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The attitude of the single mothers and their relation with the children

Description One out of every two children in the United States will live in a single-parent family at some time before they reach age 18. According the United States Census Bureau, in 2002 about 20 million children lived in a household with only their mother or their father.

This is more than one-fourth of all children in the United States. Since 1950, the number of one-parent families has increased substantially. In 1970, about 11 percent of children lived in single-parent families.

  • In the early 2000s, more and more single parents have never married;
  • Establish a home routine and stick to it;
  • Find stable, safe child care;
  • An increased awareness of the parenting roles and sexual lives of single parents can better enable family professionals to meet the needs of single parents as they act and react to changes in families and society.

During the 1970s, divorce became much more common, and the number of families headed by one parent increased rapidly. The number peaked in the 1980s and then declined slightly in the 1990s. By 1996, 31 percent of children lived in single-parent families.

In 2002, the number was 28 percent. Many other children have lived in single-parent families for a time before their biological parent remarried, when they moved into a two-parent family with one biological parent and one step parent. The reasons for single-parent families have also changed. In the mid-twentieth century, most single-parent families came about because of the death of a spouse.

In the 1970s and 1980s, most single-parent families were the result of divorce. In the early 2000s, more and more single parents have never married. Many of these single parents live with an adult partner, sometimes even the unmarried father of their child. These families are counted by the Census Bureau as single-parent families, although two adults are present. Still other families are counted as single-parent families if the parents are married, but one is away for an extended period, for example, on military deployment.

The most common type of single-parent family is one that consists of a mother and her biological children. However, these numbers do not give a true picture of household organization, because 11 percent of all children were actually living in homes where their mother was sharing a home with an adult to whom she was not married.

Households headed by a single father increased substantially after the early 1980s, reflecting society's changing attitudes about the role of fathers in child rearing.

In 1970, only 1 percent of children lived with a single father. In 2002, about 5 percent of children under age 18 lived with their single fathers. Single fathers, however, are much more likely to be divorced than never married and much more likely than single mothers to be sharing a home with an adult to whom they are not married.

For example, 33 percent of Caucasian children lived with fathers who were unmarried but cohabiting with another adult.

Single parents: interaction of parenting and sexual issues.

It is clear that not all single-parent families are the same and that within different ethnic and racial groups, the number and type of single-parent families varies considerably. Adoption by single individuals has also soared. In 1970 only 0. In the 1980s this rate increased from 8 to 34 percent.

According the United States Department of Health and Single parent and her children spending time together. Human Services, 33 percent of children adopted from foster care are adopted by single parents.

Common problems Single-parent families face special challenges. One of these is economic. Single-parent families are challenged in other ways. Children living with single fathers were the least likely of all children to have health insurance coverage.

  • According the United States Department of Health and Single parent and her children spending time together;
  • If they feel their own life is spiraling downward and falling apart, they can seek help from many organizations that provide social, emotional, financial, and legal support for single-parent families;
  • Single and Custodial Fathers Network Inc.

Social scientists have found that children growing up in single-parent families are disadvantaged in other ways when compared to a two-biological-parent families. Many of these problems are directly related to the poor economic condition of single-parent families, not just to parenting style.

Single-parent families

These children are at risk for the following: It is important to remember that every single-parent family is different. Children who are living with a widowed mother will have a home life that is different from children with divorced parents or those whose parents were never married. Children of divorced parents will have a wide range of relationships with their parents and parents' partners depending on custody arrangements and the commitment of the non-custodial parent to maintaining a relationship with the child.

Despite the fact that children from single-parent families often face a tougher time economically and emotionally than children from two-biological-parent families, children from single-parent families can grow up doing well in school and maintaining healthy behaviors and relationships.

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Parental concerns Being a single parent can be hard and lonely. There is often no other adult with whom to share decision-making, disciplineand financial responsibilities. The full burden of finding responsible childcare, earning a living, and parenting falls on one individual.

However, the lack of a second parent often has a less negative impact on children than family instability, lack of structure, and inconsistent enforcement of parental standards. Single parents may want to follow these steps in order to create positive experiences for their children: Find stable, safe child care. Establish a home routine and stick to it. Apply rules and discipline clearly and consistently.

Allow the child to be a child and not ask him or her to solve adult problems.

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Get to know the important people teachers, coaches, friends in the child's life. Answer questions about the other parent calmly and honestly. Avoid behavior that causes the child to feel pressed to choose between divorced parents. Explain financial limitations honestly.

When to get help If parents feel their child is out of control and is not responding to their parenting, they need to get help from the child's school, social service agencies, and mental health professionals. If they feel their own life is spiraling downward and falling apart, they can seek help from many organizations that provide social, emotional, financial, and legal support for single-parent families.

The Single Mother's Survival Guide. Single and Custodial Fathers Network Inc.

  • If they feel their own life is spiraling downward and falling apart, they can seek help from many organizations that provide social, emotional, financial, and legal support for single-parent families;
  • By 1996, 31 percent of children lived in single-parent families;
  • There is often no other adult with whom to share decision-making, discipline , and financial responsibilities;
  • Although fathers more often reported being content in their parent-child relationships, they also were less frequently involved in the custodial care of the children.

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