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Hi. I live in New York City. I have an 8 year old daughter, her father/my husband left us 3 years ago and I have been involved in court battle to get him to pay support ever since. He left us a few hours after my father died, I was incapacitated (couldn't walk due to foot surgery) and I had been diagnosed with a chronic disease. He wiped us out financially...unbeknownst to me at the time. I have managed to get through the last 3 years with my mind and body intact but I'm concerned that I am failing as a mother. I feel increasingly short tempered with my spirited daughter (who seems to challenge everything I ask her to do). I am alone in the city with no parental or family support (all deceased) and my friends are mainly married with their own families to consider. I joined this group tonight because I'm feeling overwhelmed and even though he's abandoned her to live in another state, I even considered calling my ex to come get our daughter. I feel like just running away completely. I'm crying as I write this because there is nothing in this world that is more important to me than being her mom and I'm certain I would regret such a decision for the rest of my life. She's been grieving over the loss of her father and it would crush her if I left too. Money is very tight because he forced me to go into a very expensive legal battle (for custody and support). He refused to pay the court ordered support for the last 3 years. I feel so ungrateful because I have this amazing blessing of a daughter and feel like I am messing her up by yelling and being so impatient. How do you other single moms do this every day for years (with possibly even less resources than me)? Any advice is appreciated.
I am Kathleen I am 43 today, happy birthday to me. i have a daughter who will be 5 on the 8th. I live in New Hampshire, I am completely on my own with my daughter her father is not involved in her life at all, he hasnt seen or spoken to her in 4 years. I am trying to find other single moms in the massachusetts/newhampshire area to connect with and possibly set up a support group with, to have play dates, and do stuff together with the kids.
I have found it difficult to find other moms, who want to hang out and or do child activities.
by kcmom2336January 30 at 4:08 PM
I'm recently single due to my dh's passing. I'm don't feel like a single "mom" since my kids are both in college and out of the house, but hopefully I can still relate to those of you with kids still at home.