Have you seen Champagne Cartel’s ’10 Things I Know’ series?
They have featured some really awesome women who are nailing their shit in whatever field they are in and they ask them to share their wisdom.
It’s really wonderful and I was really honoured to be invited to share 10 things I know about being a single mum.
Champagne Carolyn was a single mum for a time too, and realistically although it often feels like you’re the only one in the world there are lots of us out there.
Over the last 12 months I have gained a new respect for my mum who did it on her own with two kids, and I’ve realised that I’m lucky that I have an ex-partner who is still present in my children’s life.
I have had a crash course in solo parenting in the last 12 months and here’s 10 things I’ve learned….
1. When people say that their partner works all the time and they’re practically a single mother, it doesn’t piss me off because I know that feeling too, and it does feel like what you imagine it would be like.
In truth, it’s not really the same at all and it’s a bit of a dicky thing to say.
2. Standing in line at Centrelink is one of the most levelling experiences you’ll ever have. All single mums have to do it because you need to tell the government what you’re doing and you’re usually doing it at a crisis point so it totally tastes like despair and failure. But it isn’t. It’s just another line. Do some kegels, take some deep breaths and remember that everything is going to be better than okay.
You can read the other 8 things I know here.