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What You Need to Know About Single Parents

Jun 18, 2008
Single parenting is already becoming a rapidly growing trend in the society today. Studies show, that in the United States alone, there are four single parents to every ten parents and there are two single parents for every 10 adults.

In typical cases, a parent may become a single parent if left alone after divorce, after abandonment by the other parent, or after the other parent has died. Some individuals opt to become parents out of wedlock through artificial insemination or adoption.

Growing up with a single mother is by far the most common instance of single parenting; single mothers out number single fathers nine to one. Among divorced single parents in the United States, according to the US Census Bureau, only 15% of custodial parents in 2002 were men.

Single mothers have more difficult time providing for their families because women generally have lower paying jobs than men. Even if this is the case, they are more likely to nurture their children by telling them they love them, hugging them, and showing affection towards them.

Society dictates that the father works and brings home money. Being a single parent, fathers can be found helping kids with their homework, they do the house chores, they help out in the kitchen and other previously considered "mother" roles. Financial issues are not really a problem with single dads, as they tend to have higher positions in the work force, giving them higher salaries.

Being a single parent is a great challenge; they must juggle the demands of work, homework, house cleaning, and dealing with the financial aspects of running a family. Many children benefit from the increased attention that a single parent will often bestow in the absence of a spouse. Being brought up in a single parent home often makes children more mature, more self-reliant, and more responsible at a younger age.

Because of the demands of single parenthood, single parents have a harder time dating others. Childcare must be arranged and there simply is limited time to spend dating and hanging out with friends. This would cause some single parents to be angry and feel left out of the "adult world".

Single parents have the unique opportunity to influence their child or children for good or ill, without the counterbalance of another parent. Fortunately, many children raised in a single parent home will report with admiration the extra effort made by their single parent Mom or Dad.
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