Co-Abode – Roommates for single mothers

houseAlmost two years ago, I wrote about  Co-Abode. This morning I decided to check in with their site and see how they were doing.
The success stories are so heartening! Women are writing to say they feel they are better mothers because they are less stressed. The single mother roommates help each other out, picking up each other’s kids, making meals…

Co-Abode is a database and support group for single mothers. If you’re looking for a roommate, why not start here? Match up with a sympathetic single mom and suddenly your kid has a built-in friend, you have a partner through your day to day life, and I bet life might suddenly get a little easier.

Membership is free. What have you got to lose?

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Almost two years ago, I wrote about a new service hitting the Web: Co-Abode. This morning I decided to check in with their site and see how they were doing

The success stories are so heartening! Women are writing to say they feel they are better mothers because they are less stressed. The single mother roommates help each other out, picking up each other’s kids, making meals…

Co-Abode is a database and support group for single mothers. If you’re looking for a roommate, why not start here? Match up with a sympathetic single mom and suddenly your kid has a built-in friend, you have a partner through your day to day life, and I bet life might suddenly get a little easier.

Membership is free. What have you got to lose?

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    • http://ourbeautifulbaby.blogspot.com/ Jennifer

      I signed up for this site in 2006 after my son was born, and while I haven’t made use of it I always let other single moms know about it. I may actually try it when I get ready to move later this year. My area is so expensive and I could use that support of another single mom just to run to the store for 5 minutes alone! Glad you reminded me so I could update my info!

    • http://mommasunshine.wordpress.com Momma Sunshine

      Ironically I was just thinking about this today – about how living with another adult would make my life SO much easier in so many ways. On the other hand, I’m not sure how willing I would be to give up my privacy…I share custody with my ex and have my children 50% of the time…and at this point I really value my alone time.

      However, if circumstances were different for me, I would absolutely consider this as a very viable option. I would love to learn more about this, and hear from people who are actually living it.

    • http://www.myworkbutterfly.com Bradi

      Thought this might help the single moms-Submitted by Julie Potischman, MyWorkButterfly.com’s Resident Psychotherapist:

      “I have nothing but respect for single moms. The first and most important advice I would give to them is to STOP trying to do it all. The truth is, I tell most moms’ single or not, to stop trying to do it all. My goal when working with moms is to teach them to be kinder to themselves. So many moms’ struggle with trying to do the basic day to day tasks of parenthood, without even touching the surface of “doing it all.”What does “doing it all” mean anyway? So, after I ask them to stop trying, I ask them to define what doing it all looks like. Be specific, does it mean cooking dinner each night, cleaning the house, putting the kids to bed, having sex with our partners???? What does doing it all mean to YOU? Once we have that answer I encourage moms, especially single moms, to try and prioritize, to break that list of to do’s into levels of importance. Don’t try to take it all on. Then, say these sentences to oneself every time you feel like you are drowning:
      “I can only do so much.”
      “I am doing the best I can.”
      “It is OK if everything doesn’t get done today.”
      “Look at all the things I did accomplish today.” (instead of the things you didn’t)
      “I am so proud of myself.”

      Lastly, seek out help, through family, friends, professionals, babysitters. Use all the resources available to you and don’t ever be ashamed to ask for assistance.

    • http://www.insidemotherhood.com Christina

      Braidi, thank you for sharing this.

    • http://www.insidemotherhood.com Christina

      MommaSunshine, Jennifer, Samantha — If I thought my life were on a different path, if I didn’t choose to live so close to my parents, I would look for another single mother with whom I could make a family. Some of my sweetest friends, happily married with three kids, often wish they had someone else living with them in their topsy turvy house, because it makes life sweeter.

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    • Catherine

      Can someone direct me to the website for Co-Abode? I’ve tried both http://www.coabode.com, http://www.coabode.org and I keep getting redirected to an unrelated site: http://www.bnbuzz.com/jobs-in-usa.html??

    • http://www.insidemotherhood.com Christina

      Catherine, the news on the Net is silent on this score but you’re right. Any link from what used to be the CoAbode site now leads to that weird biz site. Here’s some old contact info if you want to give them a ring:
      Contact: Carmel Sullivan, Founder and Executive Director
      Carmel@co-abode.com
      (310) 452-4497
      http://www.co-abode.org

      But the email and web addresses won’t work. And co-abode.org seems to have expired.

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    • http://internationalsinglemom.blogspot Samantha

      I have tried to use the website and have had no success. I haven’t tried anything but looking for a roommate…I’d love to hear of people in our region that actually got it to work for them. Maybe I need to go read the stories you said you read….

    • Catherine

      Thank you SO much!