Raising A Child As A Single Parent

855 Words Oct 8th, 2015 4 Pages
Raising children in today’s society can prove to be a very difficult task. Parenthood is challenging even with the best of circumstances. With one parent, the challenges are multiplied. Single Parenthood is very common in the United States. In fact in 2013, 28% of children in the US were living in single-parent homes. Having children in the US ages 0 thru 18 as a single parent can be very costly and come with many responsibilities. For most single parents the most difficult part of being a parent is the financial responsibilities. The average cost of raising a child born in 2013 up until age eighteen for a middle income family is approximately $245,340.00. Education is also an important responsibility when having children. Nurturing although it is something that should come naturally to a person, can prove to be difficult and is a very important responsibility. All of these responsibilities combined are only a fraction as to what goes into raising a child. Unfortunately single parents may have a far more difficult time raising a child due to the different economical, social, and personal task each individual may face.
Financial Responsibility and planning can be challenging for anyone, including single parents. Some financial struggles a single parent may face are shelter, food, and clothing. Single parents face more hardships than a two parent household when it comes to providing shelter for their families. In 2013 alone, over 70% of families in homeless shelters were from…
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