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There is an incredible number of moms in this world. Of those moms, approximately 9 million women are single mothers. What surprised me is there are about three million men who are single parents.

We are about to celebrate Mother’s Day but when women don’t want children and abandon their children even, should they partake in the holiday? 

I know, most people’s perceptions of a mother are this picture of Claire Huxtable or if you’re old school, Florida Evans, but what happens when it’s not? 

When women don’t want children, in my opinion, they shouldn’t continue to have them nor should they be treated any differently from the men who feel the same way. I’m one of those women who wanted lots of children, notice the emphasis on “wanted.”

Initially, I thought six children would be the magic number for me, as a matter of fact, until I had the first one.

Why Don’t I Want Children?

Since I had the one and only child, I could still, in my mind, dream of having a fulfilling career. After all, it was just the two of us and I could manage two lives. Bringing her here meant I would spend 12 long and painful hours in labor. Labor was not cute, ya’ heard me.  smh 

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Mikki Donaldson is a southern girl, a woman of color born in “hard time Mississippi.” She, like her town, has seen many hurricanes, but bounce back each time. Mikki is no different from any other person with a passion, late to bed and early to rise. The writer is a mother, daughter, and grandmother who adores her family and seeks to leave her mark on this remarkable and changing world.