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Please Call Me An Only Parent, Not a Single Mom

Santa Fe, New Mexico

As I straddle the role of being both mother and father, disciplinarian and softie, I learn that we are still a family despite ourselves. My friends call me Mr. Laura, although the politically correct term for a widow is what I call being an only parent.

 

You see, single moms typically have the advantage of an ex somewhere in the picture who is more than likely involved in helping to raise said children. Trust me, there is a huge difference between the two and while I know divorced life has inherent challenges, we are in very different parenting places.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Rachel K says:

    Congratulations my friend. May you marinate in blessings & all good things xoxoxoxo

  2. So true. Having been an only parent for sometime I was always astounded by women who would say “John’s on a business trip this week. I now know what it’s like to be a single parent.” I would think “Nope, no way, not even on the same planet. John’s sending home a pay check, you can call John to talk over decisions, God forbid one of the kids gets sick John will cut his trip short and come home. Different solar system actually.”

    Your amazing Laura! Go get em!

  3. LINSEY TULLY says:

    Laura,

    I’ve been calling myself an only parent since my husband died years ago. There’s a big difference, indeed, between being a single
    Mom, when everyone assumes you’re divorced, and an only parent. No back up, no support and no one to discuss your decisions with regarding your child.

    Nice to meet you at the tree planting.

    Linsey

  4. Alisa says:

    I loved reading this and realizing I wasn’t the only, only parent who saw such a huge difference. The rest of the world doesn’t seem to recognize it…

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