Not every woman goes into marriage expecting to raise their children on their own, even though they are married. This is what Carla Anne Corey means by the term married mom, solo parent. While some women go into marriage, knowing that their husband’s job will take them away from the home more than just a 9-5 job would. Some men’s jobs keep them on the road much of the time, others are in the military and are going for long deployments. Regardless of how they got to the point of being a married mom, solo parent, these women are so now. It is a role that is much different than being a married mom with both parents actively involved, and a single parent. Solo parents don’t fit in the same molds as other married couples or single parents. They face unique challenges and many churches don’t know how to help solo parents like they do single or married parents. This book covers the area of emotions, discipline, community, chores, and more.
I chose this book not because I’m married and a solo parent. In fact, the opposite is true. I am single and have no kids. However, i am a marriage counselor with Prepare-Enrich and I want to have an understanding of the married mom, solo parent and a resource to help them. But at the same time, this book challenged me in ways I didn’t expect it to. This book challenged me to look at how I was raised and how I want to raise my own children someday. It challenged me to put together a list of my own commitments, some of which I can start working on developing now.