Giving up on motherhood is like not grasping for breath when you are in danger of drowning. You can’t. Mothers don’t give up. They don’t give up on their children. They don’t give up on caring for them. They don’t give up on doing everything in their power to make life better for them.
Sometimes it may seem like you are drowning. The laundry never gets completely done. There is never an extra dollar. Kids continue to be kids.
Setting high standards for your children will pay off eventually. In the midst of it all it may not seem so. And yet one day you will see it. Each day that you teach them to have integrity and demonstrate it with your actions, will be a day that produces results in their adult character.
I encourage you to list the traits you want for your children when they are grown. Reread it every night before bed and think of ways and words that will instill each trait. If you put this in a journal and date each entry you will see each child grow into a responsible adult right before your eyes.
I raised three children as a single mother before I remarried. I have experienced the potholes, pests, and perils of being the single head-of-household. As an educator in regular and special education for twenty years I know a great deal about child development and how to handle kids. I am the founder of SMORE for Women, a nonprofit whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. I'm a Certified Professional Coach and my stories have been published in several books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving is available on Amazon.