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Adopt a Single Mother

by Migdalia Rivera

As a single mother, I have a special request of my readers. This Mother’s Day, I propose each, and every reader, Adopt a Single Mother.

The number of single mothers has grown tremendously. And with that growth comes the need for support.

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Why Adopt a Single Mother?

Today, almost one quarter of mothers are single mothers and the sole providers of their household.

With support, a single mother can do amazing things for herself, her children and her community! They can be financially secure, while also maintaining a home. They can raise educated children, while juggling a career and a family. They can be leaders, mentors, entrepreneurs. They can be… whatever they want to be!

And, it can start with YOU.

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I am a single mother who was adopted. Walter, my former colleague, became a father figure who taught me how to budget and invest. Wanda, another former colleague, showed me how to parent sons with love. Carlos taught me basic carpentry. Christina taught me to cook Latina style. Ingrid became my confidant. Ivette, Rufina, Rebeca became sisters. They all adopted me and my sons. We would not be who we are today without them.

Today I celebrate them. They paved a way for this single mother. They reassured, uplifted and babysat as I went to school. They watched my sons so I could get a break. They listened to business ideas and helped me start the Stiletto Media blogger network. They BELIEVED in me; as a result, I became what they saw – a Latina Blogger, speaker and entrepreneur.

Adopt a Single Mother. Give Her Wings to Soar!

Look around you. There are so many ways to offer support. Below I have listed a few options but I’m sure you can think of more!

  • Take a single mother out to dinner, a movie, or a gabfest without her children.
  • Call a single mother to say, “How are you?” and listen, really listen, to her response.
  • Babysit and give a single mother a break.
  • Take a single mother’s children shopping for Mom’s gift on Mother’s Day, her birthday and Christmas!
  • Offer to cook dinner.
  • Volunteer and donate to organizations that help single mothers and families.
  • Encourage her to learn a trade or further her education
  • Help her with her schoolwork.
  • Teach her a new skill.
  • Mentor a single mother.
  • Invest and seed a single Mother’s business.
  • And, always, always, offer a single mother encouragement.

Let’s talk! Would you adopt a single mother? How would you help her? Would you do one of the actions above or another? Let us know in a comment! Your answer is sure to inspire someone else!

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.

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1 Run DMT May 10, 2014 at 10:55 am

Thank you for sharing these tips to help a single parent. I honestly never gave a thought to how a small gesture could mean so much. Great post!
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2 Migdalia Rivera May 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

Run DMTI’m so glad this post showed you how to help a single mother! There are so many other ways to help that are not listed here, but it’s a start.
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3 Rebecca Aguilar May 10, 2014 at 11:07 am

Migdalia you rock! What a brilliant idea.

I have adopted single mothers in my life. Whether it was connecting their families to needed resources or just taking them out to a movie. Let’s give some happiness, hope and even a hug to some of these women who are overwhelmed doing it alone. We have to remind them they are NOT alone.

Thanks Migdalia for the reminder and the idea. Love it! I will share this blog with everyone!

4 Migdalia Rivera May 10, 2014 at 11:09 am

Rebecca Aguilar I am so glad you enjoyed the post and plan on sharing it. Together, we can change countless lives!

5 ConnieFoggles - Connie May 12, 2014 at 10:43 pm

I love this! This has been a dream of mine for a long time. I was a single mom for 10 years and know how difficult it is. I used to hold a single mother’s Mother’s Day even at my church the week before Mother’s Day. It was all about pampering them – lunch, gifts, goodie bags, etc. And we helped the kids make a Mother’s Day gift. It felt so good to see the moms smiling!
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6 Sybil Brun May 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm

This is fantastic, really speaks to my heart for single mothers – so glad I found it through SITS today! And yes, I absolutely have and would adopt a single mother! xo

7 Migdalia Rivera May 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Thank you @Sybil Burn for your comment and support of single mothers. Support is crucial for their success. It also ensures that their children have opportunities to excel as well.

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