Single parenting is different. You do with two hands what most families do with four.
Nia Lawrence and Single Parents Everywhere
Even so, I love being a single mom. Cameron and I have lived together as a duo since day one and I became a solo parent when she was 8 months old. My daughter and I have a special bond. We protect each other and have so much fun navigating life in New York City. I think we’re especially close because most of our family and close friends live in Chicago, my hometown. We’re growing our NYC family every day together and exploring the city every second we can.
I wish I could give her more. More energy. More activities. More love. But in the end we simply need the confidence to know that our love and our families, though they may look different than others, are more than enough. And while I champion single parents, and I see how hard you work and sacrifice. I’m sharing a few of the biggest struggles I’ve dealt with as a solo parent.
Almost 20,000 nauralistas and friends gathered in Prospect Park on July 21st for the annual Curl Fest 2018. Curl Fest is the ultimate beauty festival for natural hair. I’ve never seen so many beautiful afros, bantu knots, curls, locs and braids in one day. Sponsors and vendors such as DevaCurl, Eden Body Works, and Cream of Nature showcased tents selling products, doing live hair tutorials and demos, and hosting games and giveaways!
Last week I had the delightful opportunity to attend a Floral Design class and lunch in Tribeca through Airbnb Experiences. Experiences are excursions or other activities designed and led by local hosts. Hosts give guests unique access to places and communities in their city. Check out the site to book one in your own city or while you’re on vacation!
I’m so happy to announce that I was featured as the June Mom of the Month by the app Amazing.She.Is!
AMAZING SHE IS is an app that supports women and motherhood. produces a platform for mothers to value their strength, beauty, and innate power they possess turning their dreams into reality. Through powerful words of wisdom, MOM Blogs, MOM Of The Month & more, the goal is to empower mothers to be the best for themselves and the families they’ve created.
I love living in New York City. There’s inspiration for absolutely everything everywhere you go! Being able to expose my daughter to exhibits, museums and galleries is so important to me. I want to ensure that she has a well rounded and diverse perspective of the world.
If there’s one thing you need to add to your checklist this summer, it’s a trip to Coney Island! There are activities for all ages, making it the perfect weekend destination for the whole family. The beach, the boardwalk, 3 amusement parks and an aquarium—what’s not to love!? No matter where you are in the city, Coney Island is easily accessible by subway. The N, Q, D, or F will place you exactly one block away from the boardwalk!
The Lawrence Family Guide to Bedtime:
Fill her humidifier, crack the window, 2 bedtime stories (with gusto), take away 1 pillow, give her 2 sips of water, turn on the nightlight, add 1 extra blanket, spray 3 pumps of lavender mist, find her stuffed bunny, tuck them in, turn out the hallway light, promise there are no monsters, 3 kisses, run and don’t look back.
I’m so honored to have been invited to the Dance Africa Media Reception again this year. My sister, Arin Maya was my trusty plus one and we had a wonderful night at the kickoff of Dance Africa 2018: Remembrance, Reconciliation, Renewal.
My 5 year old daughter leaves a trail of Cheerio dust, Legos and Shoppkins all over my home. Her fingerprints decorate my walls and she seems oblivious to the fact that clothes belong IN the dirty clothes hamper…not next to it or scattered down the hallway.
We moms work so hard. Stay at home moms, working moms, moms who work from home, single moms….all of us. In addition to keeping the staff in line at work, we’ve got to keep the little ones in line at home. Add laundry, cooking, cleaning….and all the BS housework in between and you’ve got a recipe for one tired Mama….(and one dirty house.)
I start threatening….warning……explaining the Naughty v. Nice list to my little one around Thanksgiving. Today is the last day I can use the “I’m about to text Santa” line with her to get her to fall into line.
Most people don’t know how perfect of a destination Brookfield Place is for family activities on the weekends! Overlooking the Hudson River in lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City, it’s an amazing location for luxury shopping, sightseeing and great dining. Add their fun-filled events schedule to the mix, and you have all the pieces to the perfect weekend with your family! (Plus there’s a Saks Fifth Avenue and TWO Starbucks. What more do busy moms need on the weekends?) See below for links to the schedule for The Saturday Show at Brookfield for the kids, and an itinerary for the perfect weekend day at this beautiful downtown center. We made a day of it, inviting several friends to join us for a holiday kick off event. I danced to all the latest kid’s pop tunes until my feet were sore (I should have worn flats), had a fantastic lunch sponsored by Skinny Pizza and Sprinkles cupcakes and took photos with the jolliest Santa Clause in NYC.
This year, I had the honor of attending Oprah’s Favorite Things 2017 in New York’s Hearst Tower. Here, Oprah and crew announced the O Holiday List….one of the most comprehensive gift guides for everyone on your list. There are over 100 items on the list which can be found on Amazon.com.
It took me 5 years to learn how to cornrow. I always imagined that she’d just rock an afro, or some version of a wash and go style…maybe a twist out? I learned early on that we needed a more protective style to keep her hair healthy and promote growth.
Last month Cam had the opportunity to model for our dear friend and editor Katie Holdefehr of Real Simple Magazine. A incredibly talented artist, stylist and crafter, Katie created the ideas for the Halloween costumes featured in their story on Literary Inspired Halloween Costumes . Below, a DIY costume for one of our favorite characters…..the mouse from If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numerof!
There are less than 30 days left until summer is over, so make sure to take advantage of every second of these beautiful, long sunny days. We spend our weekends dining al fresco every chance we get. This is one of our favorite dates. Habana Outpost, on Fulton Avenue in Brooklyn is always a fun time. If you haven’t been, swing by for tacos and margaritas underneath their rainbow umbrellas and brightly colored benches. Their chicken fingers never disappoint for the kiddos and the live DJ keeps the mood fresh and fun.
“It is critical right now that kids see reflections of themselves throughout their school experience. In the leaders, in the teachers, in the classrooms, in the curriculum, in the books. Not in a tokenized way, but in a real way that makes them feel included and valued and like they belong. I also think it is helpful to allow students to see windows into other worlds, communities and ways of life. It’s a balancing act of making sure that you give them enough to affirm themselves, but a window to what the rest of the world is like. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to be educating them for anyway?”
—Nancy Hanks, Chief of Schools, Madison, Wisconsin
These books have been on our bookshelf since day one. Whether you’re a mom-to-be or are looking for the perfect gifts for your favorite mom friends. This list won’t disappoint! Diversity matters, and these have been some of our favorites since my daughter was just a baby. Check out the Amazon list at the end for links to buy these and more of our favorites!