• Single parenthood is a phenomenon that any society has to live with.

  • Being a single parent is a challenging experience.

  • Children raised in single parent households also have their own challenges.

Thesis:Helping single parents and their children to live a fulfilling lifeis one of the noblest things to do in support of the family unit.

  1. The Problem/Statistics

  • According to 2010 statistics, the number of households with a single parent has doubled since 1960.

  • It is estimated that, the number of single parents in the country rose by 1.2 million in the span of 50 years.

  • One in three children in America today lives with one parent. 15 million of them live with their mothers only while 5 million more live with their fathers.

  1. Challenges of single Parenthood

  1. Parents

  • The parent has to balance between work, household chores and socialization.

  • This is distressing and unhealthy and can lead to psychological stress, which can spill over to children.

  • Besides, most single parents are left with the responsibility of supporting the child or children in their care.

  1. Children

  • Since they are alone with one of the parents, they may be forced to take up some chores to assist the busy parent.

  • They may not have enough time to do their homework, play with friends during weekends or even enjoy a movie.

  • This affects the child’s physical and emotional development.

  • Children of single parents also become exposed to risks of early involvement in drug abuse, early sexual experiences.

  • It is not that single parents are not able to love their children enough.

  • Single parents give hard love to compensate for the lost love of both parents

  • It is quite stressing and sometimes may go wrong, leaving the parent frustrated.

  1. Role of Single Parent Advocate

  • Single Parent Advocate recognizes the problem of single parenthood in America and has come out strongly to support single parents with education, training, and equipping and empowering them with resources, social networking, practical assistance, and emotional support in order to enhance their lives and that of their children.

  1. Now We Know

  • Have you ever stopped and thought about your neighbor who is a single parent, or your colleague in school who is from a single parent household?

  • This people endure a lot of physical, social and emotional stress in trying to balance between family, work and friends.

  1. Conclusion

  • Talking to them, helping them physically, and giving them moral support can make a great difference in millions of lives of parents and their children.

  • And we should remember it is not by choice that these parents stay single, there are several reasons that have pushed them to this misery, which we can help relieve.

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