Hi Jane! The phrase “single” parent never sat quite right with me either. I think you’re right — it implies there is a counterpart out there to give you a break. Part of the stress of lone-parenting is that it feels like everything falls on your shoulders. I can’t play good-cop/bad-cop anymore — I’m just the cop. I’m trying to find balance and not be so hard on myself.

American expat in Germany, formerly conservative homeschool mom now navigating widowhood; runner, writer, Crossfitter, trying to figure **it out

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