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I felt tired of joint custody and tired of dealing with a difficult father.
Some, like my mother, found themselves trapped in marriages collapsing under the indignities of abuse and disrespect and decided their children deserved better.
And "hard" seems to be a word we now avoid, disparage, and devalue in our insta-everything culture.
In other words, the very values that Senator Santorum and so many others say these solo moms undermine are just the values I learned from mine -- and the community of women like her I grew up with outside Washington, D. What did we learn from these women who worked one or more miserably paid jobs while battling domestic turbulence, hunting for child support, hustling to pay rent, and forcing us to do our homework all on their own? Perseverance, perspective, determination, the need to clean up your own messes and confront your own problems, no matter how difficult. And the importance of realizing how much you have, even when "much" feels like nothing.
They didn't have to wake up so early to go to daycare, I complained.
They had big homes, fancy stuff, and family vacations, not small apartments, yard sale fare, and layaway at Marshall's.