Single But Not Alone
Parenting-- A Two Person Job in a Single Parent World
Ahead of me, the stairway looms endless; I see another turn ahead, surely, that will be the end of it. Glancing behind me, I note I have passed many turns already, wondering each time if the next turn would be the last, or if some vile shadow is waiting to wrap me in its gloomy depths. If it comes, will I struggle or will I willingly surrender?
One thing is certain, if I survive to see the end of this stairway, my life will never be the same.
Parenting is interesting under the most normal of circumstances (if there is such a thing), but shouldering the job by yourself is a load that only those who have experienced it can understand. There are many kinds of single parents: There are single fathers and single mothers, single parents of toddlers, single parents of teens, and parents who, though they may not fit the common description of single, carry the burden alone, though in a two parent household; each of these experiences comes with its own distinct hurdles and wonders.
This book is for all of those who have entered the path of parenthood and are feeling the bumps; when the nights feel exquisitely long and the days so full of surviving, that you forget to breathe, you are not alone! I am not nor have I ever been a perfect parent; I have probably made the same mistakes that you worry about, and quite probably a few that you are way too smart for. Yet we have something in common, we go on trying; everyday, we get up and get dressed and we do whatever must be done, and most importantly, we love our children, even when they are unlovable.