When the kids are little, it is usually the dad who initiates the appreciative gestures or gifts for Mom. So, it can be especially wrenching for moms when no one else steps up in that way to help alleviate the pain. Or even if someone does offer love and support, there can still be an emptiness that is difficult to deal with. Luckily, time does march on, and as the children develop they usually begin to offer their own versions of love and appreciation for their hard-working mamas!
I wrote this piece The Coffee is Ready. Am I? quite awhile ago, but I wanted to share it again today in solidarity with those single moms who do it all - often without fanfare or thought, but just because they love their children, unconditionally. And also to offer support that the job of parenting, single or otherwise, does get easier!