Five Women Share Their Favorite Thing About Being a Single Mom
It’s important to celebrate the joys of single motherhood—and possible to do so without discounting its challenges.
As a society, we talk a lot about the difficulties of single motherhood—and we should. We should be recognizing that raising children is a full-time job and that doing it without a partner is double the work. We should be making affordable and accessible childcare a priority, especially for parents who don’t have a secondary source of support. We should be creating space for single parents to succeed in the workplace.
But single moms are not tragic figures, and painting them as such might do more harm than good. Whether someone ended up on this path by chance or by choice, it’s important to celebrate the joys of single motherhood—and possible to do so without discounting its challenges. Below, five women share what they’ve gained by raising children solo.
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The best thing about being a single mum is that I can raise my son the way I want, without having to constantly negotiate with or correct the other parent’s behavior. Single parenting takes much less effort (and is more fun) if the other parent is not sabotaging my efforts.
—Agnes Szafranek, Project Manager at a Medical Research Company and Writer at Pet Care Link
A Best Friend
To me, one of the best things about being a single mom is watching my daughter grow in a healthy environment filled with love and positive support, and giving her all the guidance she needs to navigate through her present stage. I also cherish knowing that, as a single mom, I am my daughter’s best friend and confidante.
—Rinal Patel, Founder of Suburbrealtor