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Former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan Shares Advice and Life Lessons for Single Mothers

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Published on May 12, 2012

In advance of Mother's Day 2012 IBTimesTV's Marisa Krystian spoke with former Treasurer of the United States Bay Buchanan about her new book 'Bay and Her Boys: Unexpected Lessons I Learned as a Single Mom'. Happy Mother's Day!

From the publisher, Da Capo Press:

"As of 2011, 24% of children in the United States were living in single-mother homes, according to studies conducted by Child Trend and based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although being a single mother is no longer a rarity, the role is just as rough now as it ever was. But, according to Bay Buchanan, a leader of the conservative movement and a single mother of three, it can be done - and done well.

"In 'Bay and Her Boys: Unexpected Lessons I Learned as a Single Mom', Buchanan tells of a surprise and devastating divorce twenty-three years ago. Pregnant at the time, she soon became a working mom caring for three boys - Billy, Tommy and Stuart - alone. Sharing her mistakes (a disastrous attempt at a vacation in Yosemite in an effort to do "boy things" like camping) as well as her success stories (establishing a Friday family movie night that all of them looked forward to), she offers eight tried and true rules of parenting as a guide for all mothers. They include: strip parenting down to the basics, create family traditions, and let their dad be their dad.

"With this book, Buchanan also hopes to change the national dialogue about single moms. She expresses the importance of family values and the idea that the job of mother is the most important occupation one can hold, while recognizing that things don't always work out as planned and that many women also want (and can have) fulfilling careers - if only they're given a little support. What better time than Mother's Day to raise the issue?

"Bay Buchanan is a former Trasurer of the United States. She was recently named one of the top ten most influential conservative women in America by the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. A political strategist, she lives in Oakton, Virginia."

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