13 February 2012

Single Mums' Stories - My Own.

Anya Harris (47).
Hi to all new readers from Netmums Busting the Myths Single Mums Week.  Welcome to my blog.

Here I write, mainly as a mother, not necessarily as a single one - our issues are probably similar(!) - and with a wry outlook on life that a certain age can bring, i.e. the wrong side of forty.  Or is it the right side, really?

Anyway, I have been collecting stories from other (older) single mums in a wish to dispel the myth we're all teenagers, scroungers and immoral.  This series has been ground-breaking enough - without judgement for youngsters that end up in  free Council Accommodation (because I can include someone very close to home who had no other option temporarily herself) - that Netmums have decided to run their own themed week dedicated to all single parents.

My blog is still young and finding its way. It's self-deprecating look at having children later on, together with more ordinary occurrences and, more recently, the odd review (relevant to it) make it up.  Plus, there is the added joy of a gorgeous new boyfriend to write about, if we're not too old to actually use that expression, challenging the notion that I am a single mum at all!

However, the wonderful ladies who have told us why they are/were single, and the approaches they take/took towards the unexpected turns in their lives, add weight and homage to what we're about:  Check out Sarah (St Bloggie de Riviere) Hague, no longer single, living in France and many of us know the famous Annie (Mammasaurus) Spratt, who writes a shocker of a tale.  We can take comfort that she is happily married to Papasaurus now and, in addition to her eight children, has given birth to the amazing and incredible Love All Blogs, which grows every day in every conceivable direction - a true reflection of this inspiring woman.

We have Mel (HerMelness Speaks) Fargo and my Anonymous friend, both of whom were widowed and write surprisingly differently about their views and their individual circumstances.

Kairen (Confessions of a Single Mum) Varker is an old hand at this blogging malarchy and a leading light, plus the outrageous Katy (All Sweetness and Life) Horwood takes time off from her serial dating stories to tell us why she consciously became a Single Mum.

Ellen (In a Bun Dance ) Arnison gives us her tips, ever the consummate professional, as is Rosie Scribble who gives us an incredible insight into how narrow minded some people can be - even those with 'influence!'

My story - the shortened version is the one published on Netmums now.  However it's quite a different one telling itself here, evolving and moving on as I manage to.

There's a bit about my shitty Ex-Husband, followed by the first few diaries / columns I wrote in those early days [- if you have the stamina? -  1) It's Terrifying! 2) Eating Standing Up!] then the most exciting stuff starts with my lodger and whether this Landlady is a Tramp.

There's a bit about Romance, an addiction to Radio 2, plus plenty else, including a link to the Gingerbread Organization, an extremely longstanding, much respected Charity that helps Single Parents with advice, practical support and public campaigns.

If you're simple like me  you're not used to the blogging world, you can just scroll around and stay as long as you like.  Comments are always appreciated.

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10 comments:

  1. Excellent post and wonderful summary of this brilliant series! Read your story again on netmums!

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  2. Thank you Older Mum. Can't wait to meet you in June x

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  3. Looks like the week has got off to a great start on Netmums. Love this summary of your blog and potted account of the story so far. :)

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  4. Hi Sarah, Well you've been an integral part right from the outset - both as a supporter of my blog and of the Series. Thank you. x

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  5. I am not a single mum but I AM an older mum and what's more I am an older first time mum! I am almost 46 and the mother of a four year old. It can be challenging sometimes being a new(ish) mum in my forties but I am enjoying that challenge. For the most part! Just looking around at other older mum blogs and came across yours and thought I would say hi.

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  6. Hi to you too. I have dropped by your blog and tried to leave comment but your Twitter thing is in the way!

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  7. Single ( with BF) and older, with 2 children and V happy.
    Thanks for posting :-)

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  8. Hello Suburbia, Thanks for saying hello. I love your blog reading list and the stuff you do. Will check you out more asap!

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  9. love what you've done with your blog anya, I knew you had it in you - didn't i say (i love being right) its a great success and its all down to your hard work and perseverance. I especially enjoy reading your news about your love life since we sadly haven't managed to Skype each other yet!!! get your Skype SORTED woman, thats all i can say , oh and keep up the good work.

    abi xxx

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  10. love what you've done with your blog anya, I knew you had it in you - didn't i say (i love being right) its a great success and its all down to your hard work and perseverance. I especially enjoy reading your news about your love life since we sadly haven't managed to Skype each other yet!!! get your Skype SORTED woman, thats all i can say , oh and keep up the good work.

    abi xxx

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