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The Importance Of Single Parenting

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Children depend on their parents but not all children have parents to look up to or guide them. What does that do to them as they grow up? Growing up without a parent can lead too many problems for a child, such as poverty, lack of education and teen pregnancy. As Census Bureau observes single parent household may be the cause of all of the social issues facing America today (Census Bureau 1). Thus, in cases when mothers or fathers avoid their parental responsibilities, they should be forced to spend more time with their children. This can be achieved by making a law that will require mothers or fathers to financially support their child, monitoring a banking or checking account and to provide counseling for their child.
Over the recent years, the traditional family structure has steadily evolved. The importance of marriage and the traditional idea of two parent homes have subsided as single parenting has prevailed and become more common. Phillip Cooper and Daniel P. Mueller, directors of a Community Needs Assessment program, note that “almost one in two children who are now infants will live in a single parent family before age 18 (169.) Not only has the ideal family and value of marriage continuously deteriorated, but the absence of dominant male figures in today’s family households has sadly become the norm for twenty-first century families. Paul McCafferty states, “[currently]…one in four children live with a single parent. Of those children that live with one parent, about 86 percent reside with their mothers” (7.) The American culture has fallen susceptible to single parenting and has strayed from the traditional idea of two parents itself. In reference to statistics attained from McCafferty's evaluation of the evolving...

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...meone to ensure them that they are not alone and that they are not the cause of their family imperfections.
Children that derive from single parent homes may not be aware of the things that they are missing out on in the beginning, but as they grow older, they may easily become aware of the things that they do not like about their current situations. They deserve the same opportunities as children with both parents have.
In conclusion, although every parent, whether the parent/parents use the traditional parenting style, has the potential to properly raise his or her child. Single parenting has been proven, in most cases, to have lasting negative effects on a child’s overall well-being. Thus, a law should be pass that will force mothers or fathers to financially support their child, monitoring a banking or checking account and to provide counseling for their child.
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