In a world that has witnessed remarkable progress in shifting perceptions and embracing diverse perspectives, it remains disheartening that single mothers continue to face unjust stigma.
As a mother myself, I wholeheartedly understand the immense challenges that come with motherhood, and the strength displayed by single mothers is truly awe-inspiring.
It’s our responsibility to advocate for a society that embraces empathy, understanding, and support.
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The stigma associated with single motherhood has evolved over time.
I believe it stems from the period when mums got the 'baby bonus' for having a baby. There was the perception that women kept the children for the money. Often that was a generational pattern, and sure, it was also one that was a choice. The irony is that if we value choice, and a woman empowered to make her own choices, then shouldn’t we respect that?
In most cases, the mother never truly planned to be a single parent, relationship issues have caused the situation, and circumstances are out of her control. I think that’s something we often forget.
There is a story behind every woman, and we need to challenge these outdated beliefs and shift our perspective.