Ellie DeLano

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Ellie is a parenting and relationship blogger, a full-time working autism Mom, published author, and frequently exhausted person. In addition to her blog, SingleMomtism, she is the author of "Yoga Pants & Pinot: A Practical Guide to Surviving Divorce" and "David And Me Under The Sea: Essays From A Decade With Autism." She has previously blogged for WomansDay.com. Most days you can find Ellie slogging her way through the world of single parenting, mid-life dating and reinventing herself with a pop-tart in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

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It’s not easy to be the brother or sister of a child with special needs. As a parent, I see the struggle daily and feel it myself as well. My son and his autism take a large amount of focus and dedication and perseverance for both of us – it’s all too easy to forget […]

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I am the mother of a teenage girl. Some days, I can’t say that without gritting my teeth or having my lower lip tremble, and some days, I’m crowing it from the rooftops as pride swells my chest. It’s a never-ending rollercoaster ride, this puberty thing, and it can take a lot of fortitude to […]

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Summer is here and that means longer days, lots of sunshine, pools and beaches and barbeques and vacations. Unfortunately, if you’re a parent, it can also mean the occasional (which can feel like frequent) summer blahs and whine of a bored kid. If your kids are in need of an interesting diversion, you might want to give […]

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It’s the time of year when the weather is warm and the kids are out of school. You really want to make the most of your family time, and what better way than camping out…in your own backyard! Most large retail stores carry inexpensive pop-up tents that can be assembled in minutes. Add an air […]

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Father’s Day is coming and I know you’re probably rolling your eyes at the thought of another necktie or bottle of cologne. By the same token, you’re also looking ahead at summer, and summer camp and holiday outings to be paid for. How do you show Dad you love him without taking a bite out […]

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My darling daughter: You told me yesterday, without the slightest hesitation, that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you will be an awesome mother someday. You know this, because unlike me, you will be very well-versed on current popular music and have an Instagram following that numbers in the hundreds of thousands. […]

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From the moment my daughter was born, I was ready. Ready to impart all the life-lessons I’ve learned, ready to be a steady shoulder with a valuable and entertaining anecdote or parable that will solve any of her life dilemmas. In me, she would find an ever-bubbling font of wisdom at the ready, and she […]

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Being a single parent comes with all sorts of everyday struggles. You probably know at least one single parent who could really use some help, but you’re not sure the best way to lend a hand. Here are a few suggestions that might make their lives a little – or a lot – easier: Just […]

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Both my kids have birthdays in changeable cold weather months. My daughter falls in the beginning of April and my son in the middle of November, so planning an outdoor party has never been much of an option. I used to envy other parents with summer-born children with all those wonderful backyard parties, swimming pool […]

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From the moment my daughter was born – even before, really – I wanted her to be fierce. I wanted her to live fiercely and love fiercely and go after her dreams with purpose and drive and determination. I still want all of that for her. I’ve raised her to be outspoken about what she […]

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Into each life, a little rain must fall…or snow, as the case may be. I spent all weekend shoveling out from Mother Nature’s latest gift, and while clearing my driveway, I started clearing my mind. It occurred to me that there was a lot more you could learn from shoveling snow than just remembering to […]

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Snowy weather can bring a real challenge to any parent stuck in a house with stir-crazy kids. While it’s great to get them outdoors building snowmen and sledding down hills, they can’t stay out in the cold all day. Here are some great snowy day indoor activities to try with your kids once the cabin […]

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As the mother of a child with autism, I can tell you with no false modesty that I have mad meltdown skills. My son was three at his diagnosis, and at that time his vocabulary consisted of a handful of words – and they weren’t always used contextually. He had tantrums dozens of times a […]