Top 5 Single Mom Skills

A single mom’s- or any mom’s, for that matter- parenting resume would certainly stretch for miles, what with all the skills she has mastered over time. From nappy-changing to burping to giving advice to your daughter on her first heartbreak, we moms seem to have this knack for knowing when to pull out the guns at any given parenting circumstance. Here are just some of those skills single moms possess:

Holding back tears. No life is devoid of heartache and gut-wrenching, bawl-your-eyes-out sorrow. If you’re a single mom, you know better not to show your kids your emotions. Since you’re the only one they depend on, you have to be that stronghold for them. Even if your water runs dry, you have to devise ways to be the wellspring of their emotional and physical well-being.

Juggling. A single mom tries with all her might to multitask and juggle a million and one responsibilities in the air. As much as her sexy body can handle, she earns a living, vacuums the living room carpet and helps her kid with his homework all in one breath. In the process, I for one have likewise mastered the art of juggling balls- literally! It’s fun, you should try it! Who knows, you might end up in a circus act one of these days.

Role-playing. Oh, begone, you kinky mind! That’s not what I’m talking about here. But if you do possess THAT skill, I’m all for it! Anyways, a single mom takes on various personas as the need arises. With the absence of a father in the house, she has no choice but to act as both mom and dad to her kids. Short of growing chest hair and a deep voice, the single mom has to discipline her kid alone. On certain occasions, she’s a dancer who does a mean running man and Roger Rabbit to the tune of Justin Bieber’s “Baby”. She pushes her talents to the limit, if only to entertain her kids.

Negotiation. A single mom who shares custody of her child with the ex-hubby is one who learns how to amicably reach an agreement. She knows how to trade this for that, in order to come up with an arrangement which suits both parties.

Dodging rotten tomatoes. Any mom, at some point in her life, will have to learn to toughen up and just ignore negative comments hurled her way. Remember, sticks and stones…

Like what they say, parenting doesn’t come with a manual. We mothers just learn as we go along. There are hits and misses along the way, but in the end, mastering these parenting skills only makes us better persons who raise even better children.

5 Things a Single Mom Forgets

Back in the day, Kermit the Frog used to sing a little ditty called “It’s not easy being green…”  Because my singing voice closely resembles his, I will sing my own version of his song, changing the words to “It’s not easy being a single mom…”

I’m sure most if not all of you will agree with me on that.  Show me someone who thinks otherwise, and I’ll punch him or her in the face with all my might.  [Read more…]