6 Things Only Single Moms Can Understand

6 Things Only Single Moms Can Understand

What’s different for single moms? These uniquely wonderful and challenging experiences.

By Maria Mora

I’ve been a mom for almost a decade and a single mom for just two years. In my time flying solo, I’ve learned so much about what makes single parenting unique. It isn’t all about challenges. There are also aspects of single parenting worth celebrating every day. Here are six things only single moms can understand.

1. The power of the single parent bond
It can be difficult raising kids without much help, but it creates a powerful bond between a mother and her kids. A single mother and her children deeply rely on one another. “The little team you become is the very best team,” says Ali, a mom of four.

2. Dodging judgment at every turn
Let’s be honest. Dads in general are often applauded for everyday parenting achievements. Single dads are treated like superheroes. There’s no such mythology around single moms. They’re held to the same standards of any mom, which means struggling extra hard to make sure kids are well-behaved, clean, dressed nicely, and reasonably on time. Phew!

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3. Teaching boys the boy stuff
Single moms of boys are often left teaching boys things like the fine art of leaving a toilet seat up. “For me, teaching my son things that I think a man would traditionally have taught him were more challenging than I expected,” says Rhonda, a mom from Ohio. It makes for a lot of laughs and a little bit of stumbling, but ultimately, it’s no harder than raising girls.

4. The joy of sleeping in
Single moms who co-parent with their kids’ other parent have to deal with missing their kids sometimes. But those moms also get the rare opportunity to sleep in. “It’s awesome to sleep late when it's their dad's weekend,” says Cindy, a mom of two. When you’re generally managing the school morning routine, sleeping until almost 9 a.m. is a blessed thing.


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5. Fear of being left out
A special challenge single moms have to face: When kids spend time with another parent, it may create a fear of being left out. But there’s nothing to fear. Fun experiences with other adults won’t replace the bond between mother and child. For me, overcoming that fear made me feel much more secure in my relationship with my children.

6. Being the boss all the time
There’s something to be said for being able to make parenting decisions without the input of another adult. Pizza for breakfast? Why not?

Maria Mora is a single mom, editor, and hockey fanatic. She lives with her two sons in Florida.

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