Effects Of Single Parent Households

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As a young child, I grew up in a single parent household. My mother who worked hard to make sure I was always in private school and had a good education. My mother never missed a school concert, PTA meetings, back to school night, or chapel presentations. Growing up in a single parent household also had its challenges as well. Some challenges were having limited money for fun activities, or not being able to go on vacations. However, there are some effects it can have on children such as emotionally and academically. Many single parent households are run by females. Most single parent households have lower household incomes as well. This can increase the risk of students performing poorly in school. Studies show that normally there is a lack of financial support from the father which then results in the mother having to work more to provide for her children. One main problem with the mother working more is that the child gets less attention and less help with homework. Knox concluded that “for every $100 of child support mothers receives, their children's standardized test scores increase by 1/8 to 7/10 of a point.” Lastly, children with single mother who have contact with father excel better than students who do not have any connections with their father at all. In a household with only one income earner makes it quite difficult at times. Single parent households are more likely to be at risk for poverty and less fortunate. Living in poverty is stressful

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