There are some challenges faced by single parent families that coupled families will never understand.
Challenges that go beyond trying to raise multiple children while maintaining a mortgage, full-time job and Saturday sport roster.
Take such challenges, faced by both coupled and single families, and add trying to handle not just your own emotional issues but those of others who ask about your situation.
Listen to the MMOL hosts discuss the story of one mum who went above and beyond for her son on this week’s podcast.
Only a child of a single parent family will understand the special treat that is watching somebody immediately regret asking what happened to your mother or father.
(Spoiler: You don’t want to know and you will apologise so much that I will begin to apologise for telling you.)
Life as a child of a single parent family may sound a bit gloomy but being raised in such a way expands your mind to the possibilities beyond the “traditional” family unit.
I learned from a young age that only having a mum didn’t disqualify me from “dad activities”. If anything, it eliminated the idea that activities needed to be tied to gender.
I was still taken to AFL games, albeit reluctantly, and I still went fishing and played catch. There was no over-protective dad to “guard me” from unsuitable suitors – instead, there was a fierce tiger mum who was far more unsettling than any burly bloke.