20 reasons we appreciate single parents
Children of single parents don’t have to play sports to learn the value of teamwork. With only one adult around, the kids learn early to help keep things running smoothly by pitching in and doing their share of the work.
We appreciate single moms who take their young sons into the women’s bathroom so they don’t have to go alone into the men’s—and single dads who do the same for their young daughters.
Macho no more
We like single dads who paint their daughters’ toenails and fix their daughters’ hair—and enjoy all such bonding experiences that bring them closer to their girls.
Video: Help with kids homework
We appreciate single moms who play catch or shoot hoops with their sons to help them hone their athletic skills.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
We appreciate single parents who learn to pick their battles and who understand the value of knowing when to enforce the rules and when to let things go.
Chivalry in action
Let’s hear it for solo moms and dads who teach their sons to treat women with respect, and who teach their daughters to expect it.
We appreciate solo moms who show their kids that women are perfectly capable of assembling furniture, fixing leaky faucets, installing garbage disposals and replacing smoke alarms.
What’s for dinner?
We value single fathers who show their kids that cooking, cleaning and doing laundry isn’t “women’s work.”
What would mom or dad do?
We appreciate single parents who teach their kids to be resourceful and solve problems on their own because, in life, there won’t always be someone else around to handle things for them.
Now is a good time
We think the world of single parents who are never too tired or too busy to read a bedtime story, help with a science project or listen to their kids talk about their day—even when they are.