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Home. Alone.... A Mother's Day like no other

Today is a Mother's Day like no other. The schools and creches are all closed. Shops have turned into a major healthcare hurdle. What will the little ones do all day? One thing is sure: mothers will cope. But facing into social isolation as a single parent has its own particular challenges - though single parents are uniquely resilient, writes Liadan Hynes

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Lia and Sarah. Photo: Kip Carroll

Lia and Sarah. Photo: Kip Carroll

'Having a child to focus on gives you a purpose'

'Having a child to focus on gives you a purpose'

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Lia and Sarah. Photo: Kip Carroll

I spent much of last Friday - or day one, as it's now being referred to - in a blind rage. It kicked off that morning, when an acquaintance texted into a WhatsApp group I am in, one with about 30 members.

It was one of those messages we were all plagued by for the first few days of this thing, before people (mostly) copped themselves on. This one was from an anonymous doctor (provenance unknown), urging people to take various measures. Most of it was about children. The vectors.

Towards the end, it got to the grandparents, and how they could not be expected to babysit. There followed some discussion in the group over how important this was. Hence my rage. I am a self-employed single mother, supporting my child, and a home, I ranted to the various friends I rang to talk me out of texting into the group itself, something I knew I would ultimately regret.