I recently had a conversation with a friend about the challenges of being single, and it made me realize just how isolating singlehood can be. When you’re on your own, all the decision-making and the burden of sustaining your life falls solely on your shoulders, which can be emotionally and financially draining. I am not a mother, but I am a single Black woman, and I am all too aware that the systems we navigate are not designed for us to thrive. Our lived experiences can be incredibly difficult, testing our resilience, fortitude, and adaptability. Being a single Black mom requires tapping into these attributes tenfold.
I have witnessed firsthand the systemic and societal hurdles that single moms face every day, and these barriers to sustainability are not just anecdotal. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 51% of Black families led by single mothers live in poverty, compared to 28% of white single-mother households. This income inequality severely limits their children’s access to quality education, healthcare, and safe neighborhoods. Additionally, single Black mothers often lack access to family support, affordable childcare, and flexible work arrangements.
Moreover, single Black mothers have to contend with negative stereotypes like the “welfare queen,” which perpetuate racial biases. These stereotypes make interactions with teachers, healthcare professionals, and others difficult, as Black single mothers are often forced to prove their worth.
The intersection of single motherhood and racial discrimination takes a toll on one’s mental health. Studies indicate that Black single mothers experience higher levels of psychological distress compared to their counterparts. Coping with stress, juggling multiple responsibilities, combating racial microaggressions, and dealing with loneliness and isolation can be emotionally challenging.
Therefore, this Mother’s Day, I want to specifically affirm and uplift single Black moms. As May is also a time to raise awareness about mental health disorders, I want to remind single Black moms that taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional well-being is crucial. Reframe your thinking and release the guilt that prioritizing yourself is selfish. In order to hold space for your children, you must first hold space for yourself and take care of your well-being.
Here are some affirmations to empower single Black mothers to prioritize themselves while thriving as resilient providers and nurturers for their families.
Happy Mother’s Day!
I am capable of creating a happy and fulfilling life for myself and my children, and I will work towards that goal every day.
I am deserving of love and happiness, and I will make time for self-care and self-love.
By acknowledging that I am doing my best with the resources available to me, I can liberate myself from the stronghold of guilt that stems from feeling inadequate or not doing enough.
I trust in my ability to make the right decisions for myself and my family.
I am strong and resilient, and I will overcome any obstacles that come my way.
I am not defined by my past, and I can move forward with confidence and strength.
I am grateful for the support and resources available to me, and I will reach out for help when I need it
I am creating a loving and nurturing home for my children to grow up in, and that is something to be proud of.