by Dana B. Bryant
Raising kids can be challenging enough for any parent. For many single parents, a more apt description might be "difficult."
When you're trying to be both mom and dad, going at it alone can be stressful, lonely, frustrating, and sometimes thankless.
Back in 1984, Janice Moglen, a single mother of two, wrote an article suggesting a day be set aside to honor single parents. The occasion recognizes the hard work parents do each day in raising their children. She hoped it might one day be as familiar as Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Later that same year, March 21 was designated as National Single Parents Day by the President and the United States Congress. A portion of the declaration reads:
"I call on the people of the United States to recognize the contributions single parents are making, sometimes under great hardships, to the lives of their children, and I ask that they volunteer their help, privately or through community organizations, to single parents who seek it to meet their aspirations for their children."
Meet the Single Parents
Single parents -- those who are divorced, widowed or never married -- head up more than 13 million households in the United States.
More than 16 million children live in a single-parent home. In the United States last year, 41 percent of the children were born to single parents.
Colorado's HJR 9801019 reads, "Every day single parents bear the tremendous responsibilities of breadwinning and nurturing alone. The achievements of single parents are deserving of our recognition."
Celebrate Single Parents' Day
Did you grow up in a single-parent home? Let your mom or dad know that you recognize and appreciate their hard work to maintain a stable home environment where you could thrive.
Are you parenting solo? Give yourself a pat on the back for your efforts and achievements! It's well-deserved.
Single Parents' Day is an opportunity to raise awareness. More than 14 million single parents who are raising children in the U.S. today. Did you know about this event? Now that you do, please spread the word! Like, +1 and tweet this article!
As a parent you've adapted and grown. You've invested in making a home where you and your child can thrive. Today's the day! Celebrate how far you've come on this journey and what a great job you're doing.
- Let your child know how rich your life is as their parent
- Think of the reasons you're proud of what you're doing as a single mom or dad
- Encourage another single parent
- Reward yourself with permission -- to have a break, to have joy, to dream
Do you know a single parent who deserves a shout out? We invite you to share their story in comments.
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