Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Single Moms Balancing Act
SINGLE MOMS BALANCING ACT
BY Leora Jackson
Previously published by Leora Jackson May 10 2010
Memphis is perhaps the Single Mom Capital of the US. Primarily, this is due to the number of single mothers that are 18 and under. According to the Urban Child Institute of Memphis, 8, 617 single mothers gave birth in Shelby County in 2009. This statistic continues to increase as more and more children are born into poverty and the single mother epidemic continues to repeat itself, especially among the young and uneducated low income households.
A few single moms in the 9 to 5 workforce were asked about how they view their single mother status. Some stated that they wish they could network with other single moms in the area to discuss activities with their children, compare daycares, talk and share shopping secrets and dating. Some single mothers, whom are alone with no other family in the city, really feel the burden the hardest and must rely on church, friends and coworkers for a stress relief break.