While many moms will consider it a success if they remember to swap their slippers for shoes on the school run, that’s certainly not the case for Sarah Malarkey.
The single mother of two looks perfectly polite every time she leaves the house and wouldn’t dream of falling asleep at the school gates.
But while Sarah, 27 – who lives in the UK with daughters Arya, 7, and Malia, 10 months – sees nothing wrong with being proud of her appearance, not everyone agrees , The sun reports.
“I know moms are expected to dress a certain way or tone down their look, but I love being glamorous,” Sarah said.
“I’m definitely one of the youngest moms in school and I wear a crop top on the school run quite often, which is out of the ordinary.
“I feel like all eyes are on me and I look weird but I can’t change what makes me feel like me.”
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Sarah shows off her latest glamorous looks on her TikTok account where she has nearly 60,000 followers.
On the platform, the self-proclaimed “cool mom” recently shared a video of her school-run outfit which included a cropped cardigan as well as perfectly polished makeup which received a mixed response, with some accusing her of it. do to attract attention.
However, Sarah says she only dresses for herself.
“It makes me feel good about myself and if I feel good, my kids are more likely to feel good too – it makes me a better mom,” she says.
“I am proud of my appearance.
“No hate towards other moms, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable dressing like they do.”
Sarah became pregnant when she was 19 and separated from Arya’s father when their daughter was two.
She then met Malia’s father in 2020, but after getting pregnant the relationship broke down, but the parents have successfully co-parented since Malia was born.
She says, “I get so many comments from trolls all over my TikTok account, making fun of me and making fun of me for being a single mom.
“People like to nag me and tell me their dads abandoned me and some are even disgusting enough to comment on my kids’ skin color.
“They’re lucky I’m so strong-minded because it could really impact someone’s mental health. It’s just a constant barrage of abuse.
“They’re not even brave enough to show their face because it’s mostly fake accounts.”
Sarah says if anything, her trolls have only made her more determined to talk about her life as a single mom.
“I think it’s important for me to stand up for myself and other single moms.
“People always assume I’m a bit of a slut who’s had a few one-night stands, but I was with my eldest’s dad for three years and I’m co-parenting my youngest.
“Just because I’m a single mom doesn’t mean I’m worth less.”
With Sarah caring for her two daughters almost full-time, she says it can be difficult to find a balance when it comes to her social life.
“All my friends are single and they don’t have children, while I have children most of the time,” she says.
“If I want to let my hair down, I have to drop the kids off at my parents. I’m lucky because they’re quite accommodating but I don’t like to ask.
“I need to hang out with my friends and have a social life because that’s what keeps me sane.
“I sometimes go for a drink and the police mother jumps on it so quickly,” she says.
“Every mum is different and I am a young single person in addition to being a mum.
“My children don’t see me drinking or going out and they are treated extremely well.
“It’s not always perfect in our household – there are times when it’s so difficult and then there’s a time when I go out and have fun and I don’t see a problem with that.”
While Sarah is happily single at the moment, she admits that she eventually wants to settle down with the right man.
“Dating is a real struggle for me,” Sarah says.
“I’ve asked my family for help if I’m going on dates so I can find someone long term.
“But until I meet someone, I’m happy to be a single parent.
This story first appeared in The Sun has been republished here with permission