Back in the day, a family consisted of a staying home wife that took care of the children and any necessary obligations in the house while the husband worked all day. Today, it is very unique for a child to be raised in a home where one parent is not involved with the family. Therefore, society’s perspective on a child raised by a single-parent, especially by moms is seen as inappropriate due to the fact, that they don’t do see the child capable of doing the same things as a child that lives with both parents in a traditional family. Even though, the child is raised by a single-mother it does not mean they will not be as successful as a child that is raised by both parents. Currently, there are many single-mothers that demonstrate each day …show more content…
To begin with, the financial stability can cause complications on the child and the mother as well. “In 2000, 25% of single-mother families lived in poverty” (Kunz, 2013, p.258). Based on the statistic above, many mothers take the drastic decision of getting two jobs in order to provide the best home possible for their children. As a result, single-mothers spend less time with their children affecting the child in a way where they feel the lack of involvement from the mother, especially on a simple daily routine like preparing for a school day. (Bianchi, 2011). Lastly, stress can also be considered as an obstacle that affects children negatively in a single-mother household. According to Kunz (2013), the witness of seeing the parents get a divorce and the constant argument over who gets custody can create major stress on the child. In most cases, these type of arguments can lead the child to blame themselves for the separation of their family. For this reason, it is important for the single-mother to reassure the child that they should not blame themselves for the decision taken. Therefore, in the end each obstacle children face with their single-mother will lead to positive outcomes that will benefit them to become a better person while also demonstrating to themselves …show more content…
Before I started collecting all the facts I definitely considered myself to be on the positive side of the argument. Now that I have both sides of the argument I have several things that took me by surprise. First of all, I was stunned to see the percentage of single-mother families that live in poverty. Before I started researching I thought the number was going to be much smaller. To see how everyday one single mom out of many today in America struggle financially and how their children are affected by it is incredible. On the other hand, I totally agree on the importance of constructing that bond with the single-parent and the child. When I came across this fact while reading I knew it fit perfectly my situation. Living this personally, has made me the person I am today. Having my dad absent from the family and only having my mom has created our relationship so much stronger. The sense of appreciation I have towards her for all the things she has done for me up until know can not be explained in words. In other words, it is awesome to have that parent that you are comfortable with where you are yourself around without hesitation. Being part of a traditional family with both parents or a single-parent family with either a mom or dad does not really
Single parent families are very common this day and age. The single parent percentage in America is rising, in all racial groups. Children of a single mother or father family tend to have more difficulties and more of a negative effect developing and growing up. The bad effects of children with single parents typically have more behavior issues, emotional stress, and difficulties in school.
People are judged for being single parents, struggling to help their kids, but in reality being a single parent can be a good thing. Children that have both parents that work most of the time feel neglected and lonely which could lead to depression or acting out and rebellion later on in life. One of my family’s long times friends had this same exact problem. The family was in excellent financial shape because both parents worked. They had high level jobs working as doctors at the same hospital, but they never really made time for their children. The parents worked constantly away from home, and now the family is very dysfunctional. The children who are now adults never visit or talk to their parents. It shows that money is not everything, and that a stay at home mom is not just a suppressing stereotype it’s a beneficial tool to your children’s happiness and
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In the trajectory of humanity, single parenting has become a concept internationally accepted by most modern cultures. What exactly causes single parenthood? Well there are many factors in which could result in a single parent household. Death of a partner, divorce, and unintended pregnancy are just some of the causes of single parenthood. Based on this worldwide acknowledgement and understanding, single parenthood is usually aided by monetary help from the government or unions. Although financial help is available, the psychological effects a child goes through could never be fixed by any type of cash value. These psychological traumas and mental changes could affect the parent raising the child as well. Even with some financial help, single parents sometimes struggle to make ends meet. A study featured in Time magazine informed Americans that middle to lower class single parents will work 40+ hour weeks at minimum wage to provide for their child. If the parent is so busy at work, who's watching the child? Sometimes, the single parent might still have connection with their own families. Grandma and grandpa have to raise the child since the parent is hard at labor to provide for their offspring. Occasionally, some of our elderly folk do not have the competence to watch over a child. It might even be that the child is too energetic and could wear out the seniors. The child will then resort to the television, street, friends, etc to learn and grow. These influences might be negative for the child especially if they're not coming from the mother or father. An investigation of single parenting leads to the affirmation that raising a child by yourself is very difficult and must be approached very leniently and effectively.
Did you grow up with a single mother, gay couple, or an unmarried couple? Well, a couple of my close friends have. Society has a view that single motherhood is bad. It doesn’t matter if you live in a two-parent household, have a single mother, gay parent, or an unmarried couple no family structure guarantees happiness. The view that society has on single motherhood is wrong because married couples fight, children are told that families are supposed to be a certain way, and the difference between the wealthy and the non wealthy.
