I don't know if any of you feel this way or not, but I think there is a big difference between a "single mom", and a mom that happens to be single. IMO, a mom who is divorced or simply not in a romantic relationship with her child's/children's bio father, but has help or involvement from the dad is NOT a true blue SINGLE MOTHER, in a matter of the specific meaning behind the label. To me, a single mom is one who has zero presence of the dad/A dad in her life, or her kid's life, meaning he is deceased or MIA since the birth or shortly after. My point is, some moms I have heard chatting with someone they are just getting to know or making small talk with present themselves as "single mom", with a weary tone, implying that they are struggling through each day, just trying to survive. They always get the reaction they want, being one of sympathy and admiration. Don't get me wrong, being a mom on your own 100% or one who shares the parenting with a dad living elsewhere are both difficult. BUT if you are a divorcee who gets two huge checks (cs and alimony) each month, and has a person to co-parent and share in half of the time and responsibility with, then DONT CRY FOR ME, ARGENTINA ...you are a MOM who is happily SINGLE. Maggie Gellynhall in "Won't Back Down" is a SINGLE MOTHER.
on Jan. 27, 2014 at 6:15 AM