ok, so rant time…
I’m sick to death of being tarred with the “single mum” brush. Yes I am married, no my husband and I don’t live together. I’m not a single mum, but in the eyes of the law I am. I receive income support, child tax credits and child benefit. I am not a layabout, I don’t claim benefits because I “can’t afford” my children. Along with the benefits I receive, I also get carers allowance and I receive Disability Living Allowance for Cameron and soon to be Daniel. I am a full-time carer to my beautiful, special boys. Now for those who think it’s a mums job to care for their children, yes it is, but to those parents who have neurotypical (normal) children, you won’t be changing your childs bum at 6 years old will you? You won’t be celebrating your childs first word at 8 will you? I never asked for my children to be autistic, it was never “part of the plan”. Just because it was unexpected and changed my life forever, doesn’t mean I would change it for the world.
So next time you wanna write about single mums not wanting jobs, happy to stay on benefits and steal all your taxpayers money, think again. You never know whats round the corner and you never know what kind of hardships the people you’re judging actually face.