Single Parenting

1092 Words Jul 17th, 2018 5 Pages
As LeBron James said, “For me, already being part of a single parent household and knowing it was just me and my mom, you'd would wake up times and hope that the next day you'd be able to be alongside your mother because she was out trying to make sure that I was taken care of. But all I cared about was her being home” (http://quotes.lifehack.org/quote/lebron-james/for-me-already-being-part-of-a/). This is a proof of how single parenting takes a lot of family time from the parent and their children. This is issue is shown in The Color of Water by James McBride, as James and his siblings had to go through the tough times of being raised by a single parent. Most children’s lives are brutally compromised in single parent homes due to the …show more content…
In The Color of Water by James McBride, James Admits to falling for peer pressure after the death of his step father, Hunter Jordan. James explains how he did things that were out of character, “I virtually dropped out of high school after he died… I snatched purses. I shoplifted. I even robbed a petty drug dealer once” (McBride 6). This quote illustrates how the passion that a single parent has to not let his or her kids starve to death can lead to kids picking up bad and unusual behaviors from friends since the parent is not always home to teach them the right things to do. Therefore, single parenting can result in the child learning bad behaviors and characters from friends. Moreover, single parenting impacts children negatively by not fulfilling their dreams of having a family of two parents instead of one. This proves how many children prefer to have two parents than having only one. Even though most single parents in our societies today are divorced, 36.8% of single mothers have never been married (Wolf). This percentage proves to be very significant because it means that over one third of children of single parent homes never had the chance to live with both parents in the same household. Although in The Color of Water, James had the chance to live with both parents at some point in his
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