Single Mom Slice Of Life: We Must Change In Order To Grow
Our tiny family of three has had our fair share of growing pains throughout the years.
Ten years ago, we learned how to be a single parent family, how to miraculously stretch an almost non-existent budget, and how to become a transplant in a new state without knowing anything other than it was the right thing to do for my kids. With those changes came the self-taught lessons on how to raise two boys, how to provide for my family, and how to… well… survive.
The boys have learned how to endure life with me as a mom. All in all, I’d say it was a pretty equal exchange of learning experiences – they’ll tell you though that they had the harder task. Sadly, they’d probably be right.
Here are 5 quotes that have helped me over the years . . .
1. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer
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Hate, I was raised to understand, is a strong word, one that should never be used. Yet, I really do just hate change. My boys are not really fans of change either. It’s possible (just maybe a little bit) that like their love of disco, fascination with new age woo-woo stuffs, or an uncanny attraction to the art of sarcasm – their dislike of change might have been influenced by my own. Yet, as I reflect on times gone by, it is impossible to ignore the fact that change has become a commonplace word, feeling, and way of life for us. For the first time last year, both boys went to separate schools, with different schedules, and new individual identities outside of brothers. Over the summer, Dominic’s voice changed, Justin’s belief in all things fictional and fictitious was altered, and I adjusted to living life comfortably albeit awkwardly without them over the summer.
Wendy Syler Woodward has been a single parent since 2002, with two boys ages 17 and 22. Originally from southern California, Wendy moved her family to Phoenix where she manages a law firm for work, writes for fun, and has returned to college for her B.A. Follow her on Twitter @WendySyler.