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Single-Parent Families - Demographic Trends, Mother-only And Father-only Families, Challenges Of Single-parenting

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Single-parent families can be defined as families where a parent lives with dependent children, either alone or in a larger household, without a spouse or partner. There was a rapid and drastic increase in the number of single-parent families in the latter half of the twentieth century. This change has been used by some to argue that we are witnessing the breakdown of the family (defined as a married couple residing with their dependent offspring) with negative effects for children, families, and society (Popenoe 1996). Others suggest that single-parent families have been present in all societies over time and should not be viewed as deviant or problematic, but rather as an alternative family form (Coontz 1997). Regardless of how family diversity is viewed, the increase in and prevalence of families headed by one parent has a major influence on the social, economic, and political context of family life.

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over 7 years ago

I was 7 when my parents divorced and I will tell you Kenzij the first thing that comes out of my mouth is the phrase what could I have done to say this marriage?Mind you I'm learning disabled,with a spech impediment at the time.The fact remains you're a reflection of a strong love they shared and they need to concentrate on that.You can be the strong one and keep them in line and say its not about whos righr or wrong its about making sure we can all co-exist and be a family even if its not under one roof.I hope for your Sake Kenzij that your parents don't make this harder on you then need be.Don't allow the lawyers to destroy whatever bond you do have with your perspective parents by allowing them to pit one parent against the other.This needs to be about your emotional well being not there self serving lawyers.

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over 8 years ago

my dad is or got a divoce with my mom on tuesday and i need ideas on what to do??

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over 8 years ago


I don't know how old you are, but is there a school counselor, teacher, or even a school nurse you can talk to? I know it may be difficult to do this, but actually talking with someone who knows you is best. These people can also have training for this and are in their jobs because they care. Also, and again I know this is hard, talk to your Mom and Dad and let them know how this is affecting you. Whatever problem(s) they have that they cannot stay together, they should be making sure this causes YOU the least amount of trouble. That's their job as parents. They both still love you, even if they cannot live together anymore.

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over 2 years ago

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over 3 years ago

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over 4 years ago

Interesting that Ferguson Missouri has such a high level of single parent families:


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almost 6 years ago

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