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Ginger Rogers is remembered for remarking that she didn't know why people made such a fuss over Fred Astaire. After all, she did everything he did backwards and in high heels. I think that's an apt metaphor for single parenting.

Now that I'm a mom of two, I have no idea how my mom did it. She had my sister and me 13 months apart and raised us for seven years on her own on a secretary's salary. I feel like I'm barely treading water, and I have a gainfully-employed and supportive partner.

For everything she did for us, my mom is my damn hero. I have so much respect for her and all the single moms and dads navigating parenting on their own. I give you my love letter to solo parents.