'Nashville' Star Connie Britton Thinks Being a Single Mom Is 'Easy'

Connie Britton, best known as as country star Rayna James on Nashville or as Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights (still a Netflix fave), is dishing about being a single mom. Britton is everything to her 3-year-old son Yoby, whom she adopted from Ethiopia ... and she tells Redbook being a single mom is a great gig:

"It’s funny -- my married friends tell me all the time, ‘What you have is so much easier.’ When you’re doing it on your own, you don’t have to [argue over] how you’re raising the kids.”

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I may just have a girl crush on Connie Britton now. Her stance on being a single, working mom is refreshingly un-Gwenyth-like, isn't it? 

We hear all the time how hard it is to be a single mom ... and, no doubt, it is difficult. But there are perks for moms raising kids alone ... and kudos to Connie for not being ashamed to admit it.

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It's empowering to make all of the decisions when it comes to your child. You choose his school, where you live, if you're religious or spiritual, and make your own holiday traditions. You decide how much television he watches, if he gets that toy gun he's begging for 24/7, what types of foods he eats. You are able to shape the most important malleable piece of clay you will ever receive without interruption, in-fighting, or behind-the-back maneuvering so common with couples.

It's an amazing feeling to just worry about your child. Dinner is less complicated. Bedtime routines are followed. Backpacks are stocked without standing on ceremony ... you know you have to do it so you don't sit there seething inside that your husband didn't do it again. You are responsible for everything. While it can be intimidating, it is also liberating.

Britton admits to Redbook that she would love to raise Yoby with a partner so he could have a father figure, but she refuses to succumb to the pressure to start a relationship that may be disastrous. All single moms can relate to her honesty. We wonder what it would be like to share in the expenses and work load, to rely on another person to bounce things off of, to have a soft place to fall. But, at the end of the day, it is gratifying to know you can do it all yourself.

Do you think there are benefits of being a single mom?

 

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