Being a single mother is hard. I’d go so far as to say that hard is an understatement. And many people have accepted that, but sometimes my friends tend to forget how difficult a job it really is. Between sleepless nights, work, and taking care of a human being, the workload is huge and I can barely keep up.
If you have a friend who’s a single mom, the best thing you can do is offer to help out. If you can’t, just refrain from saying anything that can be mistaken for criticism. Nobody likes a critic. Or better still, don’t say anything at all. Anything could tick off a single mom.
But if you’re looking for a basic guide, here are 8 phrases single mothers won’t appreciate:
1. “Bring your toddler; it’s gonna be fun”
Yeah, not gonna happen. It might be fun for you to watch me follow my kid around, making sure he doesn’t get hurt, while you sample a glass of expensive wine, but it’s definitely not fun for me.
Your intentions might be good, and I appreciate the fact that you are willing to endure a crying toddler just to see me, but what you’re suggesting is anything but fun.