I grew up in a single parent home. My mother has been a huge influence. She's a strong, hardworking, and smart woman. When I was younger, I sometimes felt she was too strict with me. Now that I look back and feel grateful for all the moral and cultural teaching she gave me.
I love that she allowed me to be independent, to think for myself, and she wasn't overbearing. I was able to make responsible decisions on my own, or go to her for an opinion.