Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cheers to the Single Parent

Every single day I thank the Good Lord that I am not a single parent, and that I have a wonderful husband to help me with the trials of raising our young daughter. Every single day.

There have been times when my husband has been away for a couple of days on business, and by the time he gets home I feel like I would have died had I been left alone for just a few more hours.

Single parents often have to get up early to get ready for work, get the kid(s) up and ready and chauffeured to daycare or school, work all day, and then have to worry about getting the kids home, fed, cleaned, homeworked, entertained and to bed. Not to mention bills and grocery shopping and cleaning.

The bottom line is that being a single parent is HARD work.

Single parents are often looked down on, as people who weren't able to keep their marriages together or who had babies out of wedlock. This kind of judgment is just so harsh. Being a single parent doesn't need to be a constant reminder of a person's faults and past mistakes. Moms and dads of two-parent families should look at these single parents as superheroes. They are doing it all on their own. Also, have you ever noticed that single parents are usually the last to complain about anything - including those 3am wakings?

Being a single parent is not a luxurious thing (unless you're a 40+ washed-up celebrity, then you're not really a single parent anyways because you have a trained staff....). Generally nobody chooses to be a single parent... we're all just dealing with the cards that God has dealt us.

My point remaining... I'm so thankful I don't have to do this parenting thing on my own. If you know a single parent (which chances are, you do) applaud them on the great job they are doing raising their kids. Do something friendly (like bring over dinner or offer to babysit) to take just the tiniest load off of them. And be thankful for what you have.

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