When she was a teenager, 17-year-old Lauren Ziv was told by her mother to keep her hands and feet to herself at all times.
Now she’s a single mother in Texas.
She’s also an avid photographer who has become an ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of America, which raises money to help fund child-care for families in need.
When she’s not busy promoting her photography projects, she’s also teaching art classes at local high schools, which she said is the best way for her students to learn to be creative.
“I really do think the more they can see and appreciate themselves in the world, the more creative they can become,” she said.
Lauren ZIV says being a mom has made her more independent.
(Courtesy of Lauren Zov) The “I love you” attitude of being a single parent has made Lauren more independent, but it also has led to some tough times for her family.
“For me, it’s like a balancing act,” she explained.
“When you’re in a relationship with someone, you can’t stop thinking about them, but you also want to love them.”
As she’s been a single mom for her entire life, Lauren has had to adjust to the changes of being single.
Her husband of four years, Dan, has left his job at an insurance company.
They have been separated for nearly three years, and she doesn’t have a regular job.
When Lauren’s older brother, Andrew, came home from a school trip in Texas to visit with his grandmother, she told him about the situation.
“He said, ‘Mom, I don’t even want to come home, because I know you’re still married,'” she said of Andrew.
“But I think I’ve grown up and I’m just getting a little bit better at it.””
But I think I’ve grown up and I’m just getting a little bit better at it.”