While it is true that a child need both of his/her parents for proper upbringing, a single parent never fails to perform this task as well. My father passed away back in 2005 after struggling from Lung Cancer for 2.5 years. This means that I have seen my mother raise me for as long as I can remember. She has been my life support all these years. I am so proud of her, taking care of me and my other sisters, all alone.
Implications of living in a single-parent household:
However, there is a lot of stigma attached to single parenting, especially when it comes to single moms taking care of their children. From my journey of studying in a school to going to university, whenever I tell a new friend that my father has passed away, a strange awkward silence swoops in. Then, there comes the unwanted sympathy that they get in their eyes for me. I get that children having both of their parents seem to automatically think I’m from a broken family. They consider that I am someone who needs their pity. However this is not the case.
Single parents are no less than Superheroes:
While it is true that I have gone through some of the most difficult times of my life while missing my father, it should not be ignored that I am living an amazing life with my Mom and sisters. My mom never made me realize that I cannot do something in life simply because I don’t have a father. She has fulfilled our desires and needs and has always encouraged us to believe in our dreams. My sisters and I have studied from well known educational institutions and are successful in life because of the courage and hard work my mother instilled in all of us.
There has been a lot of unfortunate events in life where people have led down my mother. From passing comments about how she manages to keep her children so well-raised to poking their noses in our personal family matters, my mother has heard all of it. All of this makes me very sad. Why cannot people just realize that we don’t need their sympathy? Rather, we need their empathy, a little bit of understanding that we are not an incomplete family. We are complete in our own beautiful way. That’s all.