I was determined to finish college even though I know that they couldn't support my studies that time. I volunteered to stay with my old maid aunt, whom I know she could help me achieve my dreams. I stayed with her throughout my college life. She was the school guidance counselor that time, so I was properly guided and taught how tough life can be. I graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Mathematics. When I finished college, I worked as a factory worker in Laguna to somehow support myself and help my parents in raising my siblings. I did self-review for the LET(Licensure Examination for Teachers) exam. With God’s grace, I passed the test on my first try. With 2 siblings in college, 3 siblings in high school, and the rest are primary students our income was never sufficient. That's why by the young age of 21, I went to Thailand to work as a teacher. I left home with determination to succeed. I was able to support my brothers and sisters. Two of my sisters have degrees in education and are now working as teachers here in Thailand, too. Three of my brothers have finished college and are now seafarers with degrees in Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering. My seventh sibling is also taking a degree in Marine Engineering and my last two siblings are still in high school. It was indeed a roller-coaster-ride for our family, but it is worth
Growing up with only one single parent is one of the most significant challenges that I have ever had to face. I have not only grown up without a proper father figure, but the struggles that my mother and family have had to overcome were challenging in itself. Single mothers, especially those that must provide for more than one child, are hard working individuals. Single mothers always put their family before themselves in order to support their families. I myself have witnessed the selfless deeds that my own mother has done. She works very hard to make sure that me, and my other two siblings, are not in need of anything. My mother makes sure that she had the ability to provide for her family no matter the conflict. As for myself, I have concluded that single mothers do not have to be dependent on someone else, they are capable of many things that break many patriarchal idea and thoughts.
Growing up in a household full of girls with a single mother, I learned how to be strong and independent. My mother was never really the type of mother to be affectionate, she had more of a tough love point of view. I was always expected to get the best grades I could possibly have along with being focused and determined to go to college which most of my family did not do. My mother taught me how to always be respectful and have good manners especially when it came to other adults. From the age of 5, I was doing chores in the house, and setting goals for my future.
Over the previous years, I grew bored with routine. I didn’t involve myself with school activities and stayed home for most of my days. My parents rarely planned any activities for me and my sisters. I had stopped expecting them to involved themselves with my school life. I didn’t even mind when they wouldn’t come for my band concerts. It’s hard being a child of immigrant parents. There are situations they would never be able to understand. The sole advice they can give me is about hard work. They want to push me and my sisters to our limits so we could have the better life that they never had. From them, I learned life lessons of self-sacrifice and determination of making things work, despite the roadblocks and challenges.
Growing up with divorced parents is something I would not wish on anyone. Having to live in fear is not something a child should ever have to do. Worrying if you are going to get berated for everything you do does not make for an easy childhood. Counting down the days you have in hell is not something I will ever have to do again.
I came to the United States when I was 15 years old to live with my mom and my two siblings. My mom is a single mother and head of the house who worked 40 or more weekly to give what my siblings and I need. She works in a pipe company cleaning and installing screws to pipes approximately around 25 pounds. She decided to work in a man job so she could get some extra dollars to fulfill our needs. However is not enough to pay for my books and tuition. I decided to work as well so I can pay some of my tuition and some of my other necessities. But what I earn is not enough to continue with my dreams. My dream is to be the first member of my family to earn a college degree. I want to encourage those people who are immigrants and had to get use to
Both my parents are high school teachers so my house is always filled with stacks of lesson plans, school supplies, and the quick wit that only comes from being around teenagers twenty-four-seven. Being both supportive teachers and amazing parents, my mom and dad have consistently inspired me to work my very hardest and to keep learning no mater what. They also are my biggest cheerleaders whether I am last in the race at cross country, preforming my best on stage, kicking butt and taking name in karate, or getting my butt kicked trying to bathe an angry bull. Next is my sister, who has been my Player 2 in this wacky game we call life and rivals my parents in encouraging me. Even though each of my family members plays a different role in my life, when they are together supporting me I can preform at my very best. The best example of their support is when I tested for my black belt. For the test I fought for nearly an hour-and-a-half against multiple well-trained fighters, without hardly any breaks. Even though I had been training for years, I would have not been able to keep fighting if my family hadn’t been there giving me water and telling me to keep going and try harder. This is one example out of many of how my family has been there for me through it all, telling that I am above and not beneath and proving that
In order to complete my heart's desire I've made sure to do above and beyond. My parents have also pushed and encouraged me to become the best me. I went to some of the best schools and took the best classes in Miami Dade County because my loving parents and I made sure that my grades remained on top. Even though I strived for the best, still I struggled with family issues. In middle school, I had a difficult time because my family was about to lose our home to foreclosure. When you lose someone or something so precious in your life, it can be a draining and learning experience. On the outside to everyone else they thought I looked blissfully happy, and like nothing was going on in my life. I was wearing a perfectly painted mask as my disguise. Little did they know that in reality I was constantly worried and I felt powerless. I had my father who worked as a construction worker and he tried to help out as much as he could, but he had his other kids and bills to pay. My hardworking mother was a Registered Nurse who graduated from the University of Miami for crying out loud and she did whatever she had to do to try and get a job but it was like everywhere she turned there was a roadblock. Finally, she got a
