*Disclaimer: I received compensation in exchange for writing this post on Mom.me, in celebration of National Single Parents Day.
Any parent can agree that parenting is tough. It is a challenging and complex experience that requires every fiber of your being, and although at times you can become overwhelmed and exhausted by it, you would never trade it for the world. Being a single parent is no different. The added level of complexity comes with the fact that you’re handling most, if not all, of the responsibilities of raising your child on your own.
National Single Parent Day is the day to recognize and honor the valiant work and sacrifices of single parents to raise healthy and happy children. As a significant number of children are raised in single-parent households, this recognition is unique and powerful—it not only recognizes the single parent’s hard work, dedication and passion towards raising their child, it motivates and drives single parents to continue this work even when society frowns on parenting without a partner.
In celebration of Single Parents Day, I have been asked to think about what it means to be a single parent. My answer is as complicated as the question…