It was a simple challenge on a friend’s page:
“Single mothers, call your children’s father and share with them one thing you appreciate about him as a father.”
I chuckled, sensing this wasn’t going to end well.
I knew my friend had good intentions. Being a single dad of three boys himself, he simply wanted to spark a healthy conversation to try to boost the image of fathers.
The responses however were not good.
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: