Monday, May 2, 2016

How to Have the Best Mother's Day as a Single Mom

Mother's Day is fast approaching (May 8th) if you did not know the day. I feel for a lot of single mothers this is a bitter sweet day (even more so if you have small children). It can feel like no one is going to appreciate you on this special day, this one day a year. So I ask you this... Why don't you appreciate you? If you are waiting for someone to say it is okay for you to pat yourself on the back, I am giving the okay. There are no rules about Mother's Day but we still have these ideas in our head about these two parent households and how the day should go. Do not let being a single mother be the reason this cannot be a special day. Here are my tips on how to make the best of your Mother's Day as a single mom. 

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Do not compare yourself to women in relationships. Do not start the self-talk about what all these other ladies are getting, doing, not doing be grateful. So many women want to mothers and cannot you have already gotten something priceless. 

Keep the internet use to a minimum. You are going to have some bitter people online and you don't need them bringing you down. You also do not need to see people posting about how wonderful their Mother's Day is if you are going to compare your day to theirs. 

Do not cook. You're not getting breakfast in bed so do the next best thing cook nothing! If you have older child(ren) let them work it out, if you have younger child(ren) make today the day they can eat whatever they like. I do this on a few holidays with Noah can you say CAKE for breakfast. 

Buy yourself something nice. If you do not have someone buying you something you do it. As mothers we put our children first always but not today. If you want that Ipad (and you can afford it) but it, you want a day at the spa do it, whatever you want do it. I have bought myself something almost every year since becoming a mother it is a wonderful feeling to reward oneself for everything done over the year. 

Do something by yourself or with your child(ren). Create a new tradition here should it be going to the spa, going on a picnic, out to eat, taking family pictures, or to some local event going on. The only rule is mom picks. You pick what you want to do (if you’re taking the child(ren) just make sure they will have fun). 

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What are your plans for Mother's Day?

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Shakirah is a single mom to a 5 year old. She is a blogger, teacher, and graduate student. Her goal is to bring a more positive and realistic look into the lives of single mothers.


  1. Personally I'm not a single mother (I have no children...yet) but I have friends who are single parents and I definitely think you hit the nail on the head. Comparison will often be your worst enemy, if you let it. Great post.