Single Mother Struggles

By Pascal

I’m Maria, a single mother with two kids. My husband left me for another woman and every day feels like a constant struggle. It’s not just about the lack of a partner to share the burden with, but also about the financial and emotional challenges that come with raising two children on my own.

I wake up at 5am every day to prepare breakfast for my kids and get them ready for school. After dropping them off, I head to my job, where I work 8 hours a day as a cashier at a local supermarket. It’s not a glamorous job, but it pays the bills and puts food on the table.

Once I’m done with work, I rush back home to pick up my kids from school. Then it’s back to the kitchen to cook dinner, help them with their homework, and get them ready for bed. By the time they’re asleep, I’m exhausted, and all I want to do is crawl into bed and get some rest.

But there’s no time for rest when you’re a single mom. There are bills to pay, groceries to buy, and household chores to take care of. I try to keep up with everything, but it’s tough. Some days, I feel like I’m drowning, and there’s no one to turn to for help.

I often worry about how best I can prepare for the future and ensure that my children have the opportunities and experiences they need to thrive. Sometimes I ask myself, what can I do to ensure that I’m providing for my children financially and emotionally as a single mother? I wonder If I’m doing enough to support their growth and development, I want them to have the best life possible, but it’s hard to provide that on my own. I worry about their education, their health, and their emotional well-being. I want to be there for them every step of the way, but it’s not always possible when I’m juggling so many responsibilities.

Despite all the challenges, I’m grateful for my children. They give me a reason to keep going, even on the toughest days. I know that I’m not alone in this struggle, and there are many other single mothers out there who are going through the same thing.

I may not have all the answers, but I’m doing the best I can. And I know that with love, determination, and a little bit of help from the community, I can provide a bright future for my children.

22 May, 2023