Grateful for my village

One of the hardest things about being a working mom is when your kid’s important events are scheduled during your work day. One of the hardest things about being a single mom is missing out on your kid’s events because your kid is at the other parent’s house.

Today is a place where both of those collide for me: it’s Halloween, and 1) my kid started the morning at her dad’s so I couldn’t see her costume all finished and put together, and 2) her class Halloween party is smack in the middle of the day — so I’d have to miss half a day of work to attend, which makes it totally impossible.

I’ve been feeling sad about all of that today, just really down and bummed and feeling so disconnected from my daughter. That is, I was feeling sad, until one of my mom-village friends texted me a picture of the school Halloween party. My kid! In the picture, she’s grinning, and her costume, which she and I dreamed up together, looks just as amazing as we imagined it would.

Immediately, my heart felt lighter, knowing my kid is happy and having fun and that she was able to bring our idea to life on her own.

This is just one more example of how important it is for moms and dads — working, single, stay-at-home, or married — for ALL parents to have that village, those supporters who have your back and who step in when you can’t be everywhere at once.

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