When I was going through the hardest years of bringing up my children as a single mother, including dating or having some years with a partner, what I most needed was hope and encouragement that I could see this incredible journey through to the conclusion of launching my children into adulthood.
I needed voices of other mothers, other women who were doing the same thing and finding the ways to master the tremendous responsibilities and requirements of single motherhood. I was hungry to hear their stories and longing to hear how they did what they did and how they thought about what they were doing. I wanted to know how they found help, how they mustered up support, and how their kids were doing.
I wanted to learn how to handle the incredible range of emotions that I was feeling at every point along the way, and how to deal with all the changes that single motherhood presented to my life. My former husband’s remarriage, his way of parenting the same children I was parenting, and how to heal from the resentment I sometimes felt for being a single mother in the first place.
I found what I needed in various places, but it was never quite enough. I pledged that someday I would offer other single mothers what I wished I had and what I needed. Now , I have put together a book that I hope will give encouragement to other mothers in the form of stories, strategies and ideas for growing stronger. My book, entitled “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom/Seven Insights for the Single Mother” will be out sometime this year or early next year.
I hope it will bring the readers a sense of well being, comfort and reassurance as they do the hardest job in the world.