Celebrating My Single Mom

Single Parents Day 2017 - The MamaZone

This post has been sponsored by Angel Soft through my partnership with The Motherhood.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 is Single Parent’s Day and I’ll be celebrating my mother. She’s one of millions (yes MILLIONS!) of parents who raise children alone and I’m extremely grateful that she chose to push through and didn’t give up.

And I know it wasn’t easy. In fact, the longer I’ve been married and raising my kids as a couple, the more I realize just how hard it was for her. There is so much to do and kids have so many needs, it creates a great deal of pressure for anyone who has to parent alone. My husband was also raised by a single mother and when we consider how much our mothers sacrificed to raise us well, it compels us to keep working together to raise our children together. For me, it’s also fostered an appreciation and respect for all the single parents I know, which is why I’m grateful for the opportunity to celebrate them this month.

Single Parents in the U.S.

There are 12 million single parent families in the U.S.  84% of single parent households are single mother families (9.8 million) and 16% are single father families. Here are some eye-opening statistics about finances in single parent families:

  • The 2013 median income for families led by a single mother was about $26,000 (one-third the median for married couple families, which is $84,000).
  • Nearly half of single mother households have an annual income less than $25,000
  • 39% of single dads have an annual family income of $50,000 or more.

I’m not sure how close my own mother’s numbers were to these, but I know she worked extremely hard to make sure she always had an income and I was always provided for.  And, while there were many times she had to tell me no, I never went without food, a place to live, or an assurance that I was loved. Of course, I compared myself to the other kids who did things and had things I didn’t. The truth is, I turned out just fine without those things and I believe I’m better off for having had that experience.

Don’t Forget the Village

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That’s my mama in the picture above (She hates that picture, so don’t tell her I posted it!). We’re standing outside of church, where she found a great deal of support and where I still find support today. The people there were a part of our “village,” which was rounded out by a wonderful family that helped her raise me.

I wouldn’t be where I am without her or without the help of the family and friends who babysat, changed diapers, gave advice, bought birthday gifts, drove me around, gave me lessons and sat through plays and concerts. From the moment I was born, I was everybody’s baby. I know that made a huge difference and helped alleviate some of the stress my mother endured as a single parent.

That encourages me to always be a part of someone else’s village and, if you’re a single parent, I’d like to encourage you to make sure you have a village of your own. By the way, this week, I’m joining your village–I’m here cheering you on, thanking you for all you do and letting you know it is indeed worth it.

Parenting Isn't Easy - The MamaZone

Celebrate a Single Parent

Whether you have a single parent, are a single parent or know a single parent, make a point to celebrate a single parent this week. You can learn more and join the conversation by following the hashtag #SingleParentsDay on social media. Also, in recognition of National Single Parent’s Day, Georgia-Pacific’s Angel Soft toilet paper brand is launching a poignant video celebrating and recognizing the joys and challenges of being a single parent. Check it out:

That’s all for now. If you have a single parenting story to share, I’d love to hear about it. Let’s chat in the comments below or on The MamaZone’s Facebook page.

 

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  • Rebecca Bryant

    Any parent who is a single parent is a true hero. Raising kids is hard work and to do it on your own is amazing. whether you’re a mom or dad.

    • You are absolutely right about that!

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    What a great holiday! This should be more publicized in our day in age with so many single parents! I really think single parents are such strong people!

  • I cannot imagine how difficult it is alone. Single parents are true heroes in my book.

  • Milena Milani Barrett

    While I’m not a single parent I know many that are and I’m always in awe of the strength of these moms and dads. Parenting is hard and yes, it does take a village.

  • Tee O’Connell Burgess

    I celebrate my good friend who is a single parent to 3 girls. She’s a strong woman and her girls are amazing young ladies! I will celebrate her tomorrow!

  • This holiday is a nice way to celebrate and support single parents! Single parents should definitely pat themselves on the back!

  • Dawn Nieves

    Love this holiday! Single parents rock and they deserve all the support and celebrations we can give them!

  • Ashley @irishred02

    I think single moms (and dads) rock. My good friend is a single mom and she is a hero to her kids and to me!

  • I have a lot of single parent friends. Having a day to declare they rock is a great idea. Thanks for letting us know about this holiday

    • Happy to help get the word out!

  • Kristin

    Single parents are definitely the hardest working humans around. Glad there is a day to celebrate all that they do!

  • Claudia Krusch

    I have a few friends that are single parents and it is not easy. I try to help out when I can. I think it is great there is a single parents day.

  • Alicia Taylor

    I’m happy it’s single parent day – and not single mom day. I know many a good single dad raising their kids. Today’s world makes it so much more difficult, too – especially if parents aren’t tech savvy.

  • Nicole Lee

    What a great day to celebrate. I’m sure it’s so tough to do this on your own and it really does take a village.

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