Being a parent is not easy. It is even more difficult when you have to bring up your child on your own. Of course, there are so many different reasons why you may be a single mum. Perhaps you and the baby’s father were never together? There are then those who have simply fallen out of love with the person they had a child with, as well as those who have tragically lost their partner. You may even still be with your partner, even though you know it is not right, and you are looking for some inspiration to give you the motivation to do things on your own. No matter the scenario, there are some women that can empower you as a single mum. Below, we take a look at some of the most inspirational famous single mums in further detail.
Sheryl Crow – The famous popstar is inspiring on many fronts. Not only did she beat breast cancer but she adopted her two sons after splitting up with her fiance Lance Armstrong. First adopting Wyatt in 2007, and then Levi in 2010. Just like you and I, she faces the difficulties that come with trying to work and raise children at the same time. However, she said every decision she makes is with her children in mind and informed by their presence in her life because “that’s what all moms do.”
January Jones – You may know January Jones from Mad Men. When she announced that she was expecting her first baby in April 2011, the media went rife trying to figure out who the father was. However, after the birth of her child, January spoke about the situation in a rare interview. She said she knew that she was going to be raising her son alone. She acknowledged that she accepted this and knew about it from the start, and so she prepared herself for it mentally, which made her excited for life as a single mum.
Katie Holmes – We have all heard about Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s relationship, from his declaration of love on Opera to the constant speculation about the impact of Scientology on their relationship breakdown. Sadly, Katie’s marriage resulted in a trip to a family law solicitors office, but she did not let her daughter Suri suffer. She spoke candidly about being a single mom, saying some days you feel good and some days you don’t but you do the best you can.
So there you have it: some of the world’s most famous and inspirational mums. There is no denying that being a single mum can be incredibly difficult. But it is also amazingly rewarding. It is important to remember that you are strong enough for anything! And, we all have our bad days, so don’t let them get you down. Just because the baby’s dad may not be in the picture does not mean you don’t have others to turn to. Rely on your family and friends – that is what they are there for.