Don’t be fooled, you are not the exception.

How will you know if you have a toxic person in your life? Let me introduce to you the three most common mind games of toxic people and feel free to judge for yourself.

Please, make sure, once this person proves to be toxic, not to convince yourself you can change him or her. Because, unless you are a professional therapist, it’s hardly unlikely for you to impact his behavior.

They have personality and mental disorders and they need professional help. The last thing you need is to ruin yourself by trying to figure out him/her and giving your all in order to help them.

Now that we have that clear, here are the three mind games toxic people play with you.

Game #1: Gain, Preserve or Acquire Control

Toxic people are all about control—if they don’t have control over other people, they have nothing.

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Raising My Children On My Own

A single mom’s parenting duties are no different than they are for a married one — except that you’re on your own. Here are some of the biggest worries of new single moms, and a few words of wisdom to help you overcome them.


When my daughter, Mae, was 7 months old, her father and I split up. He left the country — without saying goodbye, I might add — to start a new life. I was a hormonal, heartbroken 28-year-old, and in between work hours spent editing textbooks, I nursed Mae and mashed up baby food.

That first year was chaos. It didn’t help that there were no single-mom role models in my life — except, say, Madonna, who was also parenting solo at the time. If she can do it, I can, I used to think, but I hardly had a superstar’s life. Fortunately, I had a fantastic group of friends who helped. Maybe none of them knew exactly what I was going through, but they babysat and showered Mae with love, which I appreciate to this day.

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After a time, I got back on my feet and ventured out. And what did I see? A lot more single moms than I had ever noticed before. In fact, the birth rate for unmarried women was 41 births per 1,000 between the ages of 15-44 in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control. One caveat: Statistics don’t tell how many single moms are with a partner (and choosing not to get married), how many live with family (so they have some help around), and how many are truly alone. But the point is, there are a lot of single moms out there.

Day-to-day duties for a solo parent are no different than they are for a married one: coping with sleeplessness, finding child care, paying bills. But… you’re on your own. Even so, single mothers agree that even when overwhelmed, there’s usually a way to work out problems.

Here are some of the biggest worries of new single moms, and a few words of wisdom.


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Life in Chattanooga Tennessee

Natural beauty, a thriving arts scene and a business climate ripe for entrepreneurship.

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