COVID-19 WMM Contributor

An Open Letter to Single Moms at this Time…

By WMM Guest Contributor: Elizabeth Stroik

Dear Single Mom,

This is just a note to say I see you. With the world seemingly spinning out of control around you, I see you continuing to ensure that your children flourish, your home is taken care of, and your work gets done.

As a single mom myself, I know the pressure you are under right now. Over the past few weeks, I’ve felt scared, overwhelmed, stressed, out of patience, and, occasionally, out of my mind. At the same time, I’ve been really proud of myself—of all of us.

Some of us have learned to adjust schedules, embrace new technology, and develop strategies for homeschooling our children, all while still putting in a full workday from home.

Some of us still have to go out to work every day, putting ourselves and our children at risk, because we are the “essentials” who make sure our communities continue to function.

Some of us are facing the challenge of being laid off or losing our jobs. We’ve been forced to rethink our budgets, make new strategies for the future, and find the strength to stay positive and stay focused.

We’ve been forced to rethink our budgets, make new strategies for the future, and find the strength to stay positive and stay focused.

We continue to find ways to connect and support one another, from FaceTime play dates to swapping groceries with the mom next door.

We have discovered new and imaginative ways to engage and entertain our children, ensure that they continue to learn and flourish, and that they have as much normalcy as possible in their daily lives. Even when we have felt afraid, anxious, and uncertain, we’ve continued to smile, laugh, play, and be a source of comfort and stability for those who depend on us.

Basically, we have stepped up, reached out, jumped through hoops, and pulled off a triple double. Yes, maybe you’re not as productive as you would like to be, maybe your child is getting more one-on-one time with a screen than a pediatrician would recommend, and maybe you haven’t put mascara on in a week, but that’s okay. It’s okay because, right now, you’re doing your part to just make sure the world keeps turning. I want you to know that I see you and I’m so proud of everything you do each day.

Hang in there, Mama. While we may be by ourselves, we are not alone.

 

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