Posts tagged with: single

Choosing Single Motherhood

More and more women seem to be choosing single motherhood. They may choose to concentrate on their education, or their careers, rather than on a relationship with a man. Maybe they haven’t had good relationships with men in the past. There are numerous reasons why a woman may choose single motherhood.
 
Here are a couple of websites for you to visit for more information:
 
Choice Moms: For women who are looking at being single mothers, and for those who already are. January’s theme is Building a Support Network.
 
 
Single Mothers by Choice: Support and Information.
 
 
I know that these links will be of help to you, and I have also linked to them in the sidebar.
Shannon

Books for the Single Mother

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.

Shannon

P.S. If you know of any other books on the topic of single motherhood, please list them in the comments.


Single Mothers and Depression

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
  • Testiness
  • 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!

Shannon

Other Articles of Interest:

Single Mothers and Depression Part 2: Two Weeks After Beginning Medication

Single Mothers and Depression Part 3: Happiness and Creativity

Single Mothers and Depression Part 4: Feeling Chipper Today

Single Mothers and Depression Part 5: Some People will Still Bring You Down

Single Mothers and Depression Part 6: Keeping Busy, Keeping Happy

Single Mothers and Depression Part 7: The Six Week Checkup