Zoi, 18, and her mother, Louisetta, have unresolved issues around the abuse the family suffered at the hands of one of Louisetta's previous boyfriends. Haunted by the relationship, Zoi stepped into the role of caretaker for her younger sisters. She continues to keep a watchful eye on her mother's dating life and expresses deep distrust in the men who come into their world. Watch as life coach Iyanla Vanzant helps Zoi and Louisetta find a path to healing.
Malikah, Skyping in from Jamaica, New York, is smitten with her new boyfriend. The only trouble is, she says, she can't get her son and her beau to bond. Watch as actress Nia Long explains why Malikah should back off and let the relationship evolve organically. Plus, Tyler Perry reveals the true language of single men.
A group of single mothers Skype in from the Oasis Family Life Church, in Dallas, Georgia, to ask when it's the right time to bring a dating partner around the kids. Watch as life coach Iyanla Vanzant reveals why simply letting yourself have male friends would relieve the pressure from your dating life.
One couple in the 'Oprah's Lifeclass' audience have been dating for five years. The boyfriend, a retired Los Angeles police officer, admits that he may be too tough in the way he talks to his girlfriend's teenage son. The problem may be, life coach Iyanla Vanzant says, that parenting parameters haven't been set. Watch as Iyanla and Tyler Perry offer advice on how to find the right tone to use with your partner's child.
Nia Long, one of the stars of Tyler Perry's upcoming movie 'The Single Moms Club,' is no stranger to raising children on her own. She has navigated the dating world for years as a single mother of two boys, and she's learned many lessons along the way. Watch as Nia shares how an awkward moment between her 2-year-old son and a former date taught her that children understand more about adult relationships than we might think.
Kym Whitley, the star of the OWN reality show 'Raising Whitley,' was mentoring a troubled girl when she got a call from a hospital saying, 'Your baby is ready.' The mother, her mentee, walked out of the maternity ward, leaving only Kym's contact information. After some soul-searching, Kym decided that, with the help of some friends, she would raise the child as her own. Watch to find out how Kym handled the transition from cracking jokes onstage about single moms to raising a child.
Nia Long, star of 'The Single Moms Club,' vocalized the fears many single mothers struggle with when she asked herself a simple question: 'Am I doing this right?' Nia says that, in matters ranging from raising her two sons to making the decision to separate from her partner, her mother has continued to inspire her confidence. While recounting her mother's resourcefulness as a single parent, Nia breaks into tears of amazement at her strength. Plus, find out why Nia hopes that opening up about the challenges of single motherhood can bring women together.
For life coach Iyanla Vanzant, empowering single mothers starts by seeing motherhood not only as a blessing but also as an experience. Instead of focusing on the small concerns of everyday life, she wants women to open up to growing and learning from the act of parenting. Watch as Iyanla explains what women's new vision should be.
As a single mother herself, Iyanla has faced many of the same challenges women in the 'Oprah's Lifeclass' audience have faced. To begin the healing process, Iyanla leads them in a prayer to help them let go of the label 'victim.' Watch now!
Oprah and Iyanla believe that the words a woman uses to define herself hold a great deal of power. For moms, Iyanla says, the mouth can be its own kind of womb, which can give birth to negative energy. Watch as Iyanla examines how changing our thoughts can create a new reality. Plus, actress Nia Long shares her own mantra for single mothers.