'Listen, being a single mom isn't always easy. It can be difficult of course. But there are some really amazing parts.'
Kayla Acevedo had just announced that she was getting a divorce when someone left an unsolicited comment on TikTok predicting what her life would be like as a divorced mom. "Someone made a comment on my page that I was going to regret it because no one wants to date someone with kids," Acevedo, a massage practitioner on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, told TODAY. "I was like, 'Who is this person to assume I'm just waiting around for Mr. Right?'" In response, she came up with a now-viral "Sad Single Mom" video series where she hilariously tackles this stereotype and shows what the life of a happily divorced mom is really like.
"A day in the life of a sad single mom," Acevedo begins in a somber voice in the first video of the series, which she posted in May this year. "First I wake up in my big queen bed without anyone poking me with their frisky eggplant. I make my way to the washroom, where the toilet seat is down, and I have to sit on a seat that's not covered in urine splashes." She goes on to highlight the best parts of being a single parent including the fact that when she walks into the kitchen, there's still coffee in the pot.
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"I head to a nice clean fridge where I find a full container of creamer. I then water my plants, and think about buying another one because there’s no one to tell me I have too many," Acevedo says in her video. "It's a sad life, I know. But maybe one day if I'm super lucky, I can have a third adult child to take care of all on my own." In another video from her "Sad Single Mom" series, she describes what it's like to go on vacation as a single mom. "Since I didn't have a man to vacation with, I settled for going with my girlfriends who wanted to do all the same things I did," she says. Here is another gem from the viral series: "I started my morning with a load of laundry—but when I went to move it to the dryer, I realized the dryer was empty. I wish I lived with a man who would keep all his dry laundry in the dryer for a week."
"Today I bought some new throw pillows for the couch, but no one was here to realize these weren't for their sweaty bald head," Acevedo says in another video. "I got some takeout wondering if I'll ever find a man who will tell me that we have food at home that he has no intention of cooking. How will I go on knowing that my leftovers in the fridge are still going to be there tomorrow?" she asks in another video. Acevedo revealed that she and her ex-husband Freddy, with whom she shares her 3-year-old daughter, Atlas, remain good friends and that Freddy even gets a kick out of the videos.
"Listen, being a single mom isn't always easy. It can be difficult of course. But there are some really amazing parts," she said. "There’s this notion that single women are incomplete — and I think that comes from men. I think it really bothers men that we might not need them as much as they think that we do."