Single Mom Breadwinners: What's The Secret to Success?
Studies show that the number of breadwinning moms is on the rise—including some seriously ambitious sisters who are doing it for themselves. How? Here, five single moms share how to balance being Mom and the main money maker
Profession: adjunct professor/freelance writer
Number of Children: one daughter, age 2
City: Baltimore, Maryland
What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome as a working single parent?
I struggle with being 100 percent present with my daughter Story, because a lot of my work is done at home. It’s difficult to know when to take off my essay-grading and freelance writing hats to don a tiara and take afternoon tea.
How do you juggle work and childcare?
I’m fortunate enough to live in a multigenerational household, sharing residence with both my mother and my grandmother. My mother is Story’s primary caregiver, which removes the more stressful aspects of transporting her to and paying for a child care provider.
When I’m at home, I try to schedule my work responsibilities around her naptime and bedtime. In so doing, she gets to feel like she has a bit of my undivided attention.
What’s your best advice for fellow single working moms?
Last year, I founded Beyond Baby Mamas, an online advocacy and support community for single parents of color. Our latest social media campaign, #respectmymotherhood, provides positive affirmations that mothers can recite to themselves as a source of encouragement. Encouragement and community are imperative to successfully single parent. Often, working mothers do not receive enough of the former. Working to provide for our families is a necessity; we should be proud of our ability to do so. It’s a great example of self-sufficiency for our kids, and we shouldn’t feel guilty about it.
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