My name is April. I am a single mom of 3 teenagers. I am also an aunt to 5 nephews and 3 nieces. I live on the same street with my parents, my brother and his family, and my sister and her family. For this, I am truly thankful. I honestly didn't understand the phrase it takes a village to raise a child until I was completely (100%) on my own with my children. I also like to think I am a part of helping my brother and sister raising their children too. I am the oldest and my three kids are the oldest of the grandchildren so even though I am solo I do have a little more experience. It has been 5 years since my divorce and I have completely leaned on my faith and family. Most things are easy. I know they are teenagers, and I still have some sanity left, but they really are sweet. We had a tough time before the divorce so now we are so much happier I think they are good to me because I got us out of a very unhealthy environment. I have had, as many single parents have, an extremely hard time with the system. I have been trying to get child support and have just found it to be a joke and disgusting at the same time how the system works in the favor of irresponsible parents. Even when I gave up and my kids wanted to change their last names, (we are in a small town and their dad has had some criminal activity) they weren't allowed to do that. It is an insane who's on first conversation that feels like, well, the name of this blog....a backwards merry go round. Some days I will offer information, ask for help, and some days I will just vent! I apologize ahead of time, but if you are reading this, I am assuming you completely understand! I would say welcome, but chances are you are already on this crazy, stupid Backwards Merry Go Round.