03/21/2013 04:18 pm ET Updated Mar 21, 2013

Single Parent: Olivia Joy Stinson Talks About Being Raised By Her Mother (VIDEO)

In honor of National Single Parent Day on March 21, we wanted to show some appreciation for those parents going at it alone. What better way to do that than by showcasing a thank-you message from someone raised by a single mother?

In the video above, Olivia Joy Stinson, the founder of PEN Pals Book Club For Children of Incarcerated Parents, praises her mom for "always [making] it work."

"I can say that we've never gone without and we've always had everything we've needed. Everything I needed and, on top of that, everything I wanted. I'd see the Barbie this, Barbie that and at Christmas I always had it. No idea how it would happen, but I always had it," she said.

Stinson -- a Charlottle, N.C. native and Winston-Salem State University student -- runs a charitable organization that aims to improve literacy among kids whose parents are incarcerated and prevent those children from following down the same bad path by getting them involved in the community.

Watch the video above for more on Stinson's tribute to her mother. Then, click through the slides below to see what single parenting looks like to our readers.

This Is Single Parenting

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