For the Single Parents

stay strong beautiful

For all the single parents out there:

I read so many posts from single moms and I just want to offer a word of encouragement. I’ve been there, done that, so I know what it’s like. I want to salute you (and all the single dads, too) for doing the work of two parents…..very often without any child support payments. Unless you have a great career which brings in a good income, it can be so frustrating. Even when you have plenty of financial resources, it’s still hard to find time to get everything done and still have time for the children and find any time to have a life of your own. Sometimes it’s damn near impossible. If you don’t have a great career, the financial part of it can be so very very difficult. A lot of people don’t understand this and are much to quick to judge you and tell you how much better you “should” be doing. Pay them no mind. Too many people are too quick to judge what they haven’t lived. I remember what it was like. It wasn’t easy. We live in a country where it’s pretty much impossible to live on minimum wage, let alone raise children on it.

So I salute you, I lift you up, I offer you love and encouragement. You work so hard and rarely get any credit for all that you do yet so often the criticism is freely given. We keep on keeping on, for the sake of the children.

A quote from the poem “The Invitation” by Oriah Mountain Dreamer comes to mind:

“It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children”

Here’s to all the single parents out there, doing it all on their own.


Kathy Lee 6/10/2016



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