Single parents probably read the title of this article and think, “Ha! ” And in fairness, we realize that the challenges of caring for kids alone are innumerable.But there are some hardships unique to the individual, and others that are hard time and time again from our single-mom friends.Single moms often hang in limbo waiting for child support that never arrives or paying attorneys to pursue what should be paid.There always seems to be a little less in the checking account than what your kids need.Add to that the cost of hiring a sitter and getting out of the house for adult interaction seems almost impossible. There are lots of gray areas and the game changes daily as your children grow.
“There will be plenty of time to date when my children are grown.” Kids are only young once, and many single moms fear missing out on valuable time with their little ones.
Single parents bear the weight of all of those tough calls—where to go to school, which friends are okay, or when a child is mature enough for a new privilege or responsibility—alone.
The emotional burden can wear a mom down in a hurry.
Yet, after monumental struggles to attain stability and satisfaction, many women opt to remain single; I did, and it is one of my biggest regrets.
I applaud the strength (and organization) necessary to be a working single mom.