Single parents have my admiration and respect.

Today, my son is sick. I am working night shift and so my husband is at home caring for him. He is doing that as well as being the taxi driver for our 14 year old, Emily, and the cook and whatever else comes up that needs to be taken care of. This definitely isn’t the first time my husband has been there by himself with our children when they were sick and I was at work. We have been married 21 years with 3 children that are 19, 14, and 10 years old. He will take off work tomorrow and take Andrew to the doctor so I can sleep. I have never had to worry about whether he would be there to help. He’s always been there helping with our children. I am more than blessed.

I remember a conversation I had 19 years ago with our now retired pediatrician, Dr. Fred Barnett. He told me something his mother had told him when he and his wife were expecting their first child. He said, “Being a parent is one of the greatest joys in our life and if done right, is one of the hardest.” His mother was a very wise woman and today I couldn’t agree with her more. Being a parent is hard. I can’t imagine what it would be like doing it on my own.

So this week’s blog post is a salute to all of the single parents out there who are doing it on their own and doing it well. I admire and respect each and every one of you.

This week’s action points are for all of us parents, but most importantly single parents. Find some time for yourself. Take care of yourself, love yourself, and be proud of what you are accomplishing with your children. You are AWESOME!!!

 

Thank you Meghan Trainor

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Meghan Trainor Photo courtesy www.thesun.co.uk

When was the last time you were told that it was ok to have some curves on your body? In our fashion crazed society where they tout the skinny stick figures as the idea woman, a new woman has emerged to challenge that persona.

There’s a new female singer on the horizon, Ms. Meghan Trainor, and her debut single, “All about that Bass” is at the top of the charts. Her song is #1 on billboard.com’s Top 100. So why am I sharing this with you? Because I wanted to thank Meghan Trainor in my post this week for what she is doing for the women, both young and old.

Her new song is about loving yourself, loving your body and loving all of your insecurities. It is promoting a positive body image. She says in her behind the scenes video that she feels that girls don’t love themselves as much as they really should. She shares in other interviews of how she struggled with self-esteem issues in her teenage years and she didn’t, until just recently, realize her own beauty.

Meghan also talks about making sure girls know how boys are supposed to treat them. Yes, a young man is supposed to take you on a date and treat you like a lady. This young woman is a breath of fresh air in our society. She is sharing her story and girls are taking notice. She is telling girls to be okay with who they are, no matter their shape or size and to love themselves.

Meghan said that when she was younger her misconceptions were all in her mind, so she is out there helping girls change those perceptions through her music. I wish Meghan all the success in the world and hope that her message touches many of our girls. I hope it touches us not so young girls as well.

Let’s follow Meghan’s lead and go out and be role models for our girls. Let’s teach them that our confidence and self-esteem can be changed through self-awareness and personal development.