Madge Madigan's Blog

http://www.madgemadigan.com

Fabulous and somewhat irritable. My kids are older, no spit up here. It's mostly sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll in my house. Minus the sex and drugs. Single Mom who's been through hell and back... with humor.

What's the biggest misconception people have about single parenting?

That we are all lowlifes that strip and are looking for a man to support us. lol Hey, I was married for 10 years, was a stay at home mom, and my ex just happened to go off the deep end with mental illness and disappeared. I'm all about the white picket fence but it didn't work out that way, so I deal with what I've got.

What's the most rewarding thing about being a single parent?

I do it all my way! Bwa hahahahaha! And it's been a never ending source of blogs and jokes!

What's the most important thing being a single parent has taught you?

Resilience, tenacity, patience, unflappability.

If you were giving a commencement speech, what's one piece of advice you'd give to young women who want to include motherhood in their futures?

Margaret Madigan

If you're a control freak, working mom might not be the best option for you unless you want to have a miserable spouse, kids, and well... self. Being an educated, career-minded woman is an amazing thing! Being a loving, caring mother is also an amazing thing. Be prepared to lose a little control though, if the twain shall meet. I don't mean to scare you, it's not a bad thing. You just definitely need to learn to roll with the punches and change on the fly. Bottom line... go with your gut. If you want to try to be a working mom, go for it. If you decide you want to be a stay at home mom, go for it. Don't shy away from staying at home because you think it will hurt your career, unless of course that is what's really important to you. I stayed at home and couldn't get a decent job for a while after I re-entered the workplace. Yea, that sucked but I eventually bounced back. However, I have three wonderfully smart children that I got to spend a lot of time with and mold into successful people. Life will unfold as it's intended, just keep your eyes, ears, and heart open along the way.
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