Single Motherhood Of A Single Parent Family Life On Children Fall Into Two Categories

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Single Motherhood in The Bean Trees
In the United States, the effects of single-parent family life on children fall into two categories: 1) those attributed to the lower socioeconomic status of single parents and 2) the short-term consequences of divorce that moderate over time (Jrank 1). A single-parent family can be defined as a family where a parent lives with a dependent child/children, within either a house just for them, or a larger household, without a partner and/or spouse. Raising a child can be quite difficult, but being a single mother and raising one independently is even more difficult as one can see it happening in The Bean Trees. In The Bean Trees there are several examples of mothering, but none of them are "normal.” Taylor, Lou Anne, and as Esperanza are three mothers, but none of them fit the stereotypical mother figure. Taylor avoided pregnancy her whole life, but ends up taking care of an Indian child who was not hers. Lou Anne 's husband abandoned her before her child was born, and Esperanza had to let go of her baby so other people in her life could be saved. In the book The Bean Trees the author, Kingsolver, suggest that it is too unrealistic to expect mothers to be perfect. She shows that the decision of Esperanza abandoning her child was very painful, but it was the right thing to do. In the book, Taylor 's daughter Turtle was left with a babysitter who is blind and ended up being attacked by an attacker. She does not blame these mothers for this…

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