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Single Parenting Effects

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Single Parenting and Its Effects on Everyone
According to Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007, which is a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 13.7 million single parents had custody of their 21.8 million children under the age of 21. (2009) 21.8 million children make up over 18% of all the children in the U.S. There are a multitude of effects when single parenting is present. Children that are involved in a single parent situation usually don’t have the same economic or human resources that are available to children that involved in two parent family homes. The children are more likely to be high school dropouts, have teen pregnancy or be the cause of it, and to experience divorce in their own adult lives, when compared to two parent traditional families. Children from single parent families often have a lower self esteem and usually lack financial stability. Not every effect is negative though. Some positive effects include, less parental conflicts and more bonding with one individual parent, faster maturity, and a better sense of responsibility. Why is all of this? Being a single parent can bring a plethora of problems. It is much harder to maintain a set discipline routine when there is just one parent in the household. This one parent must play both the good cop and the bad cop role. It is much harder to discipline when you are the only parent. But the most difficult task of all while being a single parent is trying to find a
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