We asked, you answered: How IVF and adoption changed your lives

We asked you, CNN’s audience, to share your stories of IVF and adoption through text message and WhatsApp — and you responded with personal experiences that were as various as they were emotionally compelling.

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Founder of business offering men as babysitters says women ‘cannot model maleness’

 

‘It’s generally families who have boys or who need a bit more balance.

Fathers might work long hours or it might be a single parent household, so they need male influence and a good role model,’ Ms Merrylees said. 

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Mother’s Day Is Different After You’re Divorced

I don’t have these things, as a single mother. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I have been jealous when I see all the nice stuff families do for each other on this holiday.

Yes, I know it’s stupid and selfish.

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Ministry honors, supports single mothers

“Moms, sometimes we don’t feel like we do enough sometimes, or we lack in an area, that kind of a thing,” she said.

“It’s just an encouragement for them to keep strong doing what they’re doing,

and that they have the Lord of the universe on their side.”

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FORMER MMA FIGHTER AND TEAM MECHANICS HELP SINGLE MOTHERS,

WIDOWS AND MILITARY WIVES

Williams started God’s Garage several years after he helped a single mother and her child, who were walking on the side of the road on a stormy night.

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 “I was diagnosed with postpartum at the same time Kaleb was going through puberty and he needed me to help him understand.

Just as it always is, I had to put myself to the side.

I was coping with endo-pain, taking care of the baby, making sure Kaleb was good and pretending everything was fine.”

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Knoxville mom of 15 is hero to single mothers

Each has a different story about how they came to be in this loving, energetic family.

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Non-profit gives away free cars to single parents in need

A local non-profit organization is helping single parents get new transportation for free. It’s called Driving Single Parents, Inc. and it was created by a single mother.

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4 investing ideas for single mothers

Given these challenges, what should single mothers do to ensure that they invest enough to secure their future?

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Single dad’s daughter is proud of him joining Manhunt

I just try to be happy and push myself to be a better person every day. If I could turn back time, I would slap my younger self. Now, I hope that I can continue to learn from my experiences.”

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The single mum breaking new ground for women engineers

“If I look back, I’d say my biggest achievement is that I’ve managed to get to the end of my apprenticeship.

People weren’t sure I’d be able to handle everything but I’ve done it.

“An apprentice needs to be open minded and be able to listen.

You must be confident enough to ask questions and to understand the process from end to end.

You also need to be very motivated.

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This Adorable Single Dad Taught Himself How to Do His Daughter’s Hair Perfectly

In February, the single dad launched an Instagram account showcasing his hair-styling skills, and we’re definitely impressed.

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The New NUS President Wants More Women And Single Parents In Leadership Roles

She also wants encourage single parents and women who are reluctant to apply for managerial or supervisory positions,because they believe they don’t have the necessary skills.

“It’s about using the skills that they have as a parent and [making them] transferable skills,” she said.

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EMMY ROSSUM ON BEING RAISED BY A SINGLE MOM: “SHE WAS ALWAYS ENOUGH”

“Some of these traditions are really hard for those of us who don’t have.

Even today, the idea of no father/daughter dance at my wedding.

No father to walk me down the aisle. All of these ‘traditions’ are painful reminders that inadvertently re-injure us,causing a feeling of loss, jealousy, anger and confusion. Usually leading to us feel somehow inadequate.”

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Mother of three uses Kijiji to make a desperate plea for food

“I looked to Kijiji. I’ve seen people helping people, and I’ve helped a lady before when I was able to, and I just put it out there.It was probably the most difficult thing I’ve had to do.”

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Single mother, high-achieving student: how does she do it?

Rhiannon is now a single mom to two daughters and is currently completing her

Honours degree in Criminology and Psychology.

She is incredibly grateful to SFU donors like Janis Horne who have provided support throughout her studies.

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Dad Gives “Props” to Single Parents After His Wife Goes Out of Town

So when a Reddit user posted his thoughts on how he’s “been managing as a single dad” while his wife was “traveling

on business this week,” I felt my eyes roll back in my head. Until I read on.

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