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Old 04-05-2008, 09:07 AM   #1
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Hi, my name is Shannon. I've recently recognized that I have to, NEED to start connecting with other single parents. My goal is to gather a group of us to get together with or without kids, share our lives, and offer support.
I'm 36 and have one beautiful 3 year old little girl named Grace. I've always been single, when I found out I was pregnant I was not in a steady relationship and was quite surprised! Her father and I are actually roommates now, it was the only way I could think of to make ends meet and get a little (and I mean little!) help with childcare. It's unconventional but it works, I think because we were never really an actual "couple". We don't have the stress of trying to make a romantic relationship work.
I'm still a single parent though, with a roommate who helps once and a while.
I've been living in the Oak Park area for about 4 years now and I really love it, though I lived on the northside of Chicago for 14 years, I still work there and do miss city life.
I'm a social worker, I work in community mental health, which is funny because I feel like I'm losing my own mind half the time!
My biggest challenges right now are money, (social workers don't have any), and keeping my life organized, while having the time and energy to be a great mom. I CAN'T DO IT ALONE! Oh, and I need a life of my own outside of work too. My weekdays start with us out of the house to the babysitter by 7:15am, and we finally get home around 6pm. So my time is limited but I'm committed to making time for myself to meet others.
I'm thinking a parents night out, weekend playdates...I'm hoping to make this a great summer for myself and my daughter. Can't wait to hear from you all!
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:35 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum wndrlnd. I'm not even sure how many active members here are local to you but hopefully some. Meanwhile, feel free to join in anywhere here for some conversation, support, even some laughs to lighten the load.
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Hi! Im new to SFV too. I used to live in Oak Park for many years, now living in far north burbs. I understand about wanting/needing to go out more. Career, family life, and children can sure zap time like fairy dust. My girls are aged 11 and 13, so unsure if yours are that age. BUT...my 13 year old has signed on for babysitting classes at her middle school (they get certified and everthing!)My friends are very far now, so rarely get together with them anymore. People out here are..to be PC correct...'pretentious', so slim pickins of cool peeps. Since the summer is coming up, perhaps these 2 single moms can hit a few festivals.
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Noticed you're from Chicago. My daughter and I are going there next week staying at Bannockburn. how is that area?
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:54 PM   #6
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Hi everyone, thank you for your replies! "atwitsend", I'm not familiar with Bannockburn, but I hope you enjoy your trip! Chicago Details, I would love to hit a few festivals this summer, it's been so long...! My daughter is only 3, but I'm sure, as single parents, we have much in common!
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Hello. I'm new here and just wanted to say hello and that I can totally relate to how your feeling. I live just north of chicago about 75 miles in Bourbonnais. Where about is Oak Park??
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Hi and welcome! I completely get the need to go out...even if it's just to talk to another adult!!! I grew up near Oak Park and you should have tons of stuff to do around the town! I know you'll get all the support and friendship here...plus extra laughs to make you smile even when you don't feel like it!
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