My younger brother and I were raised by our single mother. She worked two jobs to support us. Being alone while my mother worked, I used to daydream about my future. I wanted to be a cosmetologist, a teacher, be in fashion. I changed my mind so much. I wanted to go into interior decorating, or even start a clothing line.
I didn’t fully understand my mother’s stress until I was also a single mother. Being a single mother of four can be stressful, but it is also rewarding. Today, mom is my most important job and it is fulfilling all my dreams (though I am still working on that clothing line).
My biggest goal as a mom is to make sure my babies’ dreams come true. My son is in 7th grade, and I think he may go into sales or maybe sports. He’s thinking about his future. My oldest daughter is in 4th grade, and she’s my diva. She wants to be a teacher. My daughter in 1st grade wants to be a surgeon with a specialty, and while I don’t know what my 1-year-old will want to be, I can picture him in many careers.
But these careers are just dreams unless they get a good education. There are a lot of things that go into ensuring all our children get a good education, but as a parent, I think it starts with me and my involvement. And the more parents’ voices we have, the more likely we will be heard. Together, we can be the change.
Please join me in taking a stand for our children.