There are many kids in the world who grow up with single parents. Although it takes two people to bring a child into this world, not all moms and dads stick around. Sometimes, it can make kids feel as though they are “missing something,” or have less than other kids who have two parents–especially as they get older.
Facebook user Whitney Kittrell shared a powerful post on her Facebook page about raising her son as a single mom.
Whitney told Facebook friends and strangers about the pain she felt when her son came home from school one day with a flyer for a “dads and doughnuts” outting the school was having. She asked her son if he wanted his grandpa to go with him, but he said: “no. I want you to go. You’re my mom and dad.” Whitney shared a photo of herself dressed up in what she calls “her best dad outfit,” with this caption:
When I became a single mom over 3 years ago I made a promise with myself that I would do anything I could, even if it meant going out of my comfort zone, to give my kids a “normal” life and the same experiences as other kids. We have accomplished a lot. Trips alone, teaching my son how to play catch, killing bugs with minimal screaming, countless memories, and a normal life. But when my kindergartener came home with a paper saying that they were having “dads and doughnuts” my heart kinda sank. I finally sat him down and asked if he wanted to ask his grandpa to go. He just smiled and said “no. I want you to go. You’re my mom and dad”. So this morning I gathered up my best dad outfit, painted on some facial hair, and went to breakfast with my sweet son. I was so embarrassed but I couldn’t help but smile when he introduced me to his little friends saying “this is my mom… she’s my dad too so I brought her!” I’ve tried my best to let them know they are loved but I wonder a lot if I’m actually succeeding at it. When I went to leave he ran after me and hugged me tight around my neck and whispered “mom… I know that you’ll always be there and do anything for me. Thank you. I love you” kissed my cheek and ran off. I hope he remembers this day cause I’ll never forget it or his sweet words. #singlemom #dadsanddoughnuts#myforever #lovewhatmatters
When I became a single mom over 3 years ago I made a promise with myself that I would do anything I could, even if it…
Posted by Whitney Kittrell on Wednesday, February 8, 2017
People on Facebook have been so moved by her post, that it’s been shared over 116,000 times. Complete strangers thanked Whitney for setting such an amazing example for her son.
That was beautiful and it sounds like you’re a loving caring mother I seen this at my granddaughter’s d Head Start for male figures one mother did the same thing and that was beautiful love it thanks for being the strong woman you are and keep it up you’re making a great son and making his life better showing him unconditional love
You are a True inspiration for single moms out there love the facial hair?
I’m a newly single mother and this hit home for me! The days are long between working and coming home to care for small babies and doing all the other chores that you have to do in order to keep a house working. I wonder all the time if I’m doing anything right. But when my babies run to me with big smiles on their faces when I pick them up I know I’m doing something right!
That was an amazing story. I guess the reason I loved it so much is because I’m a single dad an has custody of my daughter. I’ve always had to teach my daughter everything. She is my little tomboy for sure. She does everything with me, hunting ,fishing, camping, hiking, riding 4wheelers anything outdoors. Her mom very rarely sees her. But she came home one day from school an climbed in my truck an gave me the biggest hug an said daddy your the most special dad ever, I said why baby, she said because you get to be dad an mom an told me happy mother’s day an gave me a big ole hug an kiss on the cheek. So when they have any mommy an kids day at school you can bet I’m there. But you have me beat by dressing up as a man, I’ve never dressed up as a woman yet. That was a very sweet an clever thing you did… keep up the good work Ms. Whitney Kittrell