by Sheriza Bolton, a single mother of two and a full time worker. Find her on facebook
I have been a single mum for almost 10 years. It is difficult and challenging to be a parent today and it is even more difficult to raise children alone. We as parents are often overwhelmed and lacking the parenting skills necessary to do a good job. But good solid parenting has less to do with the number of parents in the home and more to do with the quality of parenting. Whether the single parent household is headed by a mother, father, or a grandparent, raising children alone is an enormous task. I decided that I would be the best I could be as a single mum and give my daughter “a rising star” in the modeling world and a soccer player in the making, a life they deserved. How do I describe this amazing feeling about my kids, especially my little girl who has brought so much joy to my heart as well as family, friends and our community?
My little daughter had flair for dancing and modelling at the age of 3. The camera loved her and vice versa. I decided to take a chance and said if this is what she wants, then let’s explore it to a professional level. She entered a competition called the Little Miss Fashion Icon, and won. What a big achievement for her at this tender age. She is now involved with a lot of community work and charity campaigns for orphanages and old age homes in our community. She is currently assisting with the winter warm up campaign for the Maren Mission Children’s Home. She has had the opportunity to see kids that are less fortunate then her; this has changed her mind about the world. She has now adopted one of the kids and we will be taking care of her by providing her with clothes, food etc every month. I am so proud of her.
I have learnt so much from Tazlyn, the sweetness and spice of little girls, patience and forgiveness as she stretches my tolerance with the sulky attitude of a 6 year old. Whatever she has chosen to become, I will still feel proud of her simply because she has the key to my heart forever .
A she grows a little day by day, I pray that God lights the path, to guide her on her way. What I want most for my daughter is that she be able to soar confidently in her own sky, whatever that may be.
This proves that single parents can raise good kids too!