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Solo Mom: Out of the mouths of babes

Posted September 20, 2011

Stacy Lamb, organizer of Single Parents of the Triangle

One of the beautiful things about young kids is they are completely honest. They see nothing wrong with speaking their mind – or maybe that’s just my kids, taking after their mother.

My second child was almost named Dunkin, because my daughter told me, when pregnant, that my belly “looked like a giant doughnut.”

I didn’t argue with her, but I did make it a point to not only get back in shape post baby, but make sure she saw me doing it. She knows it takes exercise and a healthy diet, and now she calls me Supermom – not just because I do my best to prioritize my kids AND balance my life, but also “because you’ve got muscles, Mommy!”

I have a Superman T-shirt, which she thinks is pretty neat, but this morning she told me that all single moms should have a Superman shirt. Again, I didn’t argue with her – she’s a smart kid.

My son is barely two, and only just starting to create sentences. His favorite thing to say is “I do that!” which is his version of “Look what I just did.” He will point at anything he is proud of and announce this to whoever will listen. Of course this also means he will rat himself out because he’s somehow proud of himself for throwing his spaghetti at the dog or knocking something off a shelf.

Nonetheless, it’s nice to see him proud of his accomplishments, however messy they might be. Maybe the kids need Superman T-shirts too.

Stacy Lamb of Apex is the divorced mom of two. She also is organizer for Single Parents of the Triangle. Find her here monthly on Wednesday.

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  • catmb11 Sep 22, 2011

    Very inspiring, as always.

  • Solo Mom Sep 22, 2011

    I let my daughter read this post on WRAL and she was so excited to see that people can comment. She wanted to add her own comment...Figuring she's a little young to have her own account I had her handwrite it and promised I'd add it for her. (She's 6...the spelling is all hers, ha ha)

    I think your storys are asome because they are about single moms. It always makes me happy to hear your storys. I like that you post stuff about us. I hope all your other storys are like it. I love you.

  • snowl Sep 20, 2011

    My daughter got me a refrigerator magnet of J. Howard Miller's "We Can Do It!", commonly referred to as Rosie the Riveter. I have always taken the "can do" approach to most things and she apparently noticed....:)