Like the Brady Bunch, but not

June 5, 2013

I tend not to talk very much on the blog or indeed elsewhere about being a single parent, mainly because I feel like a bit of a fraud; Man of the House has always been a completely devoted dad, and very supportive to me, so I’ve never felt truly ‘alone’. And to be honest, I’ve just got on with it. But the reality is that from the age of two, No 1 Son has been raised in a single parent household.

Me and my sonMy mum took this picture when we were on holiday in San Francisco one summer a few years back – we’d just been to FAO Schwarz (sadly the San Francisco branch has now closed down, and just the New York one is left now), which is probably why No 1 Son was beaming from ear to ear as he clutches his bag of goodies. And as you can see, we were pretending to do the Brady Bunch movie thing of leaning different ways on the escalator. Except of course there were only the two of us, so it didn’t really work. Still, I love this photo. We may not be a nuclear family, but we are a happy one.

*This is my entry for The Gallery – the theme this week is ‘two’.

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  • MummaG June 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Love this photo, it is hard being a single mum but there re loses of hugs available just for you, from one single mummy to another x

  • Lous Lake Views June 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I think it’s way more important to be happy than traditional. Your smiley pic is great!

  • Fivegoblogging June 5, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I love the photo! Most if the week the mr is away so I feel like a single parent! Except I don’t get the benefit if every other weekend off 😀

  • Bigfashionista June 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    As of January this year I am a single parent to my three beautiful children. It’s scary, wonderful and terrifying at the same time. I wonder if I’m scarring them emotionally with what’s happening around them. But at the same time I’m trying to show them that I can do it, I may make mistakes along the way but I’m learning as I go.

    I HOPE that in the future they look back and they’re proud of what I did for them.

  • Jaime Oliver June 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I was a single parent for 10 years and it was the hardest yet most fantastic time in my life! fab shot x

  • Molly June 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Single parents ROCK! I can’t claim to be one any more but I was and I am proud of that time, it was actually very precious and special time in our lives.


  • Wendy Tomlinson June 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Lovely post. As a single mum too we do not have a traditional family set up either. We too are a happy family though.