Who said single parents can’t raise great kids?

I think we can all agree that one of the most rewarding and at the same time, exhausting jobs is being a parent. It’s hard for a 2 parent household, but it can be especially hard for a single parent.

I was raised by a single mom and I’ve been a single mom for 20 years, it wasn’t my choice, but hey things happen. I’ve had great support from family and friends over the years, they have helped shape my mini me’s into the young ladies they are today.

When I was younger I would always say “If I ever have kids, I want a son”. I only had one sibling growing up, my brother Jeffrey, I was 14 years older, so he was kind of like my son. When I was in middle and high school, I took him everywhere with me, so a boy is what I was used to.

How does the saying go? If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans?

I didn’t get a son, but I have 2 daughters that I wouldn’t trade for the world! It’s amazing how fast time has gone, I remember them as these two little beings that my mom and I would always dress alike. Even though they are two years apart, it was so easy just to buy 2 of everything, even to this day people think they are twins. They look alike, but would rather drop dead than dress alike!

Both of my girls, like myself, have graduated from high school and are both currently enrolled in college. One is a junior (at my alma mater, THE Grambling State University) and the other a freshman, that’s something I’m very proud of! My goal in life has been to be half the mother to them that my mom was to me! As an adult, I appreciate all the ways she nurtured and motivated me, I can now pass that on to my girls.

Single parents, give yourself a pat on the back, whatever accomplishment(s) your children have made, it’s all because of you! If you are a parent that is having a hard time raising your kid(s) on your own, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Trust me, I know how hard it is to realize that sometimes we can’t do it all and may need help from family/friends, don’t be too prideful to ask.

What better way for me to embarrass my children than talking about them and posting their picture in a blog….Yesssssss!

My girls supporting each other at their graduations (L) 2018 and (R) 2016.