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I Am a Single Parent

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    http://youtu.be/sMmTkKz60W8 Simple Man by

    Lynyrd. By law, I have to allow my son to be with his dad and go back with his dad after he has been with me. - Heart-wrenching this has always been for me, because I always knew the truth but could not prove it. I contested custody years ago but due to not affording a lawyer...
    OlivePhire OlivePhire 36-40, F 2 Responses Aug 4, 2014

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    im no single parent. I've been on the other

    side. im a daughter who has only a mom. my moms amazing shes put food on the table even when she was running low of money. she's made the little things like candle lit suppers and picnics on the floor and board game nights. shes raised me to be who i am and i think that's...
    xxpawprintsxx xxpawprintsxx 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 10

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    Provide Children With Real Information - And Facts, Calmly

    When my older son was 11 and started middle school, we went out for a drive to starbucks. This was our "date night" that whatever he tells me, his brother wont hear or know, right? So Im driving in 5:00 traffic thru the city when out of "nowhere" (he was talking about the school...
    Myztikal Myztikal 36-40, F 7 Responses Oct 27, 2013

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    I love my boy more than life itself.

    .. But it am so lonely. I am guilty about that. I. Want a partner, I want another baby. So much !!
    rainbowdolohin rainbowdolohin 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 22, 2014

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    So my kind wonderful honey people quick

    question/ personal poll I'm taking here. I had a baby, named her ally Anna. Dad doesn't come I to picture until DNA results r clear he is the father which took six months didn't even meet her as my "friend". I supervised visits til she was a year old. She is now going to be...
    demandatory demandatory 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 9, 2014

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    Ever feel like it's just you

    and your kid against the world? That's me right now :-(
    missblueskies missblueskies 36-40, F 5 Responses Jan 11, 2014

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    Seeking true love and serious commitment.

    Someone who will accept me for who i am. Someone who is successful and can travel and see me here in the Philippines. Open to a possibility of serious commitment that could lead to marriage. Where is the Love?
    philb0i philb0i 26-30, M Sep 9, 2014

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    Hey all. Just wanted to say hi.

    New here. I am 34, a single dad of a 12-year-old, recently came to a new city and just looking for likeminded parents to connect with. I've been a single since she was 8, and although it's been busy, I absolutely love it. Though 12 is a tough age, but I am hanging in there as...
    NoVADad703 NoVADad703 31-35, M 5 Responses Dec 6, 2013

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    Hello.. well.. I pretty much put my personal

    life on hold as I raised my son alone since he was just a baby. I have grown to admire all the single mothers out there and all they do by themselves. He is grown now and I find myself wondering if I should have done more for me these last 20 yrs..but if given the chance I...
    quietthunder2 quietthunder2 61-65, M 2 Responses Mar 21, 2014

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    I just recently became a single parent

    and my kids are teenagers. Their dad is in the picture and he does help out some, but for now (and I hope until they leave home for college) they live with me full-time. There were other times when we were without their dad, twice because he took a job in another town and once...
    lostit77 lostit77 46-50, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    Right. So this week so far,

    I have had 2 sick children, a 3 year old who COnSTANtly whined (I thought for a second there I was losing my sanity), a 5 year old who chirped me: "Mom, I can't hear what you're saying when u speak with food in your mouth" 🙈 mmmm wonder where she got that from??? Insomnia...
    99hello99 99hello99 31-35, F Aug 28, 2014

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    I really don't enjoy being a single parent.

    Yes I know I made it happen but I just don't think I am the one for this job. I never really got into the kid thing. I want my life back. I love my son but I just feel out of place. I need a break from him. I am about to explode. Now I understand why woman just leave and never...
    seriousmommyprob seriousmommyprob 31-35, F 6 Responses Jan 12

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    Being a single parent gives you more challenge

    in your life. Either you want to continue your life or you end it? But I rather choose to continue it even a lot of struggle I encountered physically, emotionally and financially you are down but the thing is u have kids that need you most. This is the reason why I'm here...
    Lhee0607 Lhee0607 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 12, 2014

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    Dear mom When you come over to my house,

    with your upturned nose and down-cast eyes, bemoaning the state of disorder here... you don't notice that everything is basically put away... the dishes are washed... there's a full load of laundry in the dryer. the smell of breakfast is still in the air, There's a fresh flower...
    SweeetKiester SweeetKiester 41-45, F 2 Responses Aug 30, 2014

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    Single Parent

    I am a 31 year old single parent with 4 beautiful kids. Ever since my kids was born i knew i would never walk out on my kids and would be there for them. I live alone with my kids and work fulltime to support them, i'm looking forward 2 going back 2 school and hopefully have my...
    hamma31 hamma31 31-35, M 4 Responses Jul 14, 2012

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    I am a single father to three girls

    who are identical triplets. I met my beautiful wife when I was twenty-one years old, I had never been in love before but the moment I saw her, I knew that she would be the love of my life. I was a lawyer doing a case in Greece (from America) and she was a astronomer who had...
    connertrisbowski connertrisbowski 41-45, M 6 Responses Jul 31, 2014

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    Keep Me Going

    and if it wasn't for the kids I'd be gone. They are my life and my world. I knew long ago that without them it wouldn't be a life worth living. I'd planned on leaving after the 1st grew up but "poof" along came another... now I'm up to three. Divorced and living single...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality 36-40, F 6 Responses Jun 13, 2007

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    new update- things have become bittersweet.

