President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5166, which declared the 21st of March, 1984, as Single Parents’ Day. Since then, this date has been embraced across the United States, as well as many other countries around the world.
The International Vice President of Membership for Parents Without Partners, Mary Anne Britton, says that Single Parents’ Day is a day for “honoring the single parent who is basically doing double duty” and “giving them some respect.”
Being a single parent always requires strength and resilience, no matter the circumstances. But this year we’ve seen the entire single parent community tap reserves they didn’t know they had, with many working from home, parenting solo and home-schooling at the same time and many with decreased incomes through extended furlough – or even through having been laid off. Through all the ups and downs of the pandemic, single parents have continued to do the absolute best by their families – with reduced or no support network.
No matter what we write here, it will never come close to capturing how this experience has been for single parent families. And that’s why we want to hear your story in your voice! Click through below to #YearOfResilience – Your #SingleParentStrength story to share your story in your words and inspire other single parents
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