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How to Make Lemonade When Life Gives You Lemons - Single Parenting

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How to Make Lemonade When Life Gives You Lemons Single Parenting by Reasons and Statistics Single parent families are different to families with two parents living under the same roof. There are different reasons why a person becomes a single parent such as divorce, broken relationship, death, adoption or living apart though being married. Whatever the reason is; the facts are as follows: The percentage of children who live with two parents has been declining among all racial and ethnic groups. There are 12,687,000 female single-parent households, and 4,028,000 male single parent households (or over 16,715,000 single parent families in the U.S.)(1) Furthermore 32% of all births were to unmarried women in 1997. (2)As a result 28% (20 million) of all children in the US under 18 live with one parent however 84% of children who live with one parent, live with their mother. Moreover 56% of single parent households had no other adult living in the house. (3)There are 11.9 million single parents in the US. The number of single mothers (9.8 million) has remained constant while the number of single fathers grew 25% in three years to 2.1 million in 1998. Men comprise one-sixth of the nation's single parents. (4)On child basis, of children living with one parent: 38% lived with a divorced parent; 35% with a never-married parent; 19% with a separated parent; 4% with a widowed parent; 4% with a parent whose spouse lived elsewhere because of business or some other reason.

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After visits, some parents question the child about the other parent; make them feel guilty for an enjoyable day, stress children at changeover times, lack being civil when met. Those endless conflicts mostly harm the child and make the non-custody parent feel as a disposable parent. (See resources # 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) Positives for the Single Parent and Child A child from a single parent home who is loved and supported has no more problems than a child from a two parent home. Feeling the responsibility of carrying the role of a dual-parent ,single parents can and usually do learn more about their child's ever changing emotional, physical, educational, nutritional, interpersonal, foundational, spiritual, and individual needs. The relationship between parent and child is close. (See resource # 27) Whether or not the child uses their free time constructively (for example, reading or playing sports) depends on discipline, family routine and quality time between parent and child - not whether the child has one or two parents living in the house.(see resource # 25) The child is typically mature and responsible. The parent is typically self-reliant and confident. The relationship between parent and child is close. Single parent families are less likely to rely on traditional gender-specific roles than two parent families.

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they may not get in a traditional two-parent family where the parents may get so caught up with making a living that they forget to make a family life. Teach your children about love and respect for others. Teach them about living in peace with themselves and others. Teach them how to value life and enjoy it. In short, teach them to count their blessings and not look at the bad situations they cannot change. Help them find ways to learn and grow from the experience. Teach them how to make lemonade when life gives you lemons. And do not forget, children learn by example, so be a good role model for them to follow by setting a good example. Statistical Data (1)US Census Bureau (2)National Center for Health Statistics (3)US Census Bureau March 1998 Supplement to the Current Population Survey (4)US Census Bureau Household and Family Characteristics March 1998 (5)US Census Bureau-Census Brief "Children with single parents-how they fare" September 1997 Resources 1)http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/(Pages)/Single_parenting?OpenDocument 2) http://www.singleparentcentral.com/factstat2.htm 3) My Parents Still Love Me Even Though They're Getting Divorced , by Lois V. Nightingale http://www.parentsworld.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=68&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0 4)http://www.medem.com/MedLB/article_detaillb.cfm?article_ID=ZZZP8QKDH4C&sub_cat=106 5)http://www.parentsplace.com/family/singleparent/articles/0,,563553_110039,00.html 6) http://singleparent.lifetips.com/Cat.asp__Q__id__E__55085 7) http://singleparents.about.com/cs/singlemoms/a/spkidsokschool.htm 8) http://www.solosingles.com/ssparent/esteemwordslanguage.htm 9) http://singleparents.about.com/od/disciplinebehavior/ 10) http://singleparents.about.com/od/childdevelopment/ 11) http://www.solosingles.com/ssparent 12) http://www.solosingles.com/ssparent/timeoutsformdiscipline.htm 13) http://www.solosingles.com/ssparent/timeoutsages.htm 14) http://www.solosingles.com/ssparent/disposabledads.htm 15) http://www.solosingles.com/ssparent/custody.htm 16) http://www.solosingles.com/ssparent/whosechild.htm 17) http://www.solosingles.com/ssparent/disposabledads.htm 18) http://www.solosingles.com/ssparent/noncustody.htm 19) http://www.solosingles.com/ssparent/noncustody1.htm 20) http://www.divorcecentral.com/parent/handbook/9.html 21) http://www.parentsplace.com/family/singleparent/articles/0,,239460_110007,00.html 22) http://www.parentsplace.com/family/singleparent/articles/0,,239460_110009,00.html 23) http://www.singleparentcentral.com/articles.htm 24) http://vtvt.essortment.com/singleparenting_rrwf.htm 25) http://www.serve.com/jnctg/jay/single.htm 26) http://www.realfamilies.com/artman/publish/article_10.shtml 27) http://singleparent.lifetips.com/RscArticleV.asp?id=1055 28) http://www.helwys.com/books/365.html

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