When her children's school hosted a "Doughnuts With Dad" event, single mom Michelle Srenco made sure that her children would feel loved and included.
The fact that their dad is not in the picture meant that she needed to get a little creative.
Moms do whatever it is that needs doing.
Every mom knows that she needs to wear many hats. Chef, chauffeur, nurse, cheerleader, math expert, dance phenom.
The job of motherhood involves being all things to the people who need you.
And single moms? They're a force to be reckoned with.
Without another parent to rely on, single moms handle more than any person ought to be able to.
They’re fiercely driven by the need to ensure that their kids don’t miss out on anything because of their circumstances.
So, when Srenco's kids needed a dad to show up, she made sure they had one.
Her story was shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page:
My name is Michelle Srenco. I am 36. My kids are Ciarah and Jordan, 7 and 9 years old. I am a domestic violence survivor and I have been a single parent for 4 years. In 2013 I escaped the abuse. When your kids don’t have a dad in their life, you dress up like one.
She continued, "That's what I did for their Doughnuts With Dad school event. They loved it."
“I just want parents to know you can be both parents regardless of what gender you are. Your kids don’t care; they just want to feel like everyone else and not feel out of place.”
She took a risk, might have felt foolish, but she SHOWED UP for her kids.
I am also very close to my own dad. He has instilled a lot in me and I have always said he was the best mother I ever had. My dad taught me how to be a man and a woman. I can build and fix just about anything. I am very independent and I try to pass that on to my kids. All of the other dads at the event were very supportive, giving me high fives and pats on the back. After we had donuts, we went to the book fair and I walked them to class and I said in my best dad voice ‘Dad loves you, have a great day!’ I want to encourage other parents to always be there for their child.