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There's More Than One Way To Have a Family

There's More Than One Way To Have a Family

Some women never find Mr. Right, but why shouldn't they be able to bring home babies? The latest issue of Marie Claire magazine covers the subject in the aptly titled, article, And Baby Makes Two.

Broken into three stories, the must read showcases a new breed of single moms — women who created their own fairytale endings rather than accepting the traditional one that may have left them childless. To find out more about these women,

. One essay said:

"I thought to myself, I'm a mother. Not a single mother. Just a mother. The joy I felt was overwhelming, although when I looked at my baby's face, I wished desperately that my own mother, who'd died three months earlier, could have been there to see her.

Photographed by Gail Albert Halaban/Courtesy of Marie Claire

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amers230 amers230 8 years
i totally agree with susslw - nowhere in that article did anyone say that dad's aren't important. those stories were simply about women creating families under their own circumstances. people should be able to have a family if they want to regardless of their relationship status. i especially love in the adoption article where the woman says something to the effect of one parent is better than the no parents that child currently had.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 8 years
loveallstar, a spiteful mother can most certainly make it impossible for a father to be involved.
Moms Moms 8 years
These comments are interesting. I think this article has great insight into women and our ability to mother regardless of circumstance.
loveallstar loveallstar 8 years
I was raised by a single mother, my dad left when i was 8, I know him somewhat now but we don't have much of a relationship, My mom is my rock and I love her, I admire her sooo much.I can always come to her and she will do as much as she can for me. I have no complaints towards her about my dad's non involvement b/c that was a choice he made,no one can stop a father from being in his child's life but he himself. Im sure it wasn't easy for her but her girls are turning out well so now she gets to sit back and wait for grandkids,lol.
SussLW SussLW 8 years
This is a rather judgemental group today. I'm not saying fathers are unimportant or that men are unnecessary in the birth/parenting process. But perhaps all of you should actually read the articles. These are wonderful stories of women who are working very hard to have the family they've always wanted and are probably doing as good of a job raising their children as any parent, possibly better.
stina829 stina829 8 years
I agree, I think male role models are very important. I'm lucky enough to have male friends and family members who treat my son as if he were their own. My son is a very lucky boy! :)
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 8 years
I think it's important to have a male influence in a child's life. I didn't have that but it was somewhat of my mother's choosing. I never felt abandoned but now I wonder why my father didn't push a little harder to see me. Personally I would feel pretty desperate without help from my husband. I feel he helps balance out whatever inequities I have in raising our kids. Where I lack esteem, he has plenty, where I lack patience he seems to have more and where I can't explain science or technology he has all that covered. So it is just nice having a partner to pick up where the other is lacking. I don't know if that's a male or female issue, but maybe a partnership issue. If there are plenty of male role models that is a good thing.
blackjade blackjade 8 years
I don't think this is a "Men aren't good for much" issue. These are women who - whatever their circumstance, chose to or found themselves having a child/children without a husband. They're not asking anyone to feel sorry for them but they don't need to be looked down on either or told that they are somehow not doing right by their kids.
stina829 stina829 8 years
Ok, first off, I agree with the statements above. But at the same time, I'm a "single" mother. And honestly, I've never called myself that until right now. I'm just a mommy. His father moved out of our apartment when I was 7 months pregnant. My son is now 3 1/2 months old and his father has seen him maybe 5 times total. As much as that bothers me, I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure my son has the best life he can have. He's already spoiled rotten and my family has a TON of love to share with him. I firmly believe that my son's future is going to be Wonderful! I honestly hope his father comes around and decides to be a part of my son's life - if he doesn't, he's missing out on the greatest thing in the world!
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
I agree Lil. I think sometimes we put womens Lib in front of a childs needs.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 8 years
Dad's are good for more than just making money and helping with duties.
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