By the Thrive Leaders
If the feeling of being a single mom could be described in one word, it would be loneliness. No matter the journey to becoming a single mom, I find most moms express the same feeling.
Take away your best friend, the person you can tell everything to, the person you know you could talk to every night, the person to watch the kids so you could have a girl’s night out. Now it’s just you and your kids. You want to be strong for you kids. You don’t need to discuss your emotional struggles with your kids, but who do you talk to?
Your friends that were there are no longer calling, no longer inviting you out for a group date night. You are not getting invited to the barbeques. You are the third wheel. And when you do get an invite, chances are you have your kids and the cost of a babysitter, or the dinner out, is way out of your budget. So, you sit home alone. Night after night.
By simply building a relationship with a single mom, you can make an impact. As you begin to get to know her, there are simple steps to help you along the way to support her:
- Check in on her throughout the week
- Go for coffee
- Go visit her, and chat while helping do some household chores with her
- Include her on outings
- Listen to her: she will tell you her needs, allow you to help guide her, and support her how she needs if you are willing to listen
- Educate yourself about what the single mom is going through. If you’re better informed, you’ll have greater understanding, patience, and empathy for her.
This is part of a continuing series on our Thrive ministry. For more information on how to care for single moms, check out the Thrive ministry page for the complete list of posts! Thank you for your support of this ministry!