I haven't posted much in here other than replies before because technically I am not a single mom, yet. However I am proud to say I am finally doing what's best for my kids and my happiness and I am taking the steps to leave. I know I've never posted a back story but my gosh it would be so much. We have been "done" for a while but I felt trapped, like I had no other options to leave (other than moving my 3 kids across the country to stay with my sister)...and on top of that I have Crohn's disease and struggle with that daily, sometimes in and out of the hospital. Well since I am "laid off" currently due to health (my boss says I'll be back asap just no position open currently), I am applying for this low-income public housing program which would help me get into a place, and help with rent and utilities. I'm nervous but excited. I'm sad we are ending, I am disappointed in him, we have two boys together (4.5yrs and 8mos) and we've raised my 7yr DD together since 5mos old... but this is absolutely what is needed, he has a lot of issues, drama, baby mama crap, stuff with his kids, financial problems, we're just on totally different pages now that I have grown up in this relationship. So I'd like to know... do you have any advice? On leaving a long-term relationship, on raising kids alone, on dealing with questions from the kids, on being lonely, just anything and everything I'd love to hear from everyone.