Raising A Child As A Single Parent Essay

865 Words Jul 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Most people will agree that raising a child is hard enough as it is, but having to raise a child or children as a single parent only makes it that much harder. It does not only affect the single parent, but also the child and most of the time in a negative way. In 2012, there were 12.2 million single parents (U.S. Census Bureau). This is due to parents getting pregnant so young, getting divorced and even losing a parent due to death. Single parents are becoming more common in today’s day and age. There are positives that can come from being raised in a single parent family. It is just easier and better to raise children with both parents. Children who are raised by a single parent find that it is difficult growing up. A child raised by the opposite gender will have a harder time growing up as teenagers. Their parent might have a difficult time explaining what puberty is to them or how to handle it. Even teaching them how to date others will be difficult since they were never in their shoes growing up. Children of single parent families will notice that they will get to spend less time with their parent since they are working all the time just to get enough to provide for them. These children are at a higher risk to drop out of high school. They also have higher risk of teenage delinquency and pregnancy. This is due to the fact that both parents are not there to guide them the right way. Less than half (46%) of U.S. kids younger than 18 years of age are living in a home with…

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