Most single parents are used to wearing different hats and taking on responsibilities typically shared between partners in two-parent families, but single mom Yevette Vasquez from Fort Worth, Texas took it to a whole new level.
Vasquez was dropping off her son, Elijiah, at school last week when she noticed an abundance of cars for a "Donuts with Dad" school breakfast. Vasquez didn't want her son to miss out on the event, so she quickly conceived a creative solution — dress up like a dad.
Since the duo only lived a block away, Vazquez rushed home to create an impromptu "dad" outfit. With the help of Elijah, she quickly looked the part of dad by wearing a plaid shirt, a hat and a fake mustache.
"Yeah, it's the first time I've dressed as a man," Vasquez told CNN. "We're going to remember this forever."
Vasquez and her son returned to the school for father-child breakfast. She snapped a few photos of them together at the event and posted them to Facebook. And while it's true that clothes don't make the man — or the woman — it's clear Vasquez's actions were from the heart.
"I know seeing other dads with [their] kids isn't easy for mine but it's life, at least I can do whatever it takes to put a smile on that face," Vasquez wrote on the social platform.
As of September 6, her Facebook post received over 15,000 likes. Vasquez said she was shocked by the positive responses.
While Vasquez's Facebook story was humorous, it also sheds light on the day-to-day struggles of single parents.
The 2014 Shriver report, created by the Center for American Progress and the AARP, found that single moms are more likely than other women to stress about childcare and that they experience higher levels of economic anxiety. The study concluded that ending the gender wage gap would do a lot to help single moms.
"Being a single parent is not easy but definitely possible," Vasquez wrote to A Plus. "I try to find positive in negative situations."
(H/T: Huffington Post)