    We made amends-no, we are not getting back together, we are just focusing on being friends and parents. he finally got to meet his son and his daughter fell in love all over again. But now, he's back in jail-wtf!! What is it about that place that soo many ppl just love to be...
    sugabuga1 sugabuga1 31-35, F Sep 5, 2014

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    I'm a 21 year old single parent.

    My little boy is 6weeks old. His dad wants nothing to do with him. I feel so alone, but my boy makes it all better when I look at him just wish I had someone to talk too.
    Jojo992 Jojo992 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 25, 2014

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    $tuck In The Middle As A $ingle Parent -a Look Into Our World

    In case anyone is browsing this section looking for a story to read and you AREN'T in our shoes, let me give you a run down of how it is for most of us stuck in the middle of the financial grid, or even at the lower end.  We are the ones that make just a few dollars (and I...
    WhatMattersCannotBeSeen WhatMattersCannotBeSeen 31-35, F 7 Responses Oct 14, 2009

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    Mother's Day really sucks

    when you're a single parent. It throws in to sharp relief the fact that I'm all alone and have no support from anyone. This is the most depressed I've felt all year. And it makes me feel ungrateful because my daughter woke me up to breakfast in bed and made me a present. But at...
    tangledupinazul tangledupinazul 31-35, F May 11, 2014

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    I Am a Single Mom.

    OK, I will not b i t c h too much for 2 reasons, 1. I Love my kids and 2. I know there are many women who would give ANYTHING to be a mother, whether they be single or married and I truly do not wish to disrespect my children or the women who would switch places with me in a...
    AlwaysRemembers AlwaysRemembers 41-45, F 8 Responses May 22, 2007

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    I've been a single parent

    since my son's father left the country when I was 3 months pregnant. To be fair his visa didn't allow him to stay and the pregnancy was not planned. The dynamics of our situation are complicated and the purpose of this post isn't to explore the rights or wrongs of that aspect...
    rainbowdolohin rainbowdolohin 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 26, 2014

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    single40dad single40dad 36-40, M 2 Responses May 23, 2014

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    You know what helps with single parenthood?

    Other parents! Sometimes, you're just fine with a little help from your friends and you will be all right. If you need a break, drop them off to a friend or another parent. Just make sure you are there when they need you to love them, though.
    NoVADad703 NoVADad703 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 22

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    I have 4 kids 3 girls how are 10,

    8,3 and 1 boy how is 5 I'm all so 33 weeks pregnant
    mumof4and1onitsway mumof4and1onitsway 26-30 Apr 23, 2014

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    Better Now

    I was married for 12 years. I've often felt that the person she sold me when I first met her was not the person she really was or had intended on becoming. Shortly after the birth of our first child, she left. Just decided she didn't want to be a wife and mother and left...
    JLBetts JLBetts 46-50, M 4 Responses Feb 12, 2013

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    I Want To Love And Be Loved..

    name is Mark sean williams, Am in the military, 1st Battalion 12th Marines artillery unit..i do have a 6yr old daughter named sarah, Since the death of my wife to cancer 5yrs ago, she has been living with her maternal granny in texas due to my work..am a one lady man..i love...
    mark1817 mark1817 46-50, M 4 Responses Nov 18, 2013

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    I got married to have a family.

    I believed it be forever and the time in my life which would bring great joy. The woman I married gave me two children but she never gave me any love.She even told me the only reason she married me was because I made her safe and secure but she never loved me.She loved alcohol...
    AfanOfbigNaturals AfanOfbigNaturals 41-45, M 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    I'm a single parents to a beautiful lil girl

    who's just starting her terrible twos! Ekkk help her father been Mia since she was 5 months old doesn't call doesn't text nothing I'm strong for my daughter every single day! I can't Imange life without her
    mtndew25 mtndew25 22-25, F Aug 31, 2014

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    I Love My 3 Beautiful Daughters!

