For the past twenty years single-parent families have become more common than the nuclear family that normally consist of a mother, father, and children....
Some believe that children in single parent households are more at risk than children in a two parent households, but that outcome may vary depending on many different situations.
“Seventy percent of all the children will spend all or part of their lives in a single-parent household.” (Dowd) Studies have shown that the children of these families are affected dramatically, both negatively and positively....
But back to the . For starters, the majority of single mothers out there say they might not be married, but they aren’t single either — 56 percent are in a relationship with (and most are living with) the biological father of their child. Of those who are parenting on their own, 77 percent say it is harder than being a married mother, their top reasons being: there is less money (87 percent) and no one to hand the baby off to once in a while (80 percent).
The most consistent
finding from studies of family structure shows that single parents exert weaker
controls and make fewer demands on their children than married families do
(Curtin et al.
Although, in most cases raising a child or children in a two-parent family is best, there are situations where children are better off living and being raised by one parent.
When my kids were 4 and 5 and I was single parenting myself, she said to me that single parenting was the hardest thing she’d ever done–even more difficult than her time in Japan.
Furthermore, consider the single parent the one who provides solely for the child as they are the ones with them most of the time throughout the stint of their entire life.
With the increase in children being born out of marriage, teen parenting, and other social dilemmas, more children are being raised in single parent household.
From Lisa Belkin: The Babytalk poll was an online sample of 14,000 respondents. So while it is not scientific — in that randomness can’t be established — that is not my only criteria when choosing subjects for Motherlode posts. Some posts here are news, some are science and some — like this one — are conversation starters. I believe that most of what any of us know about parenting comes from listening to others, so the reader response that a post like this triggers is where the value lies. And no, I am not paid by the word, or by the post, but to do the job. I hope you don’t lose too much sleep worrying about that.
I am just sick and fed up with this conservative mantra that single moms can’t raise kids. That’s because these conservative jackasses are doing their level best to make sure that single moms lack every resource to raise and feed their kids, including day care. And I happen to be one of those who believe that single moms is a hell of a better option than no parent at all.
I’m the single parent of a three year old. One of my married friends had a baby, now a year old, and the storied battle that ensued over what this child’s name should be made me grateful for the complete authorial control I had over naming my child. That said, I think it’s much harder than I imagined, economically and emotionally. Another income would make us much more financially secure. Another person would mean (at least, I think it would mean) that I wasn’t always the one saying no and that I could sometimes go for a walk unencumbered. I have a lot of supports and she has a lot of people besides me who love her, but I do think it would be great for her to have another face to see every morning besides mine (and if it were the right face and the right person, that would be nice for me, too). Still– I’d take single parenting over a bad relationship any day.
For centuries studies have claimed that children that are raised in a home with both a father and a mother, do better that children who are raised by a single parent.
According to Murdock single parent families can be reduced through the use of more revenues put in place to help these types of children who are in broken homes either due to divorce, separation or death of...