Do You Think It’s a Coincidence that today is National Single Parent’s Day AND that we also recognize National Fragrance Day, National Courtesy Day, National French Bread Day, and National Kick Butts Day? Man, single parenting is HARD. 💪
I don’t want to take away ONE THING from the reward that single parents deserve because they are legit. I also want to give kudos to the parents like my new friend Candis, a farmer’s wife and mother to two toddlers. They’re coming up on their busy season and her husband works from 7AM-10PM for weeks on end. She's got a glimose of single parenting. Then there are military spouses who do their very best to create a home when half of their heart and mind is on the well-being of their partner who may be out of the country.
I think of my friend Josh who wrangles his four children like a champ and the grandmother who is providing the best home she can for her grandson. And while I don’t know the full extent of being a single parent, there were times when John had three jobs and I was a homeschooling mom with five young children. I know there can be two adults in a home but because one parent has checked out emotionally, the other parent is left to do it all.
Single parenting in all its forms is hard and y’all deserve way more than just a day of recognition. But I don’t want today to pass without saying thank you for what you do. You get up in spite of exhaustion and you listen before you’ve had coffee. You comb out tangled hair and you coach uninspired kids to get their homework done. You show up at games and you find a way to celebrate their successes because you’re awesome like that. .
And do you want to know one of the VERY coolest things? You don't do it for the recognition. You do it because you believe that what you do will make a difference -- and when you're so tired you hurt all over, you HOPE it will make a difference. And I’m here to tell you it will – IT DOES. .
YOU make a difference by doing all these things and more. The world will be a better place because of what you’re doing today. Thank you. With all my heart, thank you. ❤️👏🤩🏆💪 #youmatter #nationalsingleparentsday