PersuasiveWriting: Single Parenthood
Singleparenthood is a phenomenon that any society has to live with. Everysingle day, people are divorcing, or dying. Well, this divorces ordeaths lead to one thing one parent is left to take care of a childor children. Being a single parent is a challenging experience. Forwhatever reason, a single parent must juggle between his or herchildren, work and social life. Children raised in single parenthouseholds also have their own challenges. Helping single parents andtheir children to live a fulfilling life is one of the noblest thingsto do in support of the family unit.
Theproblem of single parenthood in the United States is worsening eachday. According to 2010 statistics, the number of households with asingle parent has doubled since 1960. Well, this is despite anincrease in the number of households with children by 160,000 in thesame period. It is estimated that, the number of single parents inthe country rose by 1.2 million in the span of 50 years (Andersen,2013). Consequently, every one in three children in America todaylive with one parent. 15 million of them live with their mothers onlywhile 5 million more live with their fathers (Andersen, 2013). Well,this is a huge number, which shows how many households are strugglingwith single parenthood.
Singleparenthood presents various challenges to the parent. The parent hasto balance between work, household chores and socialization. Many aretimes when such parents abandon their social lives and concentratewith their family and work. This is distressing and unhealthy and canlead to psychological stress, which can spill over to children(Biblarz& Stacey, 2010).
Besides,most single parents are left with the responsibility of supportingthe child or children in their care. This can be financiallystraining especially in the times when the standards of living areincreasing day in day out (Sarsour,et al. 2011).If such parents find extra work, they may end lacking time to spendwith their children completely. This affects the family relationshipas children may grow without the love of a parent.
Childrenin single parenthood households also have their own challenges. Sincethey are alone with one of the parents, they may be forced to take upsome chores to assist the busy parent. Say for example, a daughterraised with her mother or father may be forced to perform householdchores at an early age. This denies a child the chance to enjoychildhood (Minnotte,2012).They may not have enough time to do their homework, play with friendsduring weekends or even enjoy a movie. This affects the child’sphysical and emotional development.
Childrenof single parents also become exposed to risks of early involvementin drug abuse, early sexual experiences as they may lack a role modelor someone to talk to them about the issues affecting them (Schargel& Smink, 2014).It is not that single parents are not able to love their childrenenough, no. it is the circumstances that present them with challengesthat may not allow them time to show their love and support to theirchildren. In fact, at times single parents give hard love tocompensate for the lost love of both parents (Single Parent Advocate,n.d). It is quite stressing and sometimes may go wrong, leaving theparent frustrated.
SingleParent Advocate recognizes the problem of single parenthood inAmerica and has come out strongly to support single parents witheducation, training, and equipping and empowering them withresources, social networking, practical assistance, and emotionalsupport in order to enhance their lives and that of their children(Single Parent Advocate, n.d). This organization is not for profitand entirely depends on donors to fund this noble course.
Iwould like as to challenge ourselves on this issue of singleparenthood. Have you ever stopped and thought about your neighbor whois a single parent, or your colleague in school who is from a singleparent household? It is obvious that everyone have had an encounterwith such people. This people endure a lot of physical, social andemotional stress in trying to balance between family, work andfriends.
Itdoesn’t have to be like that, we can all make a change. Talking tothem, helping them physically, and giving them moral support can makea great difference in millions of lives of parents and theirchildren. We may not be able to offer financial aid, but we can offera lot to these families. They need more than money! In fact,financial stress may be the least of worries for most single parenthousehold. And we should remember it is not by choice that theseparents stay single, there are several reasons that have pushed themto this misery, which we can help relieve the stress presented bythis experience. Ultimately, we all deserve to be happy, and shoulddo everything to make others happy as well!
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