One Parent Homes Versus Two Parent Homes Essay

689 Words Mar 30th, 2011 3 Pages
Mahalia White
C Almon
One Parent Homes Versus Two Parent Homes Traditionally, the family unit was made up of father, mother, and children. Today, one out of every two children in the United States will live in a single-parent family at some time before they reach age 18. According the United States Census Bureau, in 2002 about 20 million children lived in a household with only their mother or their father. This is more than one-fourth of all children in the United States. Most single-parent situations result from divorce, but some school-age children have experienced the death of a parent. Others may have been adopted by an unmarried individual. Children born to a mother who was never married accounted for
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Children who have a strong relationship with their parents are more likely to respect the authority of their parents. The problem with single parent is the fact that usually the single parent does not have the time to help the child develop a close relationship with them. Another problem is a child unable to build a strong relationship with a parent they do not live with and often do not see on a regular basis. As far as two parent households compared to one parent households, is that children need both of their parents in the household to build a close relationship with and to teach them to respect the parents authority. True, not all children from two parent households have close relationships with their parents, but it is much more likely. Single parent homes not only reflect or cause stress upon children, but also upon the parent. Single parents especially feel stress when a father or mother figure is not present. Single parents often report that they always worried about money. Not only was money a big issue, but also time and energy. Single parents are put under pressure from about every aspect of their lives, and without a spouse there to help raise a family, pay the bills, and to show them love, the single mother must nearly feel hopeless. In closing, a family unit consists of a father and a mother with their

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