Emma Johnson on the New Definition of Family

Family means different things to different people. In a time when 51 percent of U.S. households are nontraditional—multigenerational or single-parent, for example—family is truly what you make it. Emma Johnson, SUCCESS contributing editor, single mother of two and author of the blog WealthySingleMommy.com, says it’s time to stop feeling guilty or inadequate for not being the nuclear family we often see on TV. When we shift our mentality and allow ourselves to be successful both at work and at home, we find a happiness that goes beyond work-life balance. SUCCESS.com’s Shelby Skrhak and Johnson chat about working parents’ guilt, healthy vulnerability and the myth of the best friend.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection December 2016.


  •         It’s time for single parents to stop feeling as if they failed at “Plan A.” Listen in for Johnson’s tips on taking pride in your parenting decisions.
  •         Johnson says working moms often feel guilty for finding success outside the home. Learn why your personal and professional success should be celebrated equally.
  •         Check out the tips and tricks for silencing that pesky voice in your head that tells you can’t be both a successful parent and professional.
  •         Social media can perpetuate negative beliefs we hold about ourselves. Find out why you should disconnect to keep a healthy balance.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“You’re not just a mom and you’re not just a dad and you’re not just the professional. You are human and the more you can embrace all parts of your humanity and thrive, you’re going to be happier and you’re going to be a better parent and you’re going to be a better professional. What better role model could you give your children than for them to see you healthy, happy and thriving?”

—Emma Johnson

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