Parenting is one of the most important and rewarding jobs you can have! Raising a child is hard enough, on its own, but throw in wanting to be successful in your career as well!
I grew up in a single-parent household! Not because my dad was not present, but he passed just before I started kindergarten. My mom raised my sister and I, alone. If she dated, I never knew. I never saw her miss a beat, I never saw her put anyone or anything before us. Not a job, a man, a hobby…anything! My mom was, and still is, a hairstylist! I can vividly remember waking up on Saturday mornings and hearing her blasting gospel music, and talking even louder to her clients. She did hair in our home, and often times, I’d go stand right beside her and just watch! It came to a point where I’d even start doing hair myself, and when my mom had surgery on her hands (she had carpal tunnel), I’d even take some of her clients on.
One thing that my mom enforced was a great education, for my sister and I! We went to public schools, but always attended the best schools, schools of choice! There were no free summers, in our household! Not one! We did camps, college prep programs, and whatever else she could find for us! I can remember my mom coming to my schools, and talking to my counselors about getting into special programs. Often times they’d tell her “You’re about a year too soon”, or “Wait until high school”, and she’d apply anyway! I was often times, involved in academics programs way before my time!