1000 familes project erika and morgan

1,000 Families Project:
Erika and Morgan

We’re thick as thieves and often mistaken for sisters. We are best friends, confidantes and also irreverently mother and daughter. Our life hasn’t always been easy. I became a bereaved single mother at just age 20, and so in many ways, we have grown up together.

Morgan has been the inspiration in my life and has motivated me to become a better human being and a good mum. In her 18th year (time has really flown by) she is an artistic, creative, empathetic, intelligent and fiercely passionate young woman. We are embarking on yet another new phase in development—independent living.

Throughout this year of change, our love for one another is finding new ways to be expressed. I wasn’t ready for my little bird to sing her sweet song to leave the nest. I am in the midst of understanding what it really means to let go and trust in the parenting and lessons I have modelled for her. The worries of a mother are endless but I couldn’t be more proud of the strong and spirited individual she has become.

1000 families is a great concept because it acknowledges the diversity and nature of every day family structures. I am a young mommy but also have struggled with mental health issues. While raising my daughter I have often felt left out of typical parenting communities. I am so happy to say that today I am a peer mentor and facilitator, an author but most importantly, Morgan’s mum. Together we shine bright.

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Erika Klein

About Erika Klein

Erika Klein is an author, blogger and single mom currently residing in Oakville, Ontario. Passionate about women’s rights, social justice and ending the stigma around young mums, mental health and poverty, she writes a blog called Finding Erykah about self acceptance, inclusion and the celebration of recovery. View all posts by

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Erika and Morgan' have 2 comments

  1. September 29, 2014 @ 11:00 am Donna Kirk

    What an excellent idea! Inclusion, acceptance and understanding are my passions as the mother of a developmentally disabled son who also had mental health issues. Looking forward to reading more posts.


    • Brandie Weikle

      September 29, 2014 @ 2:17 pm Brandie Weikle

      Hi Donna, I’m so glad you like the project. Thank you for your enthusiasm. And if you or someone you know would like to write a post for this series, please get in touch at families@thenewfamily.com. Thanks again.


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