5 Ways to Celebrate National Singles Day Today

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Today is National Singles Day! A special holiday that acknowledges single people while promoting self-care and some awesome shopping deals. For the past week, Zulily contributors have been delivering thoughtful content for our Spotlight Series: Supporting Single Mothers Everywhere. We discussed motherhood, coping and pregnancy and today we’re closing the series with some celebratory ways to #treatyoself by bringing you five ways you celebrate your singledom today! 

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Your Options When You’re Single and Considering Having a Child on Your Own

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According to a Pew Research Center analysis, roughly one-third of all American children under age 18 live with an unmarried parent. Most of those single parent homes are headed by a mom. As women, we have lots of options for how to become a parent, even without a partner. While there are some disadvantages to having children on your own, there are advantages as well. For instance, when weighing the options, you can make decisions based on what you feel is right for you, without negotiating with a partner. Whatever choice is right for you, here are some options to consider when thinking about having a child on your own as a single mom by choice.

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Choosing Single Motherhood

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I was raised by a single mother, living in North Carolina with my older sister. Growing up in the 1990s, it was slowly becoming more common in my community to have divorced parents or blended families. The only women I heard about who had kids “out of wedlock” (as we called it back then in my town in North Carolina) were accidental pregnancies. It wasn’t until after college that I began to hear about women choosing to become mothers on their own.

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5 Questions To Ask Yourself If You’re Thinking Of Having A Baby Alone

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If you’re considering having a child on your own, you’re in good company! More and more women are opting to be a “single mom by choice,” also sometimes called a “choice mom.” What this term means is that you are a “single woman who decides to become a mother knowing, at least at the outset, that she will be the sole parent of her child.” There are wonderful communities of these single moms whose stories can help inspire you, caution you, or simply make you feel understood.

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4 Ways to Mentally Prepare Yourself for Pregnancy & Having a Baby as a Single Mom

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Much of the advice we get as single moms prior to pregnancy is focused on how to prepare ourselves physically for pregnancy. From prenatal vitamins to losing (or gaining) weight, there are countless resources for how to prepare your body for pregnancy. But we shouldn’t neglect preparing ourselves mentally for having a baby as well!

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Ways for Single Mothers to Cope After Divorce

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When two people get married, they enter into a lifelong commitment with the best of intentions, but sometimes things change, people change, circumstances change. The one thing that I’ve learned in the past few years, since finding myself becoming a single mom after divorce, is that what remains in my control is how I react to anything that comes my way. I believe that attitude really is everything when it comes to how to cope with being a single mom.

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Spotlight Series: Supporting Single Mothers Everywhere

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While COVID-19 has created whole new levels of fatigue for all, mothers around the world have taken on even more. In addition to being a driving force juggling the pandemic dynamics of the household – owning “time” whether it’s playtime, mealtime, school time, naptime, bedtime or anytime in between, there are a remarkable number of women who are also the primary or only breadwinners in 40% of U.S. households with kids under 18. And, in the U.S. today, there are nearly 13.6 million single moms raising over 21 million children.

So, with National Singles Day approaching, November 11, and Thanksgiving quick on its heels, we have such gratitude and celebrate all moms, and want to shine a light on others through a spotlight story series leading into National Singles Day recognizing, supporting and championing all that you do. We know it takes a village, and sometimes that village is a village of one. We see you, and we thank you for all that you do. And, we know others recognize just how much you do, according to a recent survey we fielded 81% of moms agree that being a single mom is tougher than working a 40-hour work week.

Visit us daily as we appreciate, celebrate and shine a light on the single moms in our community!