    Hi! I am 18 and i am a single mom of 3 amazing girls. Well i am the biological mom to my 11 month old twin girls. But i am legal guardian to the twins fathers soon to be 4 yr old daughter and i love her so much even though i didnt give birth to her she is and will always be my...
    3sweetcupcakes 3sweetcupcakes 18-21 2 Responses Apr 19, 2012

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    Im now a single mother of two boys

    who are my world. Im going through a divorce and its a pretty messed up time for me. id like to one day meet someone who will make me feel special and not worthless.
    kellyg0107 kellyg0107 26-30, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Thank god for friends

    and beer! Also thanks to those of you who understood my vent and where i was coming from. Cheers!! 🍻
    Jess7787 Jess7787 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 10

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    To clarify, a married single parent.

    To a man whose only responsibility is to take care of himself, and he really can't even do that. But anyway. I've always been the only caretaker, for my almost 20 year old and now my 2 year old. Not like it's anything new, except I didn't work full time when the oldest one was...
    birdie39 birdie39 41-45, F 6 Responses Feb 22, 2014

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    Dear Parents Who Blow Off Your Children

    I have two sons, 19 and 15. While I share my younger son every two weeks with his father, who lives nearby, my older son has chosen to be with me full time. It is so sad to me that this son and his father have lost ALL relationship - they can go 6 months or more without...
    simplygirl simplygirl 46-50, F 13 Responses Jun 15, 2012

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    Hey you guys, help us raise money to assist

    this mom with their longtimedream!! http://www.gofundme.com/ghgzbc
    mel9293 mel9293 26-30 Oct 31, 2014

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    I didn't ask for this life,

    but I wouldn't change it for the world. I didn't know her mom was pregnant till she was in labour, I didn't know she was going to skip out on her. But I'm glad she's with me, I couldn't imagine life without her. Of course, 17 years old is young, but I love her with all I've got...
    danny49 danny49 16-17, M 4 Responses Sep 20, 2014

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    Men Who Think Single Moms Are Easy Lay And Prey

    first off we really aint that lonely maybe board maybe in need for some stimulating intellect . but we got too much do; to sit around feeling sorry for ourselves and lonely. I am one of those single mothers who was once married but as of today, I anticipate the days when I can...
    Toesiana Toesiana 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 20, 2013

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    I have 2 girls with different fathers,

    ages 1 and 4. I raise my girls by myself because their dads are incapable of being parents. One became a massive alcoholic when faced with being a father, and the other can't be bothered to care about much besides himself. I don't get any help from either of them, and I so...
    ComplexNotComplicated1 ComplexNotComplicated1 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 30, 2014

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    I'm the single mom of a very active 4 year old

    boy. He's the center of my world and has completely changed my life. Everything I do and every deduction I make comes with him in mind first. I haven't spoken to his father since he was about 3 months old. I don't know what to say when the question of his father finally comes up...
    MrsGigalowJr MrsGigalowJr 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 10, 2014

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    Despite what society deems

    as 'natural', not everyone should have kids. We choose to do things in our lives that we enjoy regardless if family/friends are involved or not. So if kids aren't on that list before you have them, don't. Hindsights a wonderful thing, but turns out parenting is just not my...
    seabreezn seabreezn 41-45, M 1 Response Nov 19, 2014

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    Sometimes I feel like I made a mistake by

    keeping my children. I love them, would never wish them harm. But sometimes I feel I should have just given them up for adoption. I'm not cut out for this mothering business. I'm 27 and I feel 47. I've felt this way since I had my first born at 19. When my children are screaming...
    Jess7787 Jess7787 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 9

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    Single Parent Power :)

    im currently pregnant. 23 weeks and counting i have a very stereotypical girl meets boy sort of story. he wasnt worth the wasted time and he proved it by bailing out before i even had my first ultra sound. at first i was terrified. i was angry and hurt and scared. but ive got so...
    noellebelle55 noellebelle55 18-21 5 Responses Nov 29, 2011

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    Single Parent Learning How To Be In A Relationship

    I have always been a single mom, going on twelve years now.  I did not want to raise my daughter as a single parent and was in a committed relationship with her father and thought we would get married.  That did not happen, and so I struggled and learned, and have...
    Sinequanon Sinequanon 36-40, F 3 Responses Aug 2, 2010

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    My parents divorced not long after I had turned one. My father moved out and I got used to seeing him every second day each week. I was mostly raised by my father and my...
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    Been single a long time. Largely by choice. Had a series of really awful dates and in the end I just thought it would be easier to be a single parent until my kids grew up. Well...
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M Jan 9

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    I am not saying that I am a great mom or the best in the world but am trying to be. Being a single parent is really hard.My daughter's birthday was last week. She had 2...
    4BlackForest 4BlackForest 36-40, F 6 Responses Jan 11

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    I am a "Warrior Mom." I am a single parent, widowed early, with a grown up a son. This is what I wanted to write/share, the reason why I joined EP. I know it will sound like a...
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