You need to date." There are plenty of things I need to do: I need to work. I need to do laundry and get groceries and walk my dog. I have four kids, a needy dog and a bazillion amazing friends. Before my divorce, I hadn't lived alone other than a couple months-long stretch when I was a flight attendant back in 1989.I could be out doing something every single night of the week if I wanted to. I'd lived with my parents, and then with roommates, and then with a boyfriend who became a husband.Children with divorced parents are twice as likely to have health problems than those from united families, according to new research.Parental separation leaves children at double the risk of developing issues with their gut, skin, nervous system and even their genitals and urinary organs, the study found.Who's to say I won't invest another 15 years of my life into another person only to be left again? But I'd like to think that my steadfast-singleness is an education of sorts. Learning to enjoy my own company, which, when you think about it, is laying some pretty good groundwork for any future relationship I may find myself in.Personally, I think it takes some courage, and some cajones, to face life solo. I'm learning how to weather life's storms on my own, which is something I think all women should know how to do.Results, published in the European Journal of Education and Psychology, revealed children with separated parents are twice as lively to have health issues related to the gut, skin, nervous system and genital or urinary organs.Divorced parents did not increase a child's risk of developing problems with their breathing, heart, muscles, hearing or sight.
The security one feels when there's a trustworthy man snoring next to you in bed.I was talking to another single friend the other night, she joined this club by way of widowhood.I told her that I was writing an article about "embracing your singleness" and she plopped down next to me and told me her side of it: "People were asking me about dating within a week of my husband dying" she started. I'll figure out the dating thing later on." My widowed friend and I may have found ourselves in this spot via very different paths, but we both landed on the same page.And of course, technically speaking I am not living alone right now, what with my four roommates -- five if you count the sweet shedding boy who shares my bed.But for the first time in my adult life, I'm single and not looking. My ex husband did a major number on me when he left.