“Being a single parent has it positives and its negatives. For me I have learnt to look past the fact that I am a single parent because honestly sometimes I don’t even remember that these children have a father.”
The words of a 38-year-old mother of three (ages 13, 10 and 8) who gets little or no support from the father of the children. As I listened to her speak, I tried to grasp the positives she spoke about at the beginning of our conversation but apart from the fact that she obviously loves her children I was hard pressed to find any. Their lives have been a constant struggle and continues to be, but I did grasp she was a strong woman who was not ready to give up. She is fairly educated and has had what some may consider ‘good’ jobs in the past but has found it difficult to really make it with her three children.
“I don’t remember my children have a father because it has been so long since he contributed to their well-being,” she said reflectively…..
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