FACTS About Single Mothers

Facts About Single Moms
This Mother’s Day

So much information and misinformation comes into our Inbox, Facebook or Instagram every day. Everybody has an opinion. When it comes to single mothers people can show judgment, condemnation and even ridicule. They disregard single mothers as a drag on society, as lazy or irresponsible. Let’s look at the FACTS.

Single moms account for one-quarter of United States households. 44% of children in Jefferson County live in single parent homes. Of the 254 counties in Texas only fifteen others have comparable numbers. Single parents in the United States have more than tripled singe 1960. A great many of the single mothers I speak with came out of abusive homes, were hungry for love and got pregnant without realizing the consequences. They didn’t have job skills and no way to gain them while mothering a child.

We have a huge number of young mothers who never married. They are often fleeing unpleasant, even abusive, situations in their homes. So they allow the first boy who shows them attention to have sex with them. They end up pregnant and he ends up – gone. We have an epidemic of fatherless homes.

Education makes a world of difference for the single mother and her family. Being a mother, as well as the primary breadwinner, makes it nearly impossible for them to earn an education and provide a better life for themselves and their children.

Let’s make it possible for single mothers to earn two-year associate’s degrees. Instead of criticism, let’s offer a solution. Let’s be part of the solution.

AND let’s tell a single mom “Happy Mother’s Day” with a pat on the back and maybe a gift card too.

SMORE for Women is a nonprofit association whose goal is to encourage single moms to reach their highest potential.

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 also a Certified Professional Coach and my stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving is available on Amazon.

Gail Cawley Showalter

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