In Celebration of Single Mothers

by Migdalia Rivera

This Mother’s Day, Latina On a Mission and want to celebrate the unsung heroes in a multitude of households: single Mothers.

According to the census, there are over 10 million single moms with children under 18. They are driven and successful. They work. They nurture. They do. All. The. Time.

Today we want to recognize three very special single Moms. These women were nominated by friends and family during Latina On a Mission’s Twitter and Facebook call to action. They are madres solteras and they are inspirational!

Today we celebrate you, and all other single mothers, for what you do!

  • “I’m parenting on purpose”

    Six years ago, at the age of 19, Alexandra Vanegas gave birth to a daughter. Soon after, she became a single parent and it propelled her to do more with her life!

    Alexandra has striven to parent by example. She obtained her degree, was recently featured in JET magazine as a Mom blogger to follow, and organized a fundraiser to help an impoverished library in Zimbabwe! According to Alexandra, she is “parenting on purpose…to ensure that I am doing all that I can to nurture my daughter not only in my love but also in experiences.”

    In celebration of all you do Alexandra, we want to send you a gift basket with products from TRESemmé and Suave Professionals, courtesy of Suave Professionals (estimated retail value $50)!

  • "Don't give up!"

    Christine Garcia may be battling stage II breast cancer but that doesn’t stop her from being the best Mom possible to her handsome son, EJ.

    Like many single parents, she has challenges, including lack of financial support and the absence of her son’s father. She is also currently undergoing chemo treatment. Yet, this does not diminish the joys of being a single parent to her son EJ. He is her greatest joy!

    Her advice to other single moms, “Don't give up! Nothing in this world comes easy to us. Take it one day at a time. Always walk with your head held high and never let anyone bring you down.”

    To honor Christine on Mother’s Day, Vivemejor will send Christine a Dove and Dove Clear Tone gift basket, with an estimated retail value of $50. Because we agree, life is too short to sweat the small stuff!

  • "Reach out to other single parents”

    Amelia Sanchez is a single mother of two daughters, ages 20 and 16.

    It was not an easy journey. Her oldest suffers from bipolar and depression, while her youngest has severe fatigue syndrome. Yet, Amelia knew these conditions did not define them, just as being a single mother did not define her. And she proved it.

    While working a full time job, Amelia started baking for others and now has a strong, dedicated clientele that has grown progressively via word of mouth. As for her daughters, the oldest is in college and the youngest is on the Honor Roll.

    Her greatest advice to single moms, “Reach out to other single parents for support. Their support will be invaluable."

    For never giving up and being an inspiration to her daughters and others, wants to send Amelia a gift basket with products from TRESemmé and Suave Professionals (estimated retail value $50)
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About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bicultural Mama May 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

2 Lisa May 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Beautiful tribute!
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3 Angela May 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I am saluting all the single mothers in the world for being brave enough to fight for their children. Thank you very much for sharing this post. I hope that this Mother’s day has made a lot of people realize about the moms out there who are willing to risk their lives alone just for the sake of their children. So, what’s the next project here on latina on a mission?

4 Ruby DW May 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I loved it! How awesome! I hope all the moms had an amazing day!
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5 Alexandra May 17, 2012 at 9:10 pm

GREAT post!! Happy Mother’s Day!!
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6 Annie May 18, 2012 at 4:00 am

Happy happy Mother’s Day to everyone! I just hope you all feel special in terms of celebrating Mother’s Day.. God bless you always!

7 Roxanne Martinez May 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

Loved the single mothers tribute! Thank you for sharing the message.

8 Amelia May 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Its an honor to be an inspiration to single moms especially when I think no one is watching. I am able to be the best mom I can be because of the people around me. Migdalia, thank you for being my inspiration.

I have just received my basket and was overwhelmed with gratitude (I hadn’t remembered it was coming). Thank you to the Vive mejor team!

9 Carolyn g May 24, 2012 at 7:27 am

Great post. People forget how hard it is to be a single mom. I have friends who are and they have it hard.

