Bristol Palin Is a 'Real' Single Mom After All -- Just Like the Rest of Us (VIDEO)

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bristol palinIt's not the most flattering, I'm such a nice person thing to admit, but I've never had that much sympathy for Bristol Palin. And not just because of her mom -- I've never had any much sympathy for Sarah Palin either, but guilt-by-association thinking is obviously unfair. No, my opinion of Bristol has been based solely on her words and actions, like when she slammed Obama for endorsing same-sex marriage or went around as a crusader for teen abstinence.

And that's still what my opinion is based on, except now I've seen a side of Bristol that makes it really hard not to feel for the girl at least a teeny tiny bit. Especially as a fellow single mom.

The thing is, I've never really thought of Bristol as a "single mom," mostly because she has way more support, opportunities and money (quite frankly) than the average single mom.

Then I saw a clip from the 21-year-old's soon-to-premiere reality show, Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp, in which the young mother breaks down in tears over the fact that her 3-year-old son Tripp doesn't have a father figure around. And it's not fair to him. And that just plain makes her sad.

And that made me sad, too. Because every single mother knows what that feels like, even single moms like me whose kids have a dad who's around and part of their lives on a regular basis (unlike some people, ahem, Levi Johnston, ahem).

It's just hard, and a lot of the time it sucks and you sit on a couch and cry. And there's no way around it.

Are you a single mom? Can you relate to Bristol Palin?

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sofia... sofia0587

Who cares! Everything gets handed to her unlike some real single moms I know who work hard for what they have.

Pinst... Pinstripes4

She doesn't seem like a bad person at all. I agree with little she says, but I swear she can do no right for some people. Isn't she engaged, though? Trig could get a stable father figure after all.

JAIRA... JAIRATRACI

Sofia0587- it's not her fault that she has more help than most single moms. She is a real single mom. Being a real single mom it's based on how much help you get from friends and family it's based on being a mom and being single. What do you expect her to do? Turn down the help she is offered?

Heather Duso Johnson

Hmm, how exactly is your kid supposed to have a father figure when you move almost as far away as possible from his father?   And from other articles I've read in the past, the family did a pretty good job of not wanting him around when she still lived in Alaska.  Sure the guy does sound like a jerk and probably wouldn't make the best father in the world, but that's why you shouldn't sleep with losers.  

nonmember avatar Halliday

Aw man, the Phillies have enough bad juju this season. She didn't have a Nationals shirt to wear?

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I have sympathy for single mothers who are in their situation because of circumstances outside of their control like the death of a spouse. I have sympathy for single mothers who put themselves in that situation by sleeping with a loser in HS and not bothering to use protection, especially ones who do their best to get other girls in their situation by pushing abstinence. .

bills... billsfan1104

How sad. People hate the girl, because of her mom. Talk about a war on women.

She does not push abstinence on people. She talks about how its the best thing, but she also preaxhes birth control. If people bothered to listen to what she says and not get their imfo from people who hate her, they hear something totally different

cmjaz cmjaz

Who better to talk about teen abstinence then someone who didn't practice it and became a teen mom and her bf bailed. And yes, he did bail. She's a person people and even if I didn't agree with her political view, I would feel for her.

LizB86 LizB86

RhondaVeggie, I think you're missing a "no" in that second sentence.  And I'm with ya.  :-)

nonmember avatar Noel

Uh, if she's upset about that then maybe she should've practiced abstinence, or used the internet to learn about contraception first instead of having a kid.
She made her bed, now she has to lay in it, and so does her child. She should stop blubbering and maybe get him involved in something where there is male figures, or you know, ask her own father to be that to him. I'm sure Grandad wouldn't mind doing things with his grandson.

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