Single mum Christine Coppa is the author of the Target Breakout Book, Rattled! (Broadway Books, 2009) and the founding blogger of glamour.com's acclaimed Storked! blog where she spilled it about navigating an unplanned pregnancy and single motherhood minus her son's father. You can also find her witty (and often controversial blogs) on parenting.com, babble.com and Nickmom.com A professional writer/editor, she's contributed to Glamour, Marie Claire (Australia), First for Women, In Touch, Parenting, Baby Talk, and Parents among other publications and notable websites. Her work has been buzzed about in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and on ABC's 20/20. Coppa and her son represented the Yoplait Kids brand in 2011. The Sunday London Times called her a writer "at the forefront of a wave of modern mums who are reinventing the parental publishing genre." Coppa lives in North Jersey with her son Jack Domenic, 6 who is currently campaigning for a Golden Retriever puppy.
I've done both, and there were striking similarities in my experience.
Showing up at school looking scrubby and disheveled is even worse than not showing up at all.