10 Eliana Tardio May 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I love it, being a single mother is not easy, single mothers put so much passion, work and dedication in this job and I really admire my own mother who got divorced when we were really young (brother and me) and invested all her faith in us. :)

11 Teresa Garza May 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I love your post. It is true. It is not easy.. Pero quien dijo que las cosas eran fáciles….. But we can do it… We are strong woman….
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12 Jeannette May 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Thanks so much for recognizing single moms. Being a parent is hard work, but when you are a single mom, the responsibilities pile on. I have so many friends going through this. I hope Christine had a joyful Mother’s Day thanks to the gift Dove and Vive Mejor sent her. And I will be praying for her health.
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13 Maegan la Mala May 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm

From one single mami to another – un abrazo and it was wonderful to meet you
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14 Jai May 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Great post, glad that Vive Mejor partnered with you to help out single moms. It’s a great cause!
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15 Jessie Nuez May 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm

As someone raised by a single mother I know first hand how much she sacrificed for my brother and I.

Great post – great cause
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16 Uchi May 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Great post! I loved it! being a parent is so hard..I am really proud of you and all single mothers..

17 Helena May 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Thank you for recognizing single mothers! I don’t know how they do it – I admire them deeply. It was a pleasure meeting you. Un abrazote.
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18 Dania May 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

I loved this post and the recognition to single moms. The women featured here are pretty amazing and they deserve the shout out. I was inspire by Vanessa’s concept of “parenting on purpose” that’s a great way of approaching motherhood and in her case being a young mother and taking responsibility in such an empowering way is truly inspiring. I hope she enjoyed the gift from ViveMejor and that all three of them (and yourself!) had an awesome Mother’s Day!

19 Viviana Hurtado/The Wise Latina Club May 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Mothers are our unsung heroes for their endless love and sacrifice. Single mamis take this to the umpth power. What’s so special is that these women are doing the only thing they know how to do, keep on keepin’ on because their children need them to. Thanks to you and ViveMejor for saluting Christine, Amelia, and Alexandra and in doing so, highlighting their daily acts of courage so we can salute them.

20 Laurita May 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm

What an amazing, inspiring post! I know too many fabulous single moms, it would be impossible to think of just one. They are each an example of selflessness and resilience. :)

21 Melanie Edwards - & Ella Media May 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I’ve always admired single moms and have always said it’s amazing how you do everything without constant in-home support. Christine is even more amazing for undergoing a battle with cancer. How wonderful of Vive Mejor to sponsor this and bring more awareness to single moms!
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22 Justice Jonesie May 29, 2012 at 12:42 am

Beautiful tribute to single mamas out there. Great initiative for Vive Mejor!

23 Dariela May 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Great to see the single moms recognized. My mom is a single mom and I don’t know how she did it all!! I admire her so much!

24 Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá May 30, 2012 at 8:54 am

Me quito el sombrero antes estas hermosas mujeres! Motherhood is the most rewarding thing that can happen to anyone and yet is the most difficult and challenging. I love the recognition you’ve given them and I’m sure it’s going to put a smile on their faces just knowing we all appreciate them and think they all ROCK!
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25 Lynn Ponder June 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Que bonita historia! Single Mom’s are strong and determined women in deed and an example to follow! The recognition post is a beautiful way to create exposure and awareness. Bravo Migdalia y que Dios te bendiga amiga!

26 Lisa ~ AutismWonderland June 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Thank you Viva Mejor for featuring such powerful women! I have so much admiration for the single mother – they are some of the most amazing women I know. Two really come to mind – Lucy & Rosa. They are raising great kids while working a full time job with little help from their former partners.
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27 Chantilly Patiño (@biculturalmom) June 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

This is awesome Migdalia! Thank you for sharing these women’s stories with us and a special thanks to Viva Mejor for giving something back to these moms! Hopefully you can do more and more of these great projects to shed light on all of the amazing moms who are out there doing what they do. Awesome work!! ;)
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28 Denisse June 4, 2012 at 1:07 am

I admire single mothers. In fact, my mother’s day post at Blogs de Mamás was dedicated to them. :)

¡Espero que tu día de las Madres haya sido maravilloso!
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29 liz June 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

You are such an inspiration, Amiga.
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30 Brenda/Mejorando mi Hogar June 8, 2012 at 1:59 am

Bien por las Madres Solteras! Single Moms are really Special! tambien me quito el sombrero!
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31 Ruby DW June 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

So proud of you for all you do for Single Moms Vive Mejor what a great thing you are doing by showcasing these women I can’t think of a more amazing single mother than you Migdalia you should feel so proud of raising your kids especially to have one going off to college on a full ride AMAZING! bravo!
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32 Carina June 13, 2012 at 2:34 am

I totally loved it. So inspirational! I hope all mothers had an amazing day.
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33 Patricia June 19, 2012 at 9:15 am

Single moms inspire me, especially when they are doing good for themselves and their family. If you ask me they are truly hero’s in my book.

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