There are plenty of things I love hearing. These include, “My husband was away on business for a few days and it made me think of how you pull it all off.” And: “You’re such an awesome mom.” Also: “You’re the most amazing woman I’ve ever known and I want to make sweet love to you all night long.”
I can go for these missives any time.
Some other comments, not so much.
Here’s a list of 13 things you should never utter to a woman who is a mother and does not have a partner:
- My friend’s husband took a job in Namibia for six months, leaving her alone to manage two little kids and her job. Six months! Can you believe that?!
- Did you try marriage counseling?
- It must be so hard to to meet men.
- The kids must really miss their father.
- He left when you were pregnant? What a dick.
- My husband is away for the weekend. We should hang out and do the single mom thing together!
- My wife and kids are away for the weekend. Want to get a drink?
- I hired a babysitter for the hours that Jackson is home from preschool and before Mike comes home from work. I just can’t handle both kids at the same time by myself! Know what I mean?
- Do you get child support?
- How do you make ends meet?
- I’m thinking of going back to work — something fun that would give me a break from the kids. Know what I mean?
- Mike stays with the kids while I go for a jog at 7 p.m. Want to join me?
- A single mom? How sad!
Are you a single mom? What’s the worst thing anyone’s said to you? Share your horror stories in the comments.
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