Single Parents by Trauma

Survivors Raising Survivors

Welcome home, we're glad you found us!
This space is for solo parents who came into parenting in an unconventional way.
Our families, our children, and our lives are not defined by the events that brought us here but we share the experience of parenting while overcoming something.

We are survivors raising survivors.

Most of us and the children we parent have experienced pain, loss, or trauma related to our parenting and family relationships of one sort or another.

We are survivors of unplanned events that in some cases made us parents.

We are parents who have lived through something painful directly related to our very identity as parents.
We are parents who are raising children who have lived through trauma, lost their biological parents.
We are parents raising children with an antagonistic or neglectful co-parent.
We are parents raising children with a parent in prison or an institution.
We are parents raising children after a bitter divorce.
We are parents raising children after a tragic accident. 
We are parents raising children born to friends or siblings we have lost.
We are parents are raising our grandchildren for some reason or another. 
We are teens raising children.
We are parents who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, psychological abuse, financial abuse, earthquake, hurricane, or anything else on our way to becoming parents.
We are parents raising children who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, psychological abuse, financial abuse, earthquake, hurricane, or anything else on our way to becoming our family.

Most of us did not plan to parent alone.
Many of us were not prepared to parent alone.
We are parents flying by the seat of our pants doing our best to help our kids find rainbows where most people would see only rain. 

We remember a time when traditional white picket dreams felt possible.
We remember the day when we knew they were not.

Like most superheroes, our origin stories might bring people to tears.
Like most superheroes, we will not allow our lives to be defined by the events that gave of our powers.
We have survived.
We are surviving.
We are raising children who have survived.
We are raising children we hope to see thrive.

We are Survivors Raising Survivors.
If you are a survivor raising one or more survivors, you are home.
I am a survivor and on this Mother's Day I am thinking of you: mothers, fathers, grandparents, neighbors, siblings, friends, foster parents, legal guardians, unofficial guardians... all of us who stumbled into the gift of parenting through something, who alone fill the roles of parenting that are expected of two people.


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