeners from all over the world! In this fourteenth episode, she reflects on the recent holiday weekend and honestly shares about her current life situation and her intentions for the coming year.


Listen in as Robbin talks about:


  • The unnecessary pressure she puts on herself and how she deals with it.
  • The importance of being mindful and taking time out when the family is together.
  • How you don't have to do it all and it will still be good enough - it's not about being perfect.
  • That being mindful allows you to relax.
  • How being real and honest can take the pressure off.
  • Her gratitude for having started Solo Parent Life and how it's growing.
  • Some upcoming podcasts in this series, featuring charismatic Nick Bender, a single dad, Dr. Melanie Greenberg, a psychologist who has written a book called 'The Stress Proof Brain' and Heather Sontag who organizes homes and offers workshops to help mothers deal with stress and anxiety.
  • Her goals for 2017.
  • How you can reach out to her and offer her feedback on the kind of topics that will benefit you on her show in 2017.
  • Questions that you may have that she can answer in a Q&A episode in 2017.
  • Some things she's learned through doing Solo Parent Life podcasts this past year, that she intends carrying forward into the new year.





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Dec 22, 2016

Today’s guest is Lorraine Platt. She and her husband co-own Teen Solutions and they focus on lots of different issues that teenagers deal with. Admittedly, Lorraine started out being afraid of teenagers, but the more she worked with them, the more she fell in love with them. Lorraine and her husband focus on mentoring services for teens, which is so needed as teens are growing up in these challenging times.


Listen to this episode as Lorraine also discusses:


  • Why same-sex mentoring is so important
  • The issues that can be uncovered when teens are free to talk openly about anything
  • How social media is pressuring teens today
  • A parents job is to raise and launch their children. Find out what that means!
  • Why it’s important to take an interest in who your teenager is
  • Phone use and boundaries plays a big role in developing relationships with your teen
  • Does your teen want to spend time with you, even when they act like they don’t?
  • Dad’s have some advantages as a single parent that Moms don’t have
  • Teenagers are under the pressure of perfection, so we have to counteract that as parents
  • Encouraging your teen to express themselves as who they want to be to the world





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Dec 15, 2016

My guest today is Suzan Aiken, a family law attorney who works with families going through divorce. She raised her son as a single mother and then helped raise three stepchildren in her blended family.  Suzan helps families get through divorce in a respectful and healthy way, through collaborative divorce. Join us to learn more about this low conflict way to divorce!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • How collaborative divorce is different as a conflict-resolution process
  • When both parties agree NOT to go to court
  • The team effort
  • How mediation factors into collaborative divorce
  • The holistic picture
  • The language around collaborative divorce
  • Parenting plans that are customized for each family
  • When collaborative divorce WON’T work
  • Feeling “heard” in the divorce process
  • Working with couples on prenuptial agreements with a different approach
  • Regrouping and revisiting prior arrangements
  • Suzan’s tips:
    • Separate your emotions from the legal system
    • Arrive at a resolution with positive, constructive efforts
    • Take a holistic look at the big picture
  • Suzan’s recent appointment as president of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, active in 20 countries and multiple languages



Dec 8, 2016

Welcome to an enlightening conversation with my guest, Ann Buscho. Ann is Psychotherapist practicing in CA, who is the mother of three and stepmother of three. We’ll learn more today about the technique called “collaborative divorce,” but we’ll also discuss ways to reframe the language we use around divorce and its many-faceted issues that affect both adults and kids. I think you’ll find this conversation helpful in many ways. Join us for this incredibly insightful interview!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Why Ann decided to focus her work primarily on adults—after years of working with children
  • What is “collaborative divorce”?
  • Why collaborative divorce can be a great option instead of going to court
  • The health and welfare of the family are the primary focus
  • The language—it doesn’t have to be the language of “the broken home”
  • Maximizing the time with your kids
  • Language: Peace-building vs. Adversarial
  • Why collaborative divorce is an interest-based process
  • Divorce: 95% emotional and 5% legal
  • “Ripping off the bandage”
  • What to talk about in front of the kids
  • Why kids need reassurance
  • Self-care and the single parent
  • How different rules cause conflict
  • The “loyalty bind”
  • Why kids need to hear good things about BOTH parents
  • The choices we make
  • Be curious about your kids’ feelings
  • Helping kids accept step-parents and new partners
  • Why your kids DON’T need all the details
Dec 1, 2016

New widows and stay-at-home moms who suddenly find themselves alone after the loss of a spouse or a divorce will need all the support they can get. If you are a widow or a divorced mom, the process of vocational analysis or evaluation is the scientific way to assess your employability and wage-earning capacity especially if you have not had any previous employment or have been unemployed for quite a while. 

Robin’s guest is Lisa Trustin, a career counselor and coach.  She counsels people seeking to redefine or reinvigorate their careers or explore the possibilities of returning to work. After the assessment, the client receives a report which includes the interpretation and free consultation. 

Show Notes 

  • How the interview process is the best start to evaluate a client’s employability
  • How her assessment helps the client re-enter the job market after an absence
  • How it helps the client find more success in any current job 
  • How she helps solo parents in a litigated family law case
  • Method of career planning appropriate to the individual’s circumstances
  • Career counseling as support platform for solo parents 
  • The most effective strategy of helping parents 
  • The criteria for exploring the 
  • Resources for the client 
  • Training provided to clients include
    • Creating resume
    • Using social media
    • Creating an account in LinkedIn
    • Social networking
  • If somebody needs to work, there’s work for him. 
  • How to avoid anxiety’s in job search
  • There are programs to join for the elderly solo parent 
  • Lisa finds it fun and fulfilling to support people every step along the way 



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