Single Parent and Child: When two human beings of the opposite sex either in love or arranged by family decide to get married, form an institute. They promise to share all the joys and sorrows together for a whole life. Then they decide mutually to have children. They both shoulder the responsibilities jointly to rear the children. Whatever issue it is–financial, social, emotional or spiritual etc.where ever their role is required is done individually. Here the child feels secure and grows very well in the shadow of the couple.
Have we ever thought about what difficulties a single parent faces to rear the child? There can be so many reasons– the sudden death of the spouse, separation due to domestic violence, divorce, extramarital affairs, or any other reason. It becomes very difficult to explain to the child about the situation. When a child is born he registers the image of both in his mind. Suddenly when he finds one of them missing, it is not easy to comprehend the situation. Somewhat his psychology is also hurt.
Children who live outside of the two-parent family tend to fare worse than those who live with two parents. When children have two parents in the household who are able to pool the available resources. I also feel that economic resources play a key role in determining children’s educational success. Though I don’t mean to suggest that economic resources are the only things that matter for children’s success — parenting and family.
As per famous sociologists: “living in a single-parent family is strongly correlated with school failure and problems of delinquency, drug use, teenage pregnancies, poverty, and welfare dependency.”
children with no fathers are three times more likely to be unhappy and are also more likely to engage in anti-social behavior. As for single father or mother, well it maybe some of them try their level best, but they are up against it, forever trying to lure their children from the brink of aggression, addiction, and crime.
I think we observe children raised by two have twice the love, affection, and security. It is also true each of the parents in a married couple all the better in rearing their children having love and support for each other also. Though we understand that many problems come in rearing a child by a single parent. The children still perform and behave nicely if they are made understand properly on time and this is just that being a mature human being the single parent himself/herself mentally stable. Nowadays we are also observing people who don’t want to get married but want babies by adopting or by any other mode are rearing their children by explaining them the facts.
“Being a single parent can be a challenging but rewarding experience. By showing your child love and respect, talking honestly and staying positive, you can lessen your stress and help your child thrive.”