Meet Natasha B. – an up and coming free-lance makeup artist from New York City.
I first met Natasha in a religion class we had to take for our undergraduate degree. Back then, our biggest concerns were figuring out what we would have for dinner, where we could find a good reggae party or how we could finance our next shopping spree.
Even in her early 20’s, Natasha has always had a strength and independence that I’ve admired. It is that same strength that helps her today as she faces life as a single mother.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Natasha to chat about her life today as a single mother.
Disclaimer: Out of respect for the individual, the name of my “reserve guy” has been changed for this article. All other details are true.
I have a type. My best friends know my type and for the most part I usually date guys that fit the mold of what I like…
Sean and I met when I was in high school. He’s one of the good guys – comes from a nice family, wasn’t into dating multiple girls at the same time – he was just nice. I always knew Sean had a thing for me but so did his friend.
Since the friend was more my type, he and I dated on and off for a few months.
Sean and I remained friendly even after his friend and I broke up. I eventually went off to college and started dating someone else. I never hid any of my dating life from Sean, neither would he hide his feelings towards me.
You’ve probably heard it before – “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” It’s a cute nursery rhyme we learn as kids, but as we grow up, we quickly learn words do hurt. They can even hurt more than sticks and stones.
Being a single mother often invites unsolicited comments and opinions from others.
While some comments may come from a genuine place, they can be internalized negatively by a single mother.
Of course every single mom’s reactions will be different, but generally speaking, here are seven things you should never say to a single mother: