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Single Motherhood During Coronavirus: I'm 'Irritable, Loved, Impatient, and Compassionate'

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Shammeer Dawson lives in Hawthorne with her children Taj, 8, Shelora, 5, and 3-year-old twins Ronn and Rome, along with her mother.

She checked in with us in early April while her kids bounded through an inflatable bounce house set up outside.

“They want me to play with them, and I’m exhausted, as you can probably hear. Today has been a strong day. I’ve been feeling irritable, loved, impatient, and compassionate. It’s a whole range of feelings, both good and bad. The stress level is high and my biggest concern is that I want to be whatever I can for my kids, but I don’t think I can do that.

“I don’t think I can fit that mold. I want to be the homeschool mom, I want to be the innovative thinker, creating all types of science projects and games for them to play when I just want to lay down and go to sleep. I wonder how you guys are doing out there... I just wanted to give you guys a sense of what’s going on in my world. Blessings to all of you.”

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