I am a divorced single mom who struggles to provide for her children, and that is obvious to anyone who knows me. My divorce was painful, but it was the only way to break free from an abusive family environment. Providing for my children was something I was always able to do, and during most of my marriage, I supported the entire family. Ultimately, the chronic abuse left me emotionally and physically ill, and I lost my job. Now I spend most of my time helping myself and my children heal so that someday we can lead healthy and happy lives. It may not look like we are doing well, but compared to where we came from we are thriving. Criticism and judgment from those who have no idea how hard we have fought to survive is nothing more than an uneducated opinion and has no place in our lives.