It is my personal opinion (also known as the right opinion) that single moms are some of the most hardworking and resilient people on the planet. Perhaps even the universe.
(And now I’m imagining single mom aliens rushing their extra-terrestrial offspring to school while talking to their editor about an extension for an article they’re writing because their pet star ate the first draft. Just me? Never mind. Let’s continue, shall we?)
Here’s a quick glimpse into the single mom life. You’ll notice a few themes:
Continuously juggling parenting, finances, laundry, kids’ homework, meal prep, household chores, the day job.
Endlessly managing emotions, including guilt, pride, disappointment, guilt, and, of course, guilt. Oh wait! I mentioned guilt. Well, there’s a lot of guilt. (If you want to read more on the topic, here’s an excerpt from my book, SUPERWOMAN.)
Incessantly questioning past choices, decisions about the future, and what to make for dinner.
No wonder we suffer from chronic overwhelmnisitis!
And despite (or maybe IN SPITE OF) all the challenges, there are a lot of dad jokes. That’s right. Single moms can tell dad jokes like a boss! (Keep reading. I share a few at the end of this post.)
For as long as I can remember, single mothers have been reduced to nothing more than a statistic. But the truth is single moms are so much more than a household status. You know it and I know it.
Single moms are strong, independent, and capable of achieving anything that we set our minds to. ESPECIALLY when it comes to telling dad jokes. Why? Isn’t it obvious? A sense of humour is one of our superpowers!
And since there are so many of us (according to statistics *insert eyeroll*), it’s time we come together. To support each other. To share stories of encouragement. To take over the world. Kidding. (Maybe.)
Consider this your personal invitation to join the Single Moms with Moxie Facebook Group, a safe place to vent, share, and inspire.
Meanwhile, as promised, a few dad jokes to share with your kids.
Why did the tomato turn red?
Because it saw the salad dressing.
What did one hat say to the other?
You stay here. I’ll go on ahead.
And my personal fave:
What did the janitor say when they jumped out of the closet?
Mona Andrei is an award-winning humor blogger, columnist, and author. In her most recent book, SUPERWOMAN: A Funny and Reflective Look at Single Motherhood, she shares her challenges and triumphs as a single mother as well as stories from other single mothers.
Mona is also the host of the Single Moms with Moxie podcast.
When Mona isn’t writing or elevating other single mothers, you can probably find her dancing. As a member of a competitive hip-hop team, she likes to think that she’ll stay young and cool forever. She may be delusional.