Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Single Parents Are Families!

Like many people I thought I would be together with the person I had a child with forever. We had a baby together, loved each other, had a place together, and large family get togethers whenever the opportunity called for it.

But we didn't stay together forever.

Then somewhere along the process from "couples parenting" and single motherhood I felt that Leilani and I weren't a "real" family. I felt the fact that her father wasn't present meant we weren't a "real" family because "real" families have two parents but now I realize that's a bunch of crap.

Families are families regardless of structure!

I am a family with a global support system. Her father may not be around as much as i'd like but the overwhelming amount of love, support, and encouragement we get from friends and family near and far is priceless to us.
Single parents are not just single parents we are families. Our child and ourselves are a family. It has taken me a long time but I finally realize, know, and celebrate the fact that Leilani and I ARE a family!
We love, support, encourage, help, and respect one another.
We have dreams and goals we are working on together.

We are a family!