The effort, the love, the timing, the sacrifice. These are just some of the things that a single parent has to master and give. It’s not for the faint of heart but the strong shall raise strong children and our future will be better because of it.
Not that many people actually have a choice when thrust into single parenthood but I’m here to tell you, it is certainly NOT for those who are going to faint at the slightest woe. Being a single parent means changing a few of your course directives and creating a new plan of action that now demands the needs of the little person (s) that you now govern. To make matters more challenging, if you have a child with special needs, life becomes THAT much more interesting.
As a single parent, I am eternally grateful to have my parents near in this season. They have truly been a blessing. When I was forced to “woMAN up” less than a few years ago and care for my autistic son alone, I really didn’t understand the gravity of my responsibility. I don’t think I even thought about it. I just went into auto-pilot mode ~ I fed and bathed him, I prepared him for school, played with him, disciplined him and managed through the tantrums and other characteristics that presented themselves relevant at the time. There was no manual on how to handle being a parent.