It appears to me most single mothers end up on welfare of some kind while their kids are in the home. Whether it be food stamps, cash aid or health care. I am a single mother of 10 years (my son is 10) who has never received any state/gov't support. I get less than $100 a month in child support (always have), have never been married, and have had no financial help from parents or anyone else. I've always just busted my ass to provide for the 2 of us and got on reliable BC so I didn't add a ton more kids to the picture. (I was a stupid irresponsible 18yo when I let myself get pregnant because of not taking the pill consistently)
So I think I'm not alone and that there are tons more women that have made it on their own, I just for some reason haven't seen much. So please step forward and comment if you or someone you know has been an independent single mama.
***Being that I posted in MC I should've expected that there would be a bunch of people coming in trying to stir up negativity and put myself and others down. I meant for this not to say that assistance is wrong because if your kids need food you do whatever you have to to get it and there's nothing wrong with that. But this post was to show me other mom's that have been in my shoes. I'm still young, it's nice to see success stories of other moms that have been there and made it because sometimes, yea, it's freakin hard. Is that such an atrocity?