First Lady Michelle Obama recently made a slip up on a TV interview and called herself a “busy single mother”.
She quickly made the correction and said she only feels like a single mom sometimes! Her slip of the tongue has started a lot of noise around her choice of words.
The First Lady is not alone in feeling like a “married single mom.” I feel like this sometimes!
I have a husband who travels a ton for work and when he is gone, I feel like single mom. I am sure there are a lot of other mommies that feel like this too.
It is not uncommon for me to get my daughter dressed, fed and off to school in the mornings and then come home from an intense day at work and immediately go into dinner and bedtime routine without a moment to breath. Those days I fell like I’m in survival mode.
My daughter is notorious for acting out when he travels, so that takes a day or two to get under control. Once my daughter and I get into our routine daddy comes home and all heck breaks loose again because she want’s all his undivided attention.
There are single moms that feel like it’s insulting for married moms to think they know what it’s like to be a single mom. I actually know just the mom. I was talking to her [single mom] recently and was expressing how difficult my week was because my husband was traveling for work and how it is such a struggle to manage my full time job, preschool drop-offs, dance and soccer practice alone and then suddenly she said to me, “Well, I had three children to manage all alone for 10 years with no husband there….ever!” That sure shut me up fast!
Now, don’t get me wrong I truly believe being a single mom is extremely challenging and my hats off to all the single moms, but that shouldn’t discount the struggles a married mom has when often alone with her kids!
Michele Obama’s slip of the tongue may very much be an internal voice speaking how she felt and but I don’t blame her if she feels like a “married single mom” at times.
Married moms do have an emotional connection with their partner and some single moms may not have that in their lives. That may be the big difference from being a single mom vs married single mom. What do you think?