Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Single Parents


My amazing Mam and I
I thought about writing a Mother's Day blog post but then I figured all of the rest of the UK would be cluttering up social media with declarations of love mostly to people that will never actually read it. Go and take her a cuppa in bed, I reckon she'll prefer that. With that in mind this blog post isn't specifically about my Mam but about all single parents in the world because for the most part they are amazing super parents.

I thought about this blog post the other night when I went to see an author talk by Erin Lange and was thinking about her book Dead Ends in which both of the protagonists come from single parent households so my little head started ticking.

For all of the people out there who think a family needs to consist of a two parent household and that's how a child gets the best start in life, I'm going to have to disagree with you. Most of the other kids I went to school with were from two-parent households however I don't think this made me feel odd in school. It didn't feel different to be from a single-parent household, maybe that's because my Mam did all of the things I needed her to.

I didn't need to come from a two-parent household because I had one super parent. Now that I am older and know how the world works I have no idea how she coped being a single parent with two under-five daughters but she did and that is pretty amazing.

When I got a bit older I wasn't really living in a single-parent household as such. My Mam's partner moved in and for all intensive purposes served as an extra parent. The poor man got all of the raw deals that come with a teenage girl: going to the midnight book launch of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, helping me move into my flat (and out and into another one) and driving me the whole way to the Scottish Highlands.

I guess what I am trying to say is, in a round about way I am happy to have been brought up by a single Mam, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Hannah x

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