You hear the term single mum and a lot of stereotypes spring to mind. It’s certainly not a term I ever thought I’d use on myself…but that’s what I am.
I’ve recently found out my landlord is selling the property I live in so I am having to move house and filling in all the forms for income support or housing applications I see have found myself using the term ‘single mum’ or ‘lone parent’ way too much.
I had a vision of how I wanted my life to turn out, I always planned I would be married before I had kids and that never happened, I at least wanted to be a 2 parent household and that’s not happening anymore either. I know my daughter is better off having 2 parents who are apart but happy than being together just for her. But the stigma around being a single mum is a hard burden to bear.
I will do what is best for my daughter and always put her needs above my own but I would be very happy if I never have to hear the phrase ‘oh so your a single mum’ ever again.