I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Spawned, and the topic was Who Can Be Called A Single Mom? The hosts described jow they define a single mom. I believe one of the hosts’ husband has passed away so she considers herself single. After hearing their perspective, I started thinkin what “single mom” means to me. So let me back up a bit.
My grandmother became a widow in 1970 after 10 years of marriage and 5 children with my grandfather. She did not date much, deciding instesd to wlrk and raise the children. It wasnt so hard for her to do this because she had plenty of family to look after the kids while she worked. She didnt start dsting until all the children were grown. According to my mom she dated a couple losers before finding a good guy and giving birth to a 6th child. She didnt marry my uncle’s dad but they were a couple until his sudden death. He did provided financially for my uncle through his job and there were also death benefits my uncle received as well.
To me,the fact thay my grandma had a romantic partner that loved with her means she was not single. Here’s another example. My biological mother was married when she was 17to a much older man she hsd known aince childhood. They had a son a few years into marriage and then my mom left her husband. She started an affair with another married man which resulted in a baby. The married man stayed with his wife bjt his wife got even with him by giving my mother his social security number to claim child support for the baby. My mom went kn to have 2 more children while still legally married. My youngest brother’s father was her domestic partner for around 20 years,outlasting her actual marriage. However, I considered her single because she was married through her last 3 pregnancies and her husband and her were estranged.
I consider myself single for the same reason,kind of. I’ve never been married and I’m not in a commited relationship with someone who helps take care of my kids.
Here’s a last example for you before you decide what you think single is. My adopted mkm was married to a man 20 years ago. She split up with him a mont or two into heir marriage and they have not seen or spoken to each other since 2000. In 2006,Mlm got baptized into out faith, Pentecostal Christian. In our beliefs,divorce although recognized legally is not recognized by the church. You can not date anyone until your spouse has passed. If you do legally divorce, you atill can not date or remarry jntil your spouse has died. So sccording to the church, my mom was not single until her husband died a few months ago.
So,whenever a mom tells you she’s single,think about what that means for you (if you’re pursuing a mom) and ask her what that means to and for her. Tell me,moms, how do you define being a single mom?