I don't know how single mothers do it. Every time my husband mentions going out of town overnight I cringe. Tonight he will be staying out of town for work which means I am on single parent duty tonight. I have to run to the grocery store during lunch today to pick up the stuff for the potluck at work tomorrow. I have not gotten to the point where I feel comfortable getting in and out of a store with groceries and Bear by myself. I know, I'm a wuss.
My older sister is a single mother to 3 kids (2 toddler twins and a 7 year old) and I honestly do not know how she does it. She has a lot of help from family members that live nearby, but I can only imagine those days when she has to get up get 1 kid ready and dropped of to elementary school and two kids dropped off at daycare so she can drive to her school. I complain about my one kid getting sick at daycare. On any given week she can have 1-3 sick kids.
I have tremendous respect for single parents as I can barely handle one night on my own. I know I could do it long term if I had to but I am so glad I don't. Every time I think my husband isn't doing enough to help out I am reminded how much harder it is when he isn't here. All the bottles he washes, trash he takes out, laundry he folds, tag teaming with me on picking up Bear and taking him to doctors appointments. It really is a lot and I am grateful for his help and his partnership. We are a team and without him I am a little lost. He is a wonderful father and loves his son with such depth that it takes my breath away.