‘You’re my mom and dad,’ son tells his mom
Muffins with Mommies. Donuts With Daddies. Daddy and Daughter Dances. For families that don’t fit the traditional two parent arrangement – these school activities can feel really isolating. Which means modern families sometimes have to get a little creative.
That’s exactly what single mom, Whitney Kittrell, from Utah did. Instead of skipping out on “Dads and Donuts Day” or having a male go in her place; she dressed up like a “dad,” slapped on some fake facial hair, and went to “Dads and Donuts Day” at her son’s school like a total boss.
She posted the great picture on Facebook, which has been shared over 10,000 times and we are loving it.
“When I became a single mom over three years ago I made a promise with myself that I would do anything I could, even if it meant going out of my comfort zone, to give my kids a ‘normal’ life and the same experiences as other kids,” Kittrell writes.
She said her and her son, who is now in kindergarten, have gone on trips together, played catch, killed bugs, and made countless memories. It’s her attempt at giving her son what she calls a “normal life.”
“But when my kindergartner came home with a paper saying that they were having ‘dads and doughnuts’ my heart kinda sank, ” Kittrell writes. Anyone who is a single parent or has faced a similar situation knows that heart-sinking feeling. You don’t want your kid to feel the dreaded “different” or left out.
So she asked her son if he wanted his grandfather to go, to which he declined.
“He just smiled and said, ‘No. I want you to go. You’re my mom and dad.'”
So the single mama giddy-upped like the goddamn, single-mama-badass that she is. Kittrell rounded up her best “dad outfit,” painted on facial hair, and went to breakfast with her sweet son. Seriously, her facial hair is so on point.
“I was so embarrassed, but I couldn’t help but smile when he introduced me to his little friends saying, “This is my mom… she’s my dad too so I brought her!'”
Total win for this mom and her son. Sometimes all of us parents need a little validation or sign that we’re doing things right.
“I’ve tried my best to let them know they are loved, but I wonder a lot if I’m actually succeeding at it,” writes Kittrell. Well, she doesn’t have to wonder because what her son did next, is proof: she is succeeding and her son notices.
“When I went to leave he ran after me and hugged me tight around my neck and whispered, ‘Mom… I know that you’ll always be there and do anything for me. Thank you. I love you.'”
“I hope he remembers this day cause I’ll never forget it or his sweet words.”