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I am in awe of single parents and how much they do! This week at Guideposts, I shared why this Father’s Day I was thinking about single parents.
How Do They Do It?
Raising kids is hard; being a single parent is harder.
My husband had been out of town less than a day when Olivia came down with the stomach flu.
My first thought was, “Oh no—not when Phil is away!” I know there are armies of strong women out there who can clean up six vomiting kids without even mentioning to their husbands that they are having a rough day, but I am not one of them.
When stomach flu hits our house, I holler for my husband like a toddler calling for her mommy.
My husband is a fantastic first mate to have on deck. He changes bedding while I clean up the sick child, he takes away filled buckets and brings back empty ones, he holds the baby while I shower off after being hit with projectile vomit.
And then, when I inevitably come down with the bug myself, he looks after the kids so I can throw up in peace. (He has a stomach like a horse.)
Yes, when the kids are sick, I want my husband!
At the end of the four messy days without him, I was even more aware and appreciative of all the little things he does. The single-parent life is not for me!
In fact, all I could think about while I mopped up vomit and changed countless diapers was how many moms and dads parent on their own. I can only imagine how exhausting and lonely it must be to face all the challenges of parenting alone…
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Written by Janice.
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