- The overwhelming sense of responsibility for my time, energy and resources.
- The isolation of carrying that burden alone.
There is a distinction between married women who have much-gone spouses and truly single ladies raising children. I know it's hard, but when those ladies say they know what it feels like to be a single mom or say they feel like a single mom whilst rolling their eyes, I cringe a bit inside because I know they just don't get it. I didn't know either until I walked that path. It's tough and isolating in a way others cannot imagine. It takes incredible endurance to parent well under such pressures.
If you know a single mom (or dad) tell her she’s doing a great job, even if there are balls that get dropped. Compliment something specific her child(ren) do: manners? imagination? mad social skills? Slip her a gift card or better yet, invite her and her children over for a meal. Remind her children to notice what a great mother they have who builds her life around their needs and who is doing everything she knows to do to raise them well.
Then send her flowers anonymously just to let her know someone noticed she’s great.
I wish there were not single mothers, I wish there were Godly men to stand in the gap for each family that needs it. If you have that, even though he isn’t perfect, be sure to thank your man! If you are a single mama, remember to take care of you each day so that you can be the best mom for those kiddos. What is something luxurious you can do today?