Use Your Support Systems – Single Need Not Be Alone

Support SystemsSingle parenthood is commonly brought about by three things: divorce, death of the spouse or teenage pregnancy. Cohabitation outside a matrimonial set-up is common but it changes not so much the real parental status as the statistics behind it. Families which are headed by women are more vulnerable. Women’ social position is still relatively weaker than that of men. Single mothers have to cope with existing gender-based limitations for gainful employment vis-a-vis a very demanding family life.

The number of single parent families has doubled in the last two decades. US census estimates that 59 percent of children in America will live with a single parent at least once. There are about 12 million single parents in the United States. About 20 million or 28 percent of children under 18 live with a single parent. 84 percent of those who live with one parent live with their mother.

Availablew single parent statistics are not complete but we know enough to know there’s a large group of people out there who are dealing with the challenges (and rewards!) of parenting on their own. If you are one of them, don’t be afraid to ask for help or lean on your support systems.

Originally posted 2010-10-25 03:18:55.

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  1. Im scared in my factor.
    I want to be able to parent this child, but i have no support from the birth father.
    I am not financially sound. Part time job with minimum wage.
    I feel as though as im giving up on my unborn child because of the father’s not participating in this since he is a father to 3 others of other women and has relinquished his rights to.
    I am doing an open adoption, but i really would like to parent but have no support.
    Its in the best interests of my unborn child.
    Single parenting is a struggle, i know i could do it but with being this unstable, i wonder if i would live day to day trying to make ends meet just for her/him.
    All I can say is God Bless.

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