There is much debate on what constitutes as a family today. However, Ball (2002) states, “The concept of the traditional family…is not an immutable one. It is a social construct that varies from culture to culture and, over time, the definition changes within a culture” (p. 68). There is a growing diversity of families today including the commonality of sole-parenting. In order to explore aspects of sole-parenthood objectively, I need to reflect and put aside my personal experience of growing up in sole-parent household. Furthermore, this essay will explore the historical origins, cultural aspects discussing the influences and implications of gender identity, and social structures of sole-parent families, as well as consider the implications in midwifery by applying the sociological imagination. Mills (2000/1959) describes the sociological imagination as “…a quality of mind that seems most dramatically to promise an understanding of the intimate realities of ourselves in connection with larger social realities” (p.15). In other words, the sociological imagination involves the ability to consider the relationships between personal experiences and those within society as a whole.
What is a single parent? Is it one who destroys their child’s life? Is it one who ultimately cannot raise a minor on their own? Or is it one who dedicates their lives to the well being of their kid? Imagine a parent, and for whatever reason they were left alone to raise a child. That parent you imagined has to work long hours just to put a meal on the table. That parent has to play the role of the mother and father. That parent has no financial support. Unfortunately, in our society, this image of a single parent is looked down upon. There are people that don’t realize how much a single parent goes through to give their child a better life.
A student from Western Michigan University found that children from single-parent homes have a strong parent to child communication system with a network of community support, and increasing levels of independence (Barajas). Other studies have shown even if single mothers don't have spouse to deal with extra weight, the mother has a community around them to help; and they can join community groups such as church groups and single parent support groups (Wolf). If not the community, the mother’s child can help carry some of the responsibilities. However, sometimes these community groups aren't available to many single mothers and their kids may be too young to aid their mother´s problems. Additionally, these benefits don't outweigh the stresses that are already to put on the single mother's shoulders; and certain situations can leave the mother dwelling on them instead of receiving the relief that they
The Family structure has changed significantly in the last fifty years. With higher percentages of marriage ending in divorce, and higher rates of childbearing out of wedlock, single parent families are increasing rapidly. “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. Women head the majority of single- parent families and as a result, children experience many social problems from growing up without a father. Some of these problems include lack of financial support, and various emotional problems by not having a father around, which may contribute to problems later in life. At the same time, children of single-parent homes become more independent because they learn to take care of themselves, and rely on others to do things for them.
It has been said, children from two-parent families are better off. The setting is also a factor to take into consideration. The increase in single- parent homes has had an extensive and negative effect on children’s development. 50% of marriages end in divorce. We have young people with young minds having children, they can hardly take care of themselves at the age of 21, yet they have decided to bring four children into this world to be raised by one parent. In some communities, majority of the children are being raised by a single parent. Statistics have shown that children raised in a healthy single parent home have more problems emotionally, psychologically, in school, and with the law than those raised in healthy two-parent homes. No matter how good a single parent is, that a single parent can NEVER do for the child how two present, committed, parent partners share and work together; communicate together and solve problems together as equals.
Single parent households are becoming so common that is is expected. The amount of children living with their father has gone up but it is still pretty low compared to children living with their mothers. Which parent you are raised by is important. Each parent can only teach you what they learned. You mother can only teach you how to be a mother and your father can only teach you how to be ...
Single parenthood culture seems appealing to many married people. However, married individuals are forced to battle with elements like faithfulness and life-long commitment to one individual, which may be boring in some cases. However, single parents, especially single mothers encounter serious challenges related to parenting. Single parenting is a succession of constant mental torture because of ineptness, self-scrutiny, and remorse. At some point, single parents will often encounter serious psychological problems some graduating to stress and eventual depression. Again, there are far-reaching problems that force single mothers to a set of economic or social hardships. Social hardships are evident as address in this research.
Fortunately, the views on being a single mother have changed in such a positive way. Instead of them being seen as unfit, and dependent on others they are seen as strong and brave. Other single mothers see one another as perfectly capable of providing for their family, and have empathy for one another for doing so. Casie can now proudly say, “my life isn’t over. It’s gotten more complex.” Casie now does not worry about what others think or view her as being a single parent. She now sees herself as tough, confident, and self-supporting for her and her
For many years, children growing up in a single parent family have been viewed as different. Being raised by only one parent seems impossible to many yet over the decades it has become more prevalent. In today’s society many children have grown up to become emotionally stable and successful whether they had one or two parents to show them the rocky path that life bestows upon all human beings. The problem lies in the difference of children raised by single parents versus children raised by both a mother and a father. Does a child need both parents? Does a young boy need a father figure around? Does the government provide help for single parents? What role do step-parents and step-siblings play? With much speculation, this topic has become a very intriguing argument. What people must understand is that properly raising a child does not rely on the structure of a family but should be more focused on the process
As a child of a single parent household. I have first hand experience on the affects of having only one parent to not only take care of me but also show me and teach me about life and the correct choices that I should make in my life to better myself. Parenting is hard enough but parenting by yourself as a single parent is nearly impossible. You want to do everything for your kid to have a flawless life but the unfortunate news is that you can’t give them everything. Along the lines of helping your child in life as a single parent you are