I was previously divorced and left to raise three daughters alone. It's a tough job, but had to be done. I applaud you for giving it your best shot......even if at times you feel as if you aren't doing everything you want to do to make life sweeter for your children.
My daughters were about ten through 16 when their dad dropped off planet earth into his own world.
Not much help there either. So, for the most part, it was "me and the kids".
The "teen pains" they put me through caused me to become a number one fan of Tylenol......yep.......downed it quite faithfully, I did. Headaches galore.....crying at bedtime after they went to bed because of some of the things they were getting into....acting out...escaping out the bedroom windows at night after I went to bed......letting friends IN their bedroom windows after I went to bed......BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Those little darlings about drove their mommy insane......they may have slightly succeeded. :chuckle
Today, they make me very proud! They've come through shining from all their "TEEN PAINS" and have become very responsible and accountable women, wives, and mothers. I'm so blessed to be their mother. :kiss
Hang in there! Raisng teens is very challenging indeed.....with or without both parents present in the home. It's MORE of a challenge as a single mom, but still a challenge nonetheless either way. If I can ever be of help to you via a "listening ear" or sharing "TEEN STORIES....TEEN TIPS".......just send me a "PM" and I'll respond as soon as I get your message.