Not Your Stereotypical Single Mom Part 2: A Realization

As I’ve been on this single mom journey, I’ve seen a few responses to people finding out I’m on this parenting journey alone. I’ve realized that people see single parenting in some strange ways…

“Oh wow! You’re so brave!”

Am I? I didn’t choose this. I just had to accept it. I’m just doing what I have to do for my kids and for myself. I’m sure most single moms feel much the same. We do all that we do because we have to, there isn’t anybody else who is going to help with the laundry, dishes, making meals, homework or all the numerous other things we do. There isn’t anybody to massage our aching feet at the end of an 82 hour day. I don’t do this to be brave, I do this to take care of my kids.

“Good for you!”

Good? Yeah, I guess. Sometimes I feel like it IS good – and a lot of times it is! But there are times when it’s not good, it’s hard. And again – I didn’t choose this. People say that to me as if I chose this. I didn’t. See above.

“Oh really?!”

Okay the way you are saying that to me makes me feel like a bowl of chips with some salsa or something… I’m not a snack. See my previous single mom post… I’m not easy. See the title of this post – I’m not your stereotypical single mom.

“Oh…”

GET OVER YOURSELF!!! Being a single mom is NOT contagious! It’s not a disease! I am not going to start preying on your husband! If I say anymore, I’ll get mean. So I’ll stop there.

As a single parent, what kinds of responses have you received? Good, bad or somewhere in between. Comment and let me know.

About Alicia

Alicia is a Jesus loving, homeschooling, mini-van driving, food loving, gluten-free-cuz-I-have-to-be, fun loving, choir mamaing, bike riding, So Cal born and raised solo mama to 2 amazing kiddos with 3 cats, a ginormous dog and the 2 cutest nieces ever! She had a deep passion for cooking and baking that left with her Celiac disease diagnosis in 2013, but has now returned as she experiments with and tests recipes to make them delicious and enjoyable even without the gluten! You can find all sorts of random thoughts, ideas and whatever else pops into her completely random mind right here at Big Black Trash Bag!
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