Our story is important because the stories of
single parent families are important.
We met Alycia at a Single Moms Christmas Dinner several years ago. It's been great to get to know her and her children. We know you will find her story as encouraging as we do.
Alycia will tell you she has a "colorful story". She is a single mom to six wonderful children, ages 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, and 21.
Her oldest son was born when she was 21. It was then she decided, "whether I was ready or not, I was going to do what I needed to do to be the best mom I could."
A few years later she got married, but after seven years of marriage and four children, she and her husband divorced.
Soon after that Alycia adopted her 2 year old biological nephew and became a mother to six children.
The biggest challenge she faces is being able to give each of her children the attention they deserve. Alycia stays extremely involved in her children's education, volunteering and working within the school district. She says that staying actively engage in your children's lives is key to developing good relationships with them.
Though it has been colorful and challenging, Alycia feels blessed. She receives many compliments regarding her kids and revels in all of them. "Just thinking about my children and how far we've come brings me great joy."
Being active in her children's education helped uncover her passion, working with youth. Recently, Alycia completed an AS Degree in Human Services and wants to open a youth and resource center.
Her advice to other single parents is to stay encouraged. She says, "Things may look difficult now, but trust God in all circumstances and he will see you though."
She also says to not be too hard on yourself or your children, do your best to model unconditional love, and when faced with the decision to do chores or to spend time with your kids, to choose quality time. The household work will always be there. "...don't forget to laugh, and remember to take time for you."
Thank you for sharing, Alycia.
We are inspired by you!