I cannot help but find that question extremely rude.Especially when it comes from another parent, who understands the love one feels for their offspring. I don’t want to imagine my life without my daughter for one second.by Marissa Hicks I adore my daughter and love being a mother.

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I have realized some key things that have helped me to ignore and surpass many stereotypes.

My reason for being a single mom is no one else’s business but my own.

In my opinion, single moms often face oppression based on myths, stereotypes, and prejudices.

The following is a list of comments I can recall hearing in the last couple years which hold no validity: -“Single moms are the least likely women to get remarried.” -“Children in single-parent families always have deficits, do poorly in school and suffer emotionally and behaviorally.” -“Single-parent families are “broken homes.” -“Children from single-parent families have lower self-esteem.” -“Children raised by single moms actually resent and hate their mothers” -“Single mothers are unable to give their sons the upbringing that they need and once they have to face the world, they prove to be failures since they lacked a man living at home. (The truth here is that a child needs family with a healthy relationship) -“Youth raised by a single mom are at higher risk for substance abuse.” -“Children are at greater risk of physical abuse in single mother households than in single father households.” -“High Youth Crime Rates are a direct result of not having a father at home.” -“Children fare worse in single parent homes.” -“Single moms are lonely and have a hard time finding a mate.” -“A child is better off raised by an unrelated married couple than by her own parents if her mother is single at the time she is born.” -“A child is better off raised by an older person than by her young mother.” -“A child is better off with wealth than with her own mother or father.” – “Children growing up without a father in the home are more than twice as likely to end up in jail.” Reading statements like that make my blood boil.

I try to shrug it off and focus on the relationships I already have.

I am a fabulous person with a great kid and anyone who assumes less of us is missing out!

I am not going to let other people diminish my hard work.

Nobody has the right to judge me or treat my daughter differently simply because I am a single mom.

They are also sometimes put under the category of neoromance.