I too was a young mother . my son is now almost 19. We have made it so far against every odd imagineable for example his father is serving a second prison sentence for selling drugs and while incarcerated involved my son in his business. My son was caught by police and faced 15 years in jail but thankfully was found not guilty. I have two other children now aged 4 and 6. They too are the apple of my eye.
It's funny that even with the 12 year age difference between my oldest boy and the two younger ones, I find I have to be very careful about treating them fairly. The older one still gets put out if he thinks I'm favouring the younger ones.
Being a mother is the best job in the world. Sadly most achievement is measured in dollars so mothers are often at the bottom of the 'choice of career' list because we don't get paid. we do, however, get taken for granted, walked all over and disrespected. What many people don't realise is that we are doing the most important job in the world that will affect tomorrow's society