05/23/2014 01:43 pm ET Updated May 23, 2014

Parenting Solo This Week? That Doesn’t Make You A Single Mom.

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“My husband’s away this week, so I’m a single mom.”

It’s a line I’ve heard too many times to count. It’s both humblebrag and complaint, an announcement of extra work and, perhaps, an unfair burden. It barely registered for me until I had a baby in a room full of people who were not my partner.

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