BEIRUT: Although Lebanese women are considered to have more rights and freedom compared to women elsewhere in the Arab world, being a single mother in Lebanon remains a social and cultural nightmare to many.
While a single mom might feel overwhelmed and unsupported, she keeps on working to create the best base for her kids and to make them feel safe and loved.
A working single mom covers the financial situation that might or might not be enough for her kids. Having a full time job from one side and taking care of children on a full time basis as well, drains her physically. And having to play a double role of parenting is not as easy as it sounds.
“Unfortunately, I think single moms are still marginalized in Lebanon in a time where they should be fully respected and understood,” Khouloud Daher, a single mother of two boys, told Annahar. “A single mom has to struggle daily to provide twice the love, twice the care, and twice the support.”
Moms usually hide their feelings and their emotional breakdowns in front of their children. However, it’s very difficult to do so when she is missing a partner to support her. Her kids would be then her only support and that had strengthened the relationship of a lot of single moms with their children.
“I’m a working mom of course because I need to provide the needs of my 5-year-old son. But, the relationship we share is just indescribable, it’s perfect. We hang out almost all the time, we play together and study together,” said Rayane, another single mom.
Despite the different lifestyles every single mom has, there is one thing they hold in common: the responsibility they show towards this situation.
“I would rather walk away from what has been bad for me, be alone, and raise my children alone,” shared Hanane Droubi with Annahar.
Droubi, has been a single mom for almost 24 years now. She had carried the responsibility of her children ever since they were little. And not a single time has she regretted her decision.
She enjoyed the parenting. She enjoyed the bonding. And she definitely enjoyed seeing her two children grow, despite all the difficult things they had been through.
“I had to make decisions for all three people in the family, I had to be a mom and a dad at the same time. I had to be strong and tough sometimes, sweet and sensitive some other times,” she said. “This whole experience had taught me how to handle things better and the result I have now is just so satisfying.”
Being a single mother in Lebanon remains a social and cultural nightmare. However, these ladies have turned it into each mother’s dream: to be a good parent and provide the needs of children, to have a strong and a well-built relationship with them, to love them and to be loved in return.
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