10 Single Mom Secrets
How do successful single parents keep it all together? Author, blogger and single mom Christine Coppa shares her advice for surviving (and thriving) as a single parent
Seek Out Role Models
Single parents and their kids can flourish, and there are plenty of examples to prove it. Make a list of single parents—or children raised by a single parent—who inspire you, and refer to it when you’re having a rough day. Some of the people on my list include President Obama, who was raised by his single mom and grandparents; President Clinton, who was brought up primarily by his mom; and actress Bridget Moynahan, who went through her pregnancy alone after splitting from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. I’m not just inspired by celebrities though; my real life friend Matt who blogs at mattlogelin.com about unexpected single fatherhood is another confidence booster for me. Seeing all of these success stories and many more unfold before my eyes is proof that single parenthood is not only manageable, but an incredible gift that allows me to shape my son into a wonderful human being.
If you need more inspiration, check out the book Holding Her Head High: 12 Single Mothers Who Championed Their Children and Changed History by Janine Turner. It’s full of amazing single moms dating back to the Middle Ages.