The life of single parenthood is a rough road

Raising a child alone is no easy task. Being a parent is hard enough, but being a single parent poses an additional challenge. It is estimated that today there are nearly 31 million single parents. Adjusting to the life of single parenthood is a rough road, especially in cases where the parent became a single parent due to death or divorce. It is important for single parents to persevere for the sake of their children.

It would seem obvious that a single parent is someone who raises children alone. Different countries have different legal definitions of “single parent”, however. Single parenthood has various causes, including death, divorce, pregnancy out of wedlock, adoption, and artificial insemination.

Ideally, a child would have a family unit based on the love of two parents, but unfortunately, this is not always the case. Children without parents can be supervised by their grandparents, older siblings, or other relatives. A legal custodian must be at least twenty-one years of age.

Children in single-parent households tend to face greater challenges growing up compared to children with two parents present. For example, research has shown that fatherless daughters undergo puberty at an earlier age than girls that have a loving father present in their formative years. Children with only one parent may also undergo emotional trauma and lack support to overcome such difficulties.

There is still hope for single parents. For starters, single parents must show their children that they love them and care for them. By doing this, single parents can raise their kid’s sense of self-worth so they will not develop an inferiority complex to children from two-parent households.

Raising your child or children alone is a hefty responsibility, compounded by the fact that you are doing it alone. Give your children the love, attention, and discipline that they need, and you will be successful in raising them.

 

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