"Surround yourself whenever possible with emotionally generous and secure people who boost your confidence," Klungness says.
Divorce and birth out of wedlock don't have the stigma that they did in earlier eras.
How could they, with half of all marriages ending in divorce and a third of all births happening outside of marriage? "I can't think of one single mom -- myself included -- who didn't worry a bit," says Darla Rainford, of Eagan, Minnesota.
Day-to-day duties for a solo parent are no different than they are for a married one: coping with sleeplessness, finding child care, paying bills. Here are some of the biggest worries of new single moms, and a few words of wisdom.
get past the fear."You can survive this, or you can lie down and die," is what Christina Ann Zola, of Washington, D.
After a time, I got back on my feet and ventured out. A lot more single moms than I had ever noticed before. It's an all-time high -- and it's not due to teen moms (teen motherhood is at its lowest rate in 65 years).
Births to unmarried women ages 25 to 29 are up 30 percent since 1991; births to unmarried women ages 30 to 44 are up 17 percent.
One caveat: Statistics don't tell how many single moms are with a partner (and choosing not to get married), how many live with family (so they have some help around), and how many are truly alone.
But the point is, there are a lot of single moms out there. Even so, single mothers agree that even when overwhelmed, there's usually a way to work out problems.
She was smart -- and fortunate: When she first moved to D.