Products of single parents include the current president of the United States Barack Obama and past one Bill Clinton, US Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps, entertainers Tom Cruise, Bill Cosby, Christina Aguilera, Julia Roberts, Demi Moore, Alicia Keys, Angelina Jolie and Matt LeBlanc.
Celebrity single moms are not equally stigmatized as average ones.
Sandra Bullock (single mom by adoption), Michelle Williams (widowed by Heath Ledger), divorcees Padma Lakshmi, Minnie Driver, Denise Richards, Solange Knowles, Sherly Crowe, Padma Lakshmi, Liv Tyler, Denise Richards, and Madonna; January Jones (single by choice after relationship breakdown) are all single moms. Before marrying recently, so was Halle Berry, Kate Winslet and Reese Witherspoon as is engaged stars Britney Spears, Jamie Lyn Spears and Katie Couric.
Single parenthood is filled with solo efforts schlepping kids to activities, preparing meals, packing lunches, checking homework, dropping off and picking up from school, filling out paperwork sent home by teachers, managing the household bills and any plumbing or automobile breakdown issues, taking out the trash, bringing in the trash, being the disciplinarian, reading the bedtime story, ironing uniforms, putting out uniforms for the next day, scheduling parent conferences, attending school performances, helping with class projects, following up on dentist appointments, staying home with a sick kid, giving pep talks, helping a kid practice his basketball skills, fixing the daughter’s hair, buying knick knacks for the class party, volunteering for a field trip, putting up the Christmas lights, trimming the evergreen bushes from the front stoop.