Running Head: IMPACTS OF SINGLE-PARENT FAMILIES
Single Parent Families:
How Single Parenthood drastically impacts the family.
CO118 Communication Skills
February 27, 2017
This research paper will explore the impact on the family that is run by a single parent. Different online sources will be used to conduct and compile research to analyze three main family aspects: The impact on the financial capabilities of the family, the impact on the social behavior of the family, and on the psychological fitness of the family. Comment by Grammarly: Deleted:u
Keywords: Single-parent families
Single Parenthood is, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is, "a parent who lives with a child or children and no husband, wife, or partner" (Merriam-Webster, 2017). But is that it? Is there more to that title than the simple definition? The answer is 'yes.' One of the most compelling changes in modern family dynamics is the number of single-parent households, which have steadily grown towards the end of the twentieth century. Single-parent families many negative and positive impacts on the parents and children. The repercussions of a single-parent family have a significant influence on the economic, social, and the psychological condition of a both the parent and children. Comment by Grammarly: Deleted:' Comment by Grammarly: Deleted:fami Comment by Grammarly: Deleted:ie Comment by Grammarly: Deleted:Th Comment by Grammarly: Deleted:s Comment by Grammarly: Deleted:h Comment by Grammarly: Deleted:m Comment by Grammarly: Deleted:jor
The financial situation in these families is often unstable. Across North America, the income of a single parent earning minimum wage often falls short of what is vital to make ends meet. Even parents who have well-paying jobs struggle to provide and find themselves not able to make ends meet for their family's needs. Some experts predict that it costs almost $250,000 to raise a child to the age of 18. Childcare itself can cost up to $20,000 a year, and many single parents barely make enough money to pay for living expenses. Because of these substantial expenses, many single parents, especially mothers, turn to welfare. Comment by Grammarly: Deleted:s Comment by Grammarly: Deleted:s Comment by Grammarly: Deleted:, Comment by Grammarly: Deleted:, Comment by Grammarly: Deleted:dre Comment by Grammarly: Deleted:dfu
When one has a child, their parental instincts tell them always to be available and to raise that child. This instinct is conflicted with reality, as single parents are likely the financial providers, consequently staying home is not an economically viable option. This is a major issue, as many of these children grow up missing a parental figure, as the parent must spend time working to provide for the family's needs. This results in stress and a feeling of guilt among these parents as they recognize that they are not available, as when they return home they are often too tired to be tr...