Motherload - The New York Times parenting blog, recently dug up some stats on single mamas vs. married mamas. According...
Motherload - The New York Times parenting blog, recently dug up some stats on single mamas vs. married mamas. According to the piece, the biggest complaints of single mamas were lack of money and less help (not shocking) while single mamas like that no one is around to argue with and that no one is looking over their parenting skills shoulder. Having been married (well, with someone for 7 years parenting) vs. being a single parent I'm going to have to agree with the above statements. Money for single mamas is super tight - in many cases. That to me has been the biggest con of being a single mama. When my son was a baby I was still with his dad and when he'd help out it was nice to have a break. If I was single and parenting an infant, I'm guessing I'd need plenty of support to manage. I also agree with the pros. I like not having to argue over parenting tasks - although as a single parent who still has to sometimes communicate with my ex, that situation is not entirely gone. If you're a single parent let me know what you think the pros and cons are in the comments. If you need more support and advice read:
- The Ultimate Mom - stories from mamas
- Having a baby when you’re single
- Emotional issues of being single and pregnant
- Alternative mama support resources