While mom-shaming can occur around the standard issues of working versus staying at home, breast versus bottle feeding, and whether or not the mini carrots are organic, single-mom-shaming is an underreported and underdiscussed phenomenon that affects many women’s relationships with their families and communities, professional accomplishments, and even legal challenges.
The shaming usually comes in the form of comments—some are innocent but nonetheless offensive, while others feel downright demoralizing. The culprits can be married mom friends, immediate family members, close friends, colleagues, and religious communities all of whom tend to have very strong feelings about how a woman should raise her children. Here are some of the worst offenders I've experienced. In sharing this, my intention isn't to shame the shamers but rather to raise awareness around single-mom-shaming: