About a couple of months ago I met young mothers from the YPA program who were my age and who loved and cared for their children but who also struggled just like me. I never thought I would get to know and love them as much as I do now. We have all seen each other at our highs and at our lows. Being able to share with them the good and the bad has allowed me to be more comfortable with them. At the beginning of the program I had just broken up with my sons father and I was feeling crappy. I was known to go back to him many times but these ladies indirectly made me feel worthy and they taught me to have self respect and to walk away from the very man who was still upset at the fact I had his child. Being part of this group helped me to love my decision of becoming a mother even if that meant no one else did. It took a couple of months for me to stand up to everyone and let them know that i loved my child regardless of our situation. I no longer felt bad for having a child or being a single mother.I learned to embrace and love the life i am living.
I have a group of powerful strong minded women who encourage me to stand up for my son and I. These women have also made me realize the meaning of true friends. Most of my friends dumped me after having a child but these ladies have shown so much love that I stopped caring for my old friends. I have enjoyed laughing with them and I’m glad i have people I can talk to all day about baby poop and little baby attitudes. I especially love when our kids get together because it reminds me that our kids are what brought us together in the first place. I will admit that I push all of them away at times but deep down I care so much for these women who have given me so much hope that I never got from everyone. They are my support system and I honestly don’t know where I would be mentally and emotionally if it wasn’t for them.