Bump. I am enjoying this thread very much. Finally at a place where I can see the benefits of single parenting for myself.
I love that my home is emotionally peaceful now (yes, even with four kids).
I love that I am not walking on eggshells or tiptoeing around someone else's moods and quirks.
I love that I do not feel inadequate at home anymore.
I love that I get to take credit and responsibility for everything...instead of shouldering the responsibility and having to share the credit.
I love that I get "enforced days off" and time alone in my house two weekends a month when the kids are with their dad. For me, this is a blessing, and I know not everyone here has it, and I am very grateful for it.
I love that my kids are not having to deal with contradictory values under the same roof.
I love that I am not accommodating another adult all the time.
I love that I can choose to be with other adults when I want to - and not when I don't want to.
I love that I am now mothering only four, as it should be, instead of five (four littles and a grownup.)
I love not sharing the bed (unless my kids need to, and then I love that we have plenty of space).
I love that I get to decide where everything goes.
I love that all the clutter is mine to get rid of.
I love getting to do home improvements my way.
I love that I'm finding out how strong I really am. I love that my kids are getting to see me growing stronger.
I love that I can serve whatever I want at Thanksgiving without being called a hypocrite for some reason or other.
I love not feeling like I come second to online gaming.
I love not having sex. Seriously.