When my parents divorced, I stepped up and I took care of my siblings when my mother could not. In doing so, all the challenges I faced from then on, I faced them all alone. Therefore, my mother would not have to worry about me and focus on herself and my sisters. Living in a house of four my not seem so difficult but when you are the glue that holds the family together, there is no room for error. When my oldest sister dropped out of high school, all the pressure went on me to do better in school, graduate, and go to college. Teachers, security guards, my parents told me I have-to graduate and go to college to get a better life than them. It was like a record stuck on repeat, everywhere I go I was faced with the same lecture. With being told what to do and how to live my life I fell into depression the first semester of my senior year. This was one of my biggest challenges I had to face, I was left alone to figure out a puzzle with missing pieces. Listening to everyone tell me I have-to this and that with my life makes me sick to my stomach. What if I am not interested in going to college? What if I just drop everything and leave? What if can define today from tomorrow. Slowly realizing that only I can pick myself up and carry myself to where I want to be in life, helped me realize I can work to the best of my ability and set goals for myself. one of my goals is to go to Loyola University and to Major in Forensic
Stephanie Gonzalez is a 16 year old teenager who grew up and was raised in Chicago by only her mother and older brother. Stephanie has had to persevere through several challenges and obstacles in her life due to the fact that her father left her when she was only an infant. Stephanie was willing to speak out about how her culture needs to relook at the way they view single-parent households in society and how she was deeply affected by the way she grew up (Gonzalez). The percentage of children living with single parents increased substantially in the United States during the second half of the 20th century. Only nine percent of children lived with single parents in the 1960s, while this statistic increased dramatically to 28 percent in 2012. Growing
People all grow up in different places, around different people, under different circumstance and, all of these cause different effects on their lives. People are who they are today because of the experiences that they faced. Until I was a teenager, it was always just my mom and I. I never met my “dad”, not even from day one. I never was able to get to know him, or see him, but I did have a mom. I faced the odds of becoming the stereotypical kid with a single parent that went down the wrong path, but I never did. Life caused me to have a single mother that has made me the strong person that I am today.
My family does not count with a large income specially since we’ve been here, new family members were added to our family. At this moment I have 3 younger brothers, and 2 younger sisters. I am the oldest of the 6 children, therefore I knew that I had to set an example for my siblings in order for them to want to succeed. But I believe that something new happens each day of our life and a new lesson is learned each time, and that’s what makes us greater people. I have been through many experiences while growing up which made me really think about what I wanted my life to be like in the future. Thinking about how my parents gave up their life in Mexico just to give us a better life encourages me to want to achieve all of my goals. I understand the importance of getting a good education for having a better life. Hard work and dedication is what keeps me going knowing that if I do the right things, have perseverance, making mistakes and learning from them will help me achieve what I set my mind to. I am very thankful to my parents for making me understand that no matter the circumstances that we live in, no matter how many people doubt me, nothing is impossible. In 2014, I received the incredible opportunity to attend Marygrove College, to pursue a career in advertising and theatre. So far, this milestone has been a joy ride of stress and happiness while making great friends along the way. I have much to learn and grow in order to achieve my many goals and dreams but what I have accomplished, makes me more than proud of
My parents divorced when I was five, so I was raised in a single parent home by my mother. My aunt and mother both instilled in me what it means to be a strong, independent, God fearing woman. From the time I was born I attended church regularly, praise dancing and singing in the choir. Being able to touch someone while ministering the word of God is one of the greatest privliges I’ve had.
Throughout history a one-parent household has been deemed as a nontraditional family, but in today’s society it seems more and more common with every day. Although the reason and causes vary, each year the number of children raised by a single parent increases. Most people don’t seem to realize how much this can change a child’s future. The impact of childhood experiences simply set the disposition of adulthood and the rest of their lives. There is not one sole factor that affects child development, but one very important one is the role and relationship created with one’s parents. How a child is parented and raised leaves a lasting impression on them, commonly for a
Parenting styles have had many controversial issues over the decades. The way people raised their children back in the 50’s and 60’s are completely different from today society. Back then they believe in the nuclear family, which is a family with a mom, dad, and children. They believe staying together at all cost. If something was breaking or broken you fixed it. At times you wonder if they stayed for love, money, or just for the sake of the children. Now and days it is not the same. Families are broken up for many reasons. Rather it be by death, the other parent wanting out (such as divorce). But in the end there is always a single parent left to take care of the kids in most situations. When something like this happens a negative connotation is brought to the single parent. This paper would show the effects of being raised by a single parent. Just like everything in life there is a good and bad side to everything. So in this paper you should learn the negative and positive effect of being raised by a single parent. The problem of the matter is that society tends to write off the child of single parents. Stating that they are lead down this road of destruction and grouping the entire single parent raised children without seeing the other side. Not saying that being raised by a single parent does not come with it hardships, but the fact is that there is still hope for those children and they can do very well. By always stating the negative it leaves the