When you're a single parent, you constantly have to go above and beyond to ensure that your children don't miss out on anything due to not having a second parent around. Many can contest, however, doing this is much harder than you'd imagine.
Whitney Kittrell is a Utah resident that became a single mom three years ago, she committed to do anything and everything possible to ensure that her kids would have a 'normal' life, which has been going as planned so far. "Trips alone, teaching my son how to play catch, killing bugs with minimal screaming, countless memories, and a normal life," she wrote in a post to Facebook.
One afternoon, after her son returned from his Arrowhead Elementary School kindergarten class for the day, he handed her a paper that made her heart sink. It was a flyer the school sent home with students for a 'dads and doughnuts' breakfast.
She eventually sat him down and asked him if he wanted to go with his grandfather, but, "He just smiled and said, "No. I want you to go. You're my mom and dad."
It was then that she came up with a plan.
"I gathered up my best dad outfit, painted on some facial hair, and went to breakfast with my sweet son. I was so embarrassed but I couldn't help but smile when he introduced me to his little friends saying "this is my mom... she's my dad too so I brought her!"
This isn't the first time a mom had to dress up as dad to ensure their kids weren't excluded from a school event. Kittrel mentioned that she wasn't sure if she was succeeding at letting her children know that they are loved.
When I went to leave he ran after me and hugged me tight around my neck and whispered "mom... I know that you'll always be there and do anything for me. Thank you. I love you" kissed my cheek and ran off. I hope he remembers this day cause I'll never forget it or his sweet words
It isn't easy being a single parent, but here's one example of someone who has embraced the challenge and thrives.