In today’s society it is common practice to see a picture of a mother and her children with no male representative present.
We hear about it every day the struggles single mothers go through on a day to day basis. It is the same old story decades on top of decades single parent households consisting of the mother, being mother and father in the home. Most of us have been raised in the single parent household and have experienced the struggles that our mothers had to go through for being put in such a position.
Women are commended for being super women; work an eight hour job, pick the kids up from school, cook dinner, help with the homework and settle everyone into bed without the assistance of a man. We cheer for the women that overcome the stereotypes of single motherhood; living on welfare or having multiple baby daddies, but have went back to school, receive degrees, started their own businesses and sent children off to college.
I am a single mom and understand the everyday struggles we face as a woman in this role. I have heard and shared in the stories of the deadbeat dad that owes back child support or the dad that feels paying his forced child support ; is enough of a contribution to the child he helped bring into this world and spending time is too much to ask. Trust me when I say; “I understand the single mom syndrome”.
There is however; a twist to this whole single parent living, what about the single dads? Yes, there are several single dads that have stepped up to the plate or have been forced into the single parent situation through circumstances beyond their control. As odd as this may sound, there are single dads raising their kids and go through the same difficulties and struggles as the single mom. Do we see pictures of the single dad, TV shows or frequent articles written on the single dad? Any stories written how he was left to raise three kids on his own? Do we commend the dad that goes to work, picks the kids up from school, helps with the homework and settles everyone to bed? Or cheer for the dad that has only one baby mamma and is doing his part as a single dad? We do none of these things because it is not an every reoccurrence we hear of this situation. We do not turn on our televisions sets and see a KFC commercial with a dad and his children having dinner without a mom.