Single Mothers and Single Fathers in Society Today Crystal D.Cole Com/170 February 9, 2012 University of Phoenix Single Mothers and Single Fathers in Society Today Being a single parent is tough in twenty first century. A single parent has to be the provider, the comforter, the teacher, and the disciplinarian all in one. In most single parent relationships, One feels that our priorities lie with our children first. Society seems to put some pressures on Single Mothers and Single Fathers. Single Mothers and Fathers are viewed differently. Single Mothers and Single Fathers are very common in present society. Both may have similar responsibilities but are quite differently viewed in society eyes. Single parenting is becoming a
Thesis statement: Although the ideology of single moms have progressively gotten better over the years, they are still stigmatized as being plight in today’s society. Whereas, in reality, they are exceptional role models and self reliant; ultimately, revealing that single moms can prevail two parental figures.
Single mothers are struggling with only one job to make enough for a living for herself and her child. Single mothers are working very hard for very low pay. Mothers that are living paycheck to paycheck and are pushing their budget to the max eventually have to start applying for government assistance (Alexa). “Passing the Raise the Wage Act would especially help women, particularly women of color. Women are the majority (56 percent) of workers who would benefit from increasing the federal minimum wage to $12 by 2020”(Cooper, Gallagher,Vogtman). Single Women have to create strategies to make ends meet on low wages. They have to deal with all sorts of issues. (Chonce)
A student from Western Michigan University found that children from single-parent homes have a strong parent to child communication system with a network of community support, and increasing levels of independence (Barajas). Other studies have shown even if single mothers don't have a spouse to deal with the extra weight, the mother has a community around them to help; and they can join community groups such as church groups and single parent support groups (Wolf). If not the community, the mother’s child can help carry some of the responsibilities. However, sometimes these community groups aren't available to many single mothers and their kids may be too young to aid their mother´s problems. Additionally, these benefits don't outweigh the stresses that were already to put on the single mother's shoulders; and certain situations can leave the mother dwelling on them instead of receiving the relief that they
Edin and Lein wanted to discover the surviving strategies of single mothers who are on welfare or work on a low-waged job. They argue “neither welfare nor low wage work gives single mothers enough income to meet their families’ expenses” (253). To find out the set of survival strategies of single mothers to make ends meet Edin and Lein interviewed 379 low income single mothers. They chose their interviewees from different cities, different aged group, and different ethnic background. Most mothers who are on welfare wanted to find a job and be out of the welfare but the primary problem that single mothers face was that “family economics”. With the minimum wage income it was impossible for the single mothers to bring the ends meet. Neither working nor being on welfare was enough to survive therefore mothers who are on welfare supported their budget by generating substantial supplementary income. Edin and Lein states that “welfare recipients generated extra income by working at side jobs, obtaining cash from network members, community groups and local charities”. They also get cash help from the family members, child’s fathers, and from a boyfriend. Because they were afraid to lose welfare benefits they did not tell anyone about the extra income they have. To survive they needed both the welfare benefits and the extra income. It was very difficult to establish a trust with the interviewees in the beginning because they were afraid if they talk about it they might lose the
You have probably heard of Madonna. An extremely famous and successful singer, songwriter, actress, and also, single mother. However, unlike Madonna, many single mothers are struggling to raise their children and also finding time for themselves. This has been a very common and reoccurring problem in Canada. “About 8 in
When we were first introduced this assignment, I was both excited and nervous. I was excited because it gave me the opportunity to step of my comfort zone; in addition, I was excited to be able to get out into the community and practice some of the social work skills
Single mothers are constantly put down and defined as bad by the world. Why does the world get to decide who single mothers are? I started my research on single parents although I found most of the negativity was towards single mothers. Society, stereotypes and the media have all given single parents a bad name. These negative things so often said affect the daily lives as well as the future of single parents. Because of the media, society and stereotypes, single mothers do not further their education, have low hopes for their future, themselves and their parenting; the media and society should recognize single mothers and their hard work.
Using in depth interviews with 50 Chicago welfare recipients, Edin was able to show how single mothers struggled to make ends meet (Edin, 1991). Choosing to interview people from diverse cultural backgrounds, Edin gathered substantial data to convince skeptics that mothers cannot rely on the welfare system to provide them with substantial wages. In most cases, she found that many mothers continued to use the system because they could not find substantial jobs that would provide them with enough money to live and raise a family. Edin further determined that the average mother spent 864 dollars a month to raise a family (Edin, 1991). After paying expenses, the remaining
In today’s society some people perceive homelessness as affecting only Single homeless mothers typically happen due to recent economic declines resulting in home foreclosures. Studies have reported in Southern Nevada that homeless mothers and their children have a tendency to not get discovered by society, called the “hidden homeless”. These single homeless mothers and their kids do not live on the street, where their situation is public and visible, but one can discover single mothers and their kids living in overcrowded place. Policies to end homelessness must incorporate jobs that pay livable wages. Although homeless mothers who manage to find employment may be forced to leave their job when they announce their pregnancy. Which many individuals in Southern Nevada have a falsehood judgement that women chose homelessness, as you can see is not true because single mothers make the struggling effort to fight back homelessness, although given the low minimum wages and gender discrimination. Single homeless mothers still attempt to provide their children with some sort of shelter, despite the fact that of living in a house which people commonly would not experience
Women are far more probable to become poor and live in poverty versus their male counterparts. Poverty is an issue among many single women. Nearly six in ten poor adults are women, and nearly six in ten poor children live in families headed by women. Poverty rates are especially high for single mothers. That is not only stressful on the mother, but on the child as well. Many women find themselves in situations where they are pregnant and already struggling to provide for their child or children. About 31% of households are single woman, who are below the poverty line, compared to 6% of households headed by a married couple. Women head over 80% of single-parent households, and nearly half of children living with only their mother are poor (USCCB).
Single motherhood often leads to child poverty. Each year many children struggle to meet their daily needs, living through poverty and face inequality from the time they are born. Growing up in a single household highly increases your chances of living a poor lifestyle. Children will experience higher drop out rates, have difficulty finding employment, engage into teen pregnancy and face various problems as they grow older. Our society projects a negative image by blaming single mothers for their actions ‘‘In Murray's eyes, the mothers are fully responsible for any children they bear in an age when contraceptives and abortion are freely available’’(McLanahan).
Introduction The US department of health and human services has indicated a commitment to “reduce the dependency of needy families through the promotion of job preparation, work and marriage” and to “provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes” (Office of Family Assistance,
In fact, majority of single mothers are receiving inadequate income support from employment that employed single mothers are earning poverty wages compared to educated single fathers and married men. The study shows that “between 1979 and 2009, 34% of employed single mothers were both employed at a low wage and in a family with a low income, compared to 18% of employed single fathers, 11% of employed married fathers, 8% of employed married mothers, and 12% of the employed population as a whole. In 2009, 39% of employed single mothers were in low-wage employment, and 36% of employed single mothers were both low-wage earners and in a family with a low income” (Casey and Maldonado, 2012, p. 9).
This isn’t really an issue that is just for single mothers this is a woman issue. We are taught from a very young age to be in competition with one another, that only so many of us can succeed so we don’t work together, we don’t build one another up