How Does Single Parents Affect Children
The steady uproar of a child ran throughout the hallway as Tanya’s daughter, Rose, fell beside her and gazed curiously up at her mother. Tanya could tell that something was bugging her darling child, so she didn’t hesitate to ask her what was wrong.
Rose speaking a choppy yet understandable tone began to explain. “Mommy, I-I don’t understand... If Tommy has two parents and so does Carly, then why don’t I?” Tanya, shocked by the words creeping through Rose’s curious mouth, began to cry. “Mommy, what’s wrong?”
“Nothing dear,” she sputtered back at Rose. Tanya took a few minutes to gather herself but then stated boldly at Rose, “You don’t have two parents because your Daddy left before you were born.
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Living in a low class household will minimal amounts of money, is a stressful situation that affects a child’s emotions. Marie Kunz depicts this in her writing The Effects of a Single Parent Home on a Child 's Behavior. Children have a tough time coping with stress and this can cause emotional strain that proceeds in anger, along with confusion and malicious behavior (Kunz par. 3). A child that is too young to understand their situation can become easily unsettled and choose to act poorly; older children can also become angry at their parents and also affiliate themselves with illegal activity. In the same way, Kunz describes the emotional effects that aren’t connected to financial constrictions. Many children who have been left by a parent can have feelings of betrayal, desolation, and lack skills that help build relationships (Kunz par. 3). Knowing that a parent had no interest in spending time with the child can damage their emotions extremely. It 's understandable that the child wouldn’t want to build relationships in fear of them being taken away. More importantly, Paul Amato analyzes in his Journal of Marriage and Child Well Being that conflicts between parents has a direct effect on children. Amato states that “Interparental conflict is a direct stressor for children, and it can also interfere with their attachments to parents, resulting in feelings of emotional insecurity” (Amato par. 6). Living in a single-parent household is bound to have conflict with biological parents. When a child experiences these conflicts, it can alter relationships and make them unsure who to side