Whether you think Mother's Day is just another consumer holiday created by Hallmark or you truly look forward to it, most moms would agree that it's nice to have a day dedicated to just you. But when you're a single mom, the day can feel a little different. There are some great gifts to give a mom, but there are things single moms really want for Mother's Day that other parents may not understand.
Not that being a single mom is superior to being a mom parenting with a partner, but it's definitely harder, and it's so much more than just needing an extra pair of hands to deal with baths and bedtime routines and cleaning up after dinner. It's an indescribable feeling of loneliness paired with an overwhelming amount of stress. You're constantly fighting an inner struggle of being there for your kids and wanting a break, of wishing someone would help you out and feeling guilty about not being able to do it all. Like all types of motherhood, it's an overwhelming contradiction, but being a single mother just makes it harder to bear. There's no one to turn to at the end of the day and marvel at your little ones or ask for help with the dishes or help you feel less like a robot and more of a human. There is only you and your kids. And while that's a beautiful thing, I think all moms can agree that there is more to life than just motherhood.
So for the single moms on Mother's Day, here are 13 things they really want, like offering to carpool their kids to soccer so they can take a luxurious 15 minute shower already.