I love to read, and will use any excuse to do so. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I would read books on single parenthood. Here, I am offering up a list of books for the single mother.
- Single Mothers by Choice: A Guide for Single Women Who are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood by Jane Mattes C.S.W.
- The Single Mothers Survival Guide by Patrice Karst
- Raising Boys without Men: How Maverick Moms are Creating the Next Generation of Exceptional Men by Peggy F. Drexler and Linden Gross
- Single by Choice, Mothers by Choice: How Women are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family by Rosanna Hertz
- On Our Own: Unmarried Motherhood in America by Melissa Ludtke
- Holding Her Head High: Inspiration from 12 Single Mothers Who Championed Their Children and Changed History by Janine Turner
- Something Like Beautiful: One Single Mother’s Story by Asha Bandele
- Accidentally on Purpose: A One-Night Stand, My Unplanned Parenthood, And Loving the Best Mistake I Ever Made by Mary F. Pols
- Double Take: A Single Woman’s Journey to Motherhood by Kathryn Cole
- Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America – My Story by Michelle Kennedy
That is quite the list, and will provide you with a lot of reading time and advice on single motherhood.
P.S. If you know of any other books on the topic of single motherhood, please list them in the comments.
I have been having it pretty rough since summer but, especially over the last month or two, I have noticed a change in me. One that I am not happy with. It seems to me that I am in a full blown depression.
Now, I have always had bouts of depression. I can usually pick myself up and deal with them. However, this time I just can’t seem to do it. I just can’t seem to dig myself out of that hole. And, it is interfering with my every day life. This is not good.
I had a doctor appointment yesterday and spoke with Nicole about my concerns. I decided that I would go the medication route, at least for a while. She gave me a prescription for an anti depressant, and wants me to see her again in six weeks.
That led me to wonder: How many other single mothers are having issues with depression? When it gets so bad that you can’t lift yourself up anymore, what do you do? Are there natural remedies that work? If you have any answers to these questions, or tips in general, or even your own stories, please post them in the comments section below.
Maybe you don’t even know that you are severely depressed. I have certain symptoms that I cannot shake for the life of me:
- Severe stress
- Wanting to cry, always
- Feeling blue in general
- Easily annoy-able/agitated
- No patience
If you have these symptoms on a regular basis, you may want to talk to your doctor about your options. Our children deserve parents who are basically happy and who are not constantly biting their heads off (sort-a-speak).
Wishing you a Happy New Year!
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