It’s so much more than being alone
Some might assume that single parenting is the same as any other type of parenting, only it’s done alone. Not so, says single mother of one, Ashley. “Being single and parenting is so much more than parenting alone. You are taking care of not only yourself, but others on a one person income. There is no such thing as time to yourself. Being sick isn’t an option. Finding quality and affordable child care seems impossible. You feel like a burden when you have to ask friends or family for help because even though it’s not your fault you’re a single parent, it definitely isn’t theirs either.” (You won’t believe this one parenting disagreement that may lead to divorce.)
You’re not a single parent if your spouse works a lot
When married parents complain about their spouse being out of touch or working much of the time, and compare themselves to single parents, it can be down-right rage inducing, says single mother Vicky Charles. “When you have a partner, even if they are only home on the weekends or work odd hours, they are there for you at some point. And if they’re away with work then that income is also contributing to your home. When you’re a single parent, there is no other person who is responsible for your child, who will help out with childcare and school runs and everything else.” Find out all the things you should never say to a working mom.