|This story flows logically and carries the family theme throughout. The life stages that tug at both parent and child provide the context for possible success and failure.
There is a lot to try and get in. To follow the many years from teenager to adult, and on to struggling mother is ambitious. Nevertheless the transitions are good. What is always difficult is deciding how to present these transitions. The authors view is easiest if the actions and thoughts of the characters need to be logically explained and related to each other and the timing of the story. What this view loses is the means to absorb the reader deeply into these thoughts and actions.
If I have any suggestions it would be to look at those transitions and to try a few alternatives. For example, instead of explaining the outcome of not having money perhaps narrate the experience of coming home without groceries. Then the child-mother exchange will have context and perhaps not require explanation.
What you do have in these explanatory passages is the outline of the story. Some of these passages may add good contrast and you could keep them in, especially where there is a significant jump in time and not too much critical information you need to share. Other passages may be more gripping if they are narrated or there is dialogue which brings home the state of mind of the characters.
Even a description of the surroundings or characters appearance could replace the explanatory work.
Of course none of this is particularly easy, especially in a short story. To get every observation, action and event to form part of the story, to fit them into what would happen naturally, and to tie these events up into your plot would be the ultimate.
I hope this helps, and adds to what is a well thought out and well written story.