As a single mother, you get used to hearing opinions of the naysayers and the peanut gallery; opinions, single mother stereotypes, social media posts from the self-righteous “…because I don’t have kids” crew and the list goes on. It hasn’t been until recent years that being a mother – a single mother at that is now somewhat okay and a tad bit acceptable to society. Surprisingly, I am even hearing more and more people (women AND men) say that they prefer having a child over marriage.
Stop the presses!
Did hell freeze over?
Is Jesus coming back in a Honda?
It always amazes me (and often pisses me off) to hear how people feel about single mothers, yet I am sure there’s a large percentage of people who grew up in single parent homes. But I digress. With so much negativity dancing around the words “single mother”, it is hard to find, see and appreciate the great things about being a mom; single or not.
Yes, there are many obvious differences between raising a child in a one parent home compared to a two parent home. But just as with any of these scenarios, trials and tribulations are inevitable. You can grow up to be so great and the product of a single parent home OR you can grow up to be a menace to society and the product of a two parent home. I say all of this to say that parenting in whatever form it comes in WILL be hard. Your parents had challenges and you, as a parent, will have challenges. That’s life. There’s no handbook to this shit. Seriously.
Watch HERE to hear what Jada Pinkett Smith has to say about being a parent, as she sits with her own mother and her daughter, Willow. In less than 10 minutes, she sums parenting up beautifully, while providing great wisdom and insight from her own personal experiences.