Dear Single Moms In Baton Rouge…

Are you a single mom in Baton Rouge? Did you know that there is help if you are struggling? Don't wait until it's too late, take a minute and read this.

Dear Single Moms in Baton Rouge,

We are a little over a month into the new year, and reflecting on life seasons and growth is often helpful in motivating ourselves for what the year has to offer. I was a single mom for three years, and when I think back to my moments as a single mom, several words come to mind that describe me at that time: survivor, warrior, worrier, depleted, and lonely. I had the most wonderful gift in the world, my baby girl, but with the blessing came immense challenges.

Dear Single Moms In Baton Rouge...

At the time, I was the only single mother at the job that I worked, so my work ethic and performance had to rival those with much more resources, time, and emotional strength. When my daughter was sick, I had to figure out how to still be productive and keep my job, while caring for a baby who begged for my attention and needed her mommy. I ate dollar store food so I could give my daughter fresh food. I wore second-hand clothes so I could afford to get my daughter the things she needed. I allowed myself to cry alone in the closet at night so I could have the strength during the day to give my daughter the emotional support she needed.

But here’s the thing that I didn’t know: I didn’t have to be so lonely in my fight. There were people who wanted to be there to encourage, to straighten my crown, to lift my chin, and to show me how to fight for my family. For all the single moms in and near Baton Rouge, listen up – there’s hope!

The Life of a Single Mom is a Baton Rouge based organization whose mission is to see no single mom walk alone. And they do this by providing support and education to moms both locally and across the nation, focusing on 3 core areas: finances, parenting, and health & wellness.

How do they do this? With support groups, moms can join others who are experiencing similar struggles, all the while learning tools that aid in surviving day to day struggles. The support groups follow a faith-based curriculum that has been proven to strengthen single moms in their beliefs, values, and connections with like-minded moms.

Dear Single Moms In Baton Rouge...But support groups are just the beginning – moms in and around Baton Rouge have many more opportunities to engage with this organization. Moms can join Single Mom University, The Life of a Single Mom’s online education platform, offering 200+ classes in numerous topics like life skills, financial management, home ownership, dating, co-parenting, and navigating parenting seasons, just to name a few. Click here to learn more about SMU.

Moms can also attend events, both virtually and in person. They also have an annual national conference, where moms can gather and grow together. In addition, The Life of a Single Mom offers case management, providing life roadmaps and support that will have a forever impact on both moms and their children alike.

Dear Single Moms In Baton Rouge...The best way to overcome the loneliness of single motherhood is to surround yourself with positivity, make a life plan, and utilize resources that exist for the sole purpose of you succeeding and thriving. In Baton Rouge, we have an excellent organization at our fingertips. You are not alone, and you don’t have to walk this journey alone. You can do this!

Kimberly Wigglesworth
Kimberly is a wife, mom, friend, community leader, and full-time business executive. She’s a Baton Rouge native, third-generation LSU grad with an MPA, and a self-proclaimed champion of both mastering chaotic schedules and creating coocoo jingles (mostly about burps, butts, and farts) to laugh kids out of tantrums. She enjoys playing board games with her husband and friends, jamming to throwback songs from the 90s, hosting neighborhood game nights, and spending time with her family and two puppies. Coffee is her crutch and comedy is her prescribed medicine for life’s insanity.


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