I do want to say there are so many women out there who are single mums, really not by choice, and doing it and making it work every day. I think it’s becoming much more a part of our culture and I hope that it will become more accepted and that those women are going to be more and more appreciated, respected and supported.
Single mums do come in for a hard time. Society is incredibly judgmental. I know this. This is the case for all women actually, you have to carry on. You always have to carry on. And you can, because you have to.
“I decided instead of being embarrassed of my failed marriage and ashamed of being a single mother, I was going to OWN it. Being the best mother I could be and giving my daughter the BEST life possible. This has nothing to do with my relationship status and I don’t have to be happily married to have a ‘picture-perfect family'”.
As a single parent, it’s easy to fall into a rut of just ‘maintaining’ when you are overwhelmed by responsibility.
You have a lot to deal with it. Perhaps your life isn’t quite as you imagined it. Or perhaps you’re having trouble figuring out how to be a parent and still make space for your own dreams, rest, and creativity. Single parents experience even more pressure to hold everything together than their partnered counterparts, and are particularly susceptible to burnout and the negative impacts of isolation and overwhelm.
Self-care may seem like a ridiculous luxury; something others can afford and you cannot. It’s especially challenging to figure out to carve out time for yourself when help may not be readily available. It can be difficult to feel like you have choices rather than obligations. As a single Mum, I understand the limitations and challenges that are unique to parenting solo, and a sense of compassion and empathy informs my life coaching work for single Mums.
Your creative, spiritual and emotional life is critical to your well-being as a parent, and for your family as a whole. I can help you regain a sense of balance and work on simple ways to shift your perspective and establish a commitment to self-care that will benefit you and your whole family. If you’re interested in talking more about coaching, please connect. I’d love to talk about your challenges, dreams and the truth of who you are as a mother.