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The Single Mama’s Guide to Mother’s Day

by Michelle Dempsey M.S., CPRW

And just like that, another Mother’s Day is upon us. Another day to feel the love, add a few more adorable handmade cards and gifts to the pile, and hopefully, enjoy a nice celebration or two.

This will only be my third Mother’s Day, so the thrill of waking up with a reminder that I created a living, breathing, teeny, tiny version of me excites me. Everything about the day does.

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Only this year, mine will be a bit different.

Yet at the same time, it won’t feel unfamiliar.

Because in my 33rd year of life, the same age my mom was when she separated from my father, I am now on my own with my little girl. While this was certainly not how I expected life to pan out, it is what it is. I am making the best of this situation, because, well, that’s what I do.

For me as a child, it felt like Mother’s Day every day. I worshipped my mother. Celebrated her as much as I could. Lavished her with poems, gifts, and flowers from our backyard – I didn’t need a holiday to let her know how much I loved her. She was my superhero, and still is.

Speaking of superheroes, you haven’t really met one until you’ve met a single mama.

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There’s a reason why they say motherhood is the hardest 'hood to ride through', and doing it on your own adds a whole other dimension to the game. It’s as if we carry a weight that no one else can understand unless they’re in the same exact situation - feels almost too great to bear on some days.

But that’s not about this. Not at all. It’s about Mother’s Day and how celebrating without a significant other to pat you on the back is going to be just fine.

I promise.

Here are a few ways to get your single mama celebration on this Mother’s Day:

1. Find your sisterhood.

You know what’s the most comforting about my new reality? The fact that about half the women I surround myself with are going through the exact same thing. Or are single by choice. Or just loved me so much that they’d drop everything for a girl’s day. Plan a time to celebrate each other, and the value you bring to each other’s lives with some girl time. You’ve more than earned it.

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