Thursday, March 16, 2017

Single Moms: Strong Ass Women

Parenting is a difficult path to navigate. It's a reality check that life isn't just about you anymore. Suddenly these little humans take over your life, and you don't get a second of peace. Sounds terrible, doesn't it? Some days you don't know how you're going to keep it together, and other days there is a small moment of elation when you know you're doing something right.

I became a mom at a young age. At 22 years old I had two young daughters and was going through a divorce. The thought of raising my girls alone terrified me. Granted, I wasn't really alone, but in a lot of ways I was, and still am.

I am blessed with a wonderful support system. And that has been so important to me because there are nights after temper tantrums and boy drama, that I don't know how I am going to keep trudging along. Somehow, everything ends up being alright.

Some days I feel like I am pulled in a million directions. Both my daughters are very active in school with sports and other extracurricular activities. I swear I need a clone. Currently I work second shift which is hard on the girls. They call me from school in the mornings just to ask me to bring them lunch or drop off something they forgot to grab.

Often I question myself if I am raising them right. Are they learning the right things from me? I make mistakes. A lot. We all do. I sure feel like I am getting it wrong more than I am getting it right.

Parenting is hard. I think it's that much harder when you have to be both mom and dad. My ex plays a pretty good role in their life, but it's not the same as having a partner around all the time to help. I am grateful for those in my life who are here to help me.

Even on the hardest days, after my girls are finally asleep at night and look peaceful and content, I have a little peace in my heart knowing that we survived another day and that just maybe I got something right.

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