Dr. Jeanette Parker (file photo)

Recurring challenges and adventures of single motherhood, raising children may seem an impossible achievement. Mothers all over prove their strength/fortitude to overcome innumerable confrontations. Fabulous single mothers manage to ‘make it” despite unexpected hardships. There are emotional, financial, physical and housing challenges. Sometimes they may not know where the next meal is coming from; but they persevere with faith, never giving up. They find inner strength and support from the Lord, grandparents and other relatives who jump right on in there to help. Some mothers are abandoned, others divorced, and unexpected death leaving children to become orphans, etc. But, these great mothers still love their children and support them through thick and thin.

Oh! The love of mothers! Bless them! Good mothers don’t come prepackaged, highly educated and rich.  One important factor is: these single mothers chose the road to childbirth rather than abortion. They laid aside fear and  challenges of childrearing. Let’s applaud them, congratulate them and call them “Blessed!” Just think of great people who never made it through the birth channel. Millions did not. These did.

Kanye West’s parents divorced when he was three-years-old, at which point he was raised solely by his mother in Chicago, Illinois. Age: 41. Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America. President Barack Obama was raised by his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, from the time that he was born until he was four-years-old, when she married Lolo Soetoro. Age: 57. Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America.

Halle Berry’s parents, Judith Ann Hawkins and Jerome Jesse Berry, divorced when she was four years old. The “Catwoman” star was then raised by her mother and had little contact with her father.Age: 52. Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America. Jay-Z was raised by his mother in New York after his father abandoned his family. Age: 49. Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America. “Hitch actress Eva Mendes was raised by her mother after her parents got divorced. Age: 44. Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America. Eddie Murphy’s father died when he was very young. He was raised by his mother, Lillian, in Roosevelt, New York.Age: 57. Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America. Keanu Reeves’s father, Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., abandoned his family when the “Matrix” actor was just three years old. Reeves was then raised by his mother, Patricia Bond, and at times, various stepfathers. Age: 54. Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon.

Ben Carson: SonyaRobinson Carson, a single mother with little formal education, of Ben Carson, renowned pediatric is credited with having been the molding influence on his life; he has acknowledged numerous times.“All that I am is because of the love of my mother. “She was one of God’s greatest blessings to me, and it was her foresight and discernment that pushed me to reach my dreams. Teach Our Children. Jeanette Grattan Parker, Ph.D. Founder/Superintendent Today’s Fresh Start Charter Schools, www.todaysfreshstart.org[email protected]