single motherhood

There's no doubt that becoming or being a single mom in your 20s can be intimidating, terrifying, and make you feel like less of the "normal" family/parenting unit, but, that being said, it's one of the most rewarding, remarkable journeys a person can embark on. Raising one munchkin solo can have it's perks, and here are a handful of them...
It isn't structure or size that makes a family, it's love.
Most mamas have their personal Ken doll and second babies on the way, and I'm over here in my beach shack with Tanner, trying to eat clean(ish) and working on my abs to stay a babe, ya know, since I'm single now.
"We are strong. We are resilient. But we are also vulnerable."
Some days I'm ok. Some days I'm great, and some days I'm miserable. That's just how it goes. I've accepted that.
Before life's unexpected twists left me staring down the barrel of single motherhood, I had never wanted children.
I was recently mansplained how there are real single moms and then there are single moms who claim the title. Ya know the type of single mom I'm referring to? No, you don't? That's ok, because I didn't either.
The next perpetually single person in their 40s who whines at me that they thought they'd be married by now, then in the next breath qualifies it with "but I don't want someone with baggage" would be well advised to step back quietly, making no sudden movements so as not to antagonise me.
One of the most annoying things about being a single parent has been dealing with the conclusions that people seem to leap
Most of the single mothers I know find the idea of another relationship pants-wettingly terrifying. We're single for a reason, and in stark contrast to the oft-repeated opinion that it's because we're "too fussy" in most cases, it's because we weren't fussy enough the last time.
The daughter in the story is challenging her father's opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the addition of more government welfare programs. The father basically responds by suggesting these taxes are the equivalent of his daughter handing over one point of her 4.0 GPA to her irresponsible, lazy friend who only has a 2.0 GPA.
Splitting up from your spouse is hardly "the easy way out."
My daughter just turned five... which means I have (I still can't believe I am saying this) five years of single motherhood under my belt.
"We do everything but leap tall buildings in a single bound. We are superheroes without capes."
As we get closer to Christmas, I want to gently, lovingly say: You are not alone.<