Social Media and Single Parenting Essay

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Parenting is hard! Being responsible for the development, protection, growth, health, and care for a child is all consuming and at times overwhelming. From sun up until well past sun down, day after day, year after year, the raising of a child is the full time job that never offers a break. Rewarding, of course, difficult, hell yes it is. Single parents face all of the challenges and difficulties of any parent but have to face them without the benefit of partner, a co-parent to help carry some of the burdens. Single parent homes are not a new phenomenon; they are not unique to any one culture, and are increasing in numbers. ("Single-Parent Families ") Single parents by default must do the work of two people; this requires them to be …show more content…
Parenting is hard! Being responsible for the development, protection, growth, health, and care for a child is all consuming and at times overwhelming. From sun up until well past sun down, day after day, year after year, the raising of a child is the full time job that never offers a break. Rewarding, of course, difficult, hell yes it is. Single parents face all of the challenges and difficulties of any parent but have to face them without the benefit of partner, a co-parent to help carry some of the burdens. Single parent homes are not a new phenomenon; they are not unique to any one culture, and are increasing in numbers. ("Single-Parent Families ") Single parents by default must do the work of two people; this requires them to be consistent, conscientious, and creative. Social media can offer single parents a helping hand. (Caron) (Clemente, Jude. Rise of Single Parent Households)

Single parent households occur for many and varied reasons. Including unintended pregnancies, divorce, death, and by choice. ("Single-Parent Families ") Single parent households have steadily increased over the several decades and currently 30% of US households are single parent households. ("Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007 ") This means that single parents are raising almost 22 million children in the United States. ("Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007 ") A female parent 78 % of the time heads single parent households. ("Custodial

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