What are challenges as a single parent?
In recognizing the diversity of urbanMamas, we know that we are not all partnered parents. There are distinct challenges - emotionally, financially, logistically - to solo parenting. We recently received an email from a mama wanting to discuss more and connect with other single parents:
I am looking to meet other progressive mamas who are parenting without partners at least part time. I'm going through a separation and feel like a sudden outsider in my mostly nuclear, hetero, married world. I would love to meet other mamas, gay, straight, or otherwise, who want to connect around the challenges of parenting solo. What are the challenges you face? I find, for example, that it's hard to overcome the collective inertia to get out and do things when it's just myself and my child. Families don't seem to invite us out as much. I'm also feeling guilty about the pleasures of having some actual--gasp--time to myself each week. I'd love to hear what you have done to honor your needs and feel good as a mom who is not with-child-every-minute.
Are you interested in getting together sometime to discuss these issues of single parenting?