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What Single Parents Want You to Know

By Lori Garcia |

God bless the single parent. I mean, really.

Single parents have made brave choices for the betterment of their families. They understand the true meaning of sacrifice and hard work for a greater purpose.

Caring for children on your own has to be one of the greatest parenting challenges out there. Of all the times I’ve felt alone on this parenting journey, I wasn’t. I’ve been fortunate to have someone to dump the load on when the going got tough. Doing it on your own takes a level of strength and courage too often misunderstood.

I invited the single parents of social media to share the things they wanted people to know about single parenthood. Take a look at what they had to say after the jump.

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What Single Parents Want You to Know

Moms can raise sons to be men

You better believe a mom can raise her son to be a strong man who respects women.
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Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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10 thoughts on “What Single Parents Want You to Know

  1. Heather feigner says:

    Thank you from a single mom of a very active year old boy

  2. Heiddi says:

    Thanks so much for writing this Mommyfriend. You captured much of what I (and many single moms) deal with. I loved the one about never underestimating the strength of a single mother. That one needs to be sent out to certain people in my life. lol Great job!

  3. Janet says:

    Your list pretty much covers it. I didn’t plan on being a single mom, but it happened when I decided I didn’t want my husband around for various reasons. My child and I are better off without him. I find when people have the anonymity of a comment field, you get alot of negative comments about being a single parent. I think the hardest thing about being a single parent is you don’t get a break (at least not until the kids go to bed). It’s tiring. I also think it’s kind of funny when you read about people who are not single parents complaining about there not being enought time in the day to get it all done. (like a recent Babbly article) I’d like them to do all by themselves and see if they complain anymore.

  4. Phyllis says:

    I would say that as a single mom I get parenting advice, unsolicited all the time because I’m a single mom. I’ve worked with kids long before I had one, and have a degree in child development and education. Me and my kid are just fine without all the advice that actually doesn’t pertain to little one any was.
    And the criticisms about visitation custody. Not all kids should be around dad or should be with mom. Unsafe means that and a child shouldn’t be subjected to that if one is able to prevent it. Oh, if single parent is dating, picking on that choice isn’t fair. We deserve to look for happiness too. Otherwise it looks like you hit it all.

  5. Rhonie says:

    Please send this to all of our elected officials! I was a single mom even when I was married! I am 63 and still a single mom as one of my grandchildren lives with me. I am so tired of hearing all the mis info from those who are supposed to represent me! Kudos to this site and it’s members.

  6. Gary says:

    I didnt plan on being a single dad however I am and I love every minute of it. My daughter is the single most important person to me and has been before she was even born. Its not easy but it does get easier with time. In my previous life, I was always on the move, …now a days, I stop and smell the flowers, every day but I also get to share the scent of love with my daughter because she is right there experiencing life and holding my hand. Nothing compares and i am so happy to be her greatest advocate. I am so blessed to be her father. She says we are best buddies. I totally agree.

  7. Andy says:

    Single parent doesn’t always equal singe mom. A lot of the time I feel like a minority inside a minority, but I do enjoy watching the reaction of when people ask, “Who takes care of the kinds?” “I do,” I say. “…but who takes care of them?” is the usual response.

  8. NYC Single Mom says:

    Stop Saying God Bless You, I don’t Know How you Do it.

    I have no idea how I do it either, I made the decision to adopt on my own and have struggled on a few moments but learned to ask for help from friends. And Yes I love the help is appreciated it comment. Single parents need time to themselves so Iove when other moms invite my daughter over for playdates so I can just sit and think.

    http://www.nycsinglemom.com

  9. Chantelle says:

    I love “Having a spouse that works a lot is not the same as being a single mom”
    It is so true and I have had many peope try to relate to me on that level… but they dont understand what it’s like to be completely on your own or relying on family members that have a busy schedule or live far away to help you do simple things like grocery shopping. I have to get a sitter or wait until someone’s schedule permits where they can help me out. Where these girls can go out to the bar and the movies and they don’t work. It kills me a little inside… but I know when it comes down to it I’m probably better for it. I may not get to have much fun, but I am independant, I always have what I need and i don’t really have to count on anyone else… most of the time.

  10. Martina says:

    I love “Having a spouse that works a lot is not the same as being a single mom” too!! People really dont know what they are talking about when they compare like this but that is no excuse to go degrading our efforts.

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