Through a cancer diagnosis, kids’ injuries (all three were wrestlers) and challenging workload, she maintains her humanity and humor. In the time since my divorce, most of my first dates were coincidentally the last dates because I couldn’t wait to get home and call a friend or one of my sisters to laugh.The following excerpt is a shortened version of Weldon’s chapter on the challenges of dating as a single, midlife parent, titled simply: Raising the boys alone without financial assistance or physical reprieve kept me occupied, if not impatient. “How often are your boys away for the whole weekend? “Never.” I noticed a perceptible shift in his demeanor. I liked being able to relinquish control, even if just in the restaurant ordering wine.But even with child support, making ends meet can be an ongoing challenge.Add to that, single parents who do not have a strong support system are not able to work overtime, or take on a second source of income due to family responsibilities.When the child grows up, you’ll have the best friend you could possibly have. I understand that this might be demanding, complicated and hard on you.However, it’s extremely important that you don’t forget your own needs and urges as a single parent.by Nicole Caccavo Kear Single motherhood comes with a unique set of emotional challenges that can, at times, feel overwhelming and are best understood by women who share them.
Many single parents have a difficult time collecting financial support for their children.
"I see where they fall short and learn from that, and I'm inspired by the things they do well.
At the end of the day, I remind myself that no one is perfect.
, author and Northwestern University journalism professor Michele Weldon explores all the nuances and metaphors of that phrase.
She flees an abusive relationship only to have her ex essentially abandon her three sons when he moved overseas, providing no financial support and rarely communicating.