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Erin Silver

Erin is a writer and blogger working on a book. Visit her at erinsilver.ca

Erin Silver is a freelance writer and blogger with more than 15 years experience writing for major magazines and newspapers in Canada and the United States. A single mom to two rambunctious young boys, she is inspired to share her experiences on everything from divorce and single parenting to dating and blending families. Erin is currently pursing her MFA and writing a memoir, <em>Burnt: Cooking My Way Through Divorce</em>, featuring recipes for every stage of the healing process. Visit her at erinsilver.ca.
I Refuse To Show My Sons That It's OK To

I Refuse To Show My Sons That It's OK To Quit

He plays catch whenever he can, dresses in a Blue Jays T-shirt every day of the year, and this year he made a triple-A baseball team. But the season opener is next week, and suddenly he is plagued with doubt.
04/28/2017 11:36 EDT
Sometimes You Have To Ride Through The

Sometimes You Have To Ride Through The Pain

My experience made me wonder if this bike ride was somehow a metaphor for something bigger. Is this like going through a divorce and riding on despite the pain? Does it represent my ability to move forward in the face of life's challenges?
05/24/2016 05:19 EDT
Divorce Rates For Second Marriages Are High, But I Still Want To Get

Divorce Rates For Second Marriages Are High, But I Still Want To Get Married

I know there's no such thing as a fairy tale, but maybe I want to write my own ending with my own idea of what makes me happy. Is it such an old fashioned view to want a partner? To have found my match? To have a realistic vision of what life would be like even knowing we will have to face unforeseen challenges?
05/16/2016 10:58 EDT
I Can't Be Everything To My Boys (And That's

I Can't Be Everything To My Boys (And That's OK)

I started my single mom journey thinking I had to be everything to my boys, but now I know it's not true, or even possible. And it's not even necessary. Of all the things I can't do, or do well enough, I've been lucky to find others who will enrich my boys' lives and pick up the slack.
05/10/2016 06:01 EDT
Mother's Day Isn't Just About

Mother's Day Isn't Just About Moms

Single motherhood is undoubtedly the biggest undertaking I've ever managed. It's the most all-consuming task I've ever attempted. Some days I'm tired. Some days I'm not so happy. But I want to show my sons that certain things are in their control. I want them to go forward and make choices that bring them happiness. I want them to have faith and to be unafraid. This Mother's Day isn't just about me; it's about celebrating one another and our accomplishments as a little team.
05/02/2016 04:27 EDT
Even The Youngest Kids Struggle With

Even The Youngest Kids Struggle With Divorce

This was not the way I'd envisioned raising my kids: as part of a broken family, with so many overwhelming feelings and an inherent sadness that I can't easily fix. And I certainly had not expected my kids to struggle with our divorce for as long as they have. I hadn't known they would suffer so deeply.
04/25/2016 09:07 EDT
Being A Single Mom Doesn't Mean I'm

Being A Single Mom Doesn't Mean I'm Alone

I'm a single mom, and I live with my two boys, ages five and seven, all by myself. I've become adept at managing the day-to-day routine alone. In fact, the idea of asking for help at this point is almost embarrassing. To me, relying on someone, asking for help, means I'm weak and needy.
04/22/2016 08:59 EDT