Independent Parent

Independent Parent
I am an independent parent not a “single mother”
Why do we call it that?
Single? I am single in the term as if I am not married, but not single like I am needing…wanting…looking for something outside of myself to facilitate and validate the raising of my kids.
I am parenting the children independently of their father by choice. Yes, I am a mother and I am acting as a father with my skill set.
I feel like the identification is derogatory and I am reinstating a new identification to divorced mothers without a partner.