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|Effects Of Single Parenting On Children's Health by Scheun(f): 2:16pm On Jul 25, 2018|
Single parenthood is a situation where a single parent takes care of a single or many children without any assistance, mostly physically, from the other biological parent. Due to the increased changes from the traditional ways of doing things, over the years, single parents have increased. Over the past three decades single-parent families have become more widespread than the so-called "nuclear family" consisting of a mother, father and children. Nowadays, we observe and witness all types of single parent families: headed by mothers, headed by fathers, headed by a grandparent raising their grandchildren. Life in a single parent home while familiar can be reasonably nerve-racking for the adult and the children. The single parent may experience beleaguered by the task of caring for the children, maintaining a profession and keeping up with the bills and domestic responsibilities. The concept of single parenting referred to in some cases as single parenthood has, become one of the upsetting issues of societies. It is found everywhere around the world, in advanced and developing countries.
Effects of Single Parenting on Child Heath can also be in the same way tormenting for the children as they depend on bonding and response to their needs in order to develop cognitively and socially. In a two-parent family, it is easier for one parent to respond to the child’s needs in the absence of the other, but in a single-parent home, it can make bonding more hard. Without a lot of interaction elsewhere, this could hinder a child’s social development. In mother-only families, children have a tendency to experience short-and long-term economic and psychological disadvantages; higher absentee rates at school, lower levels of education, and higher dropout rates (with boys more negatively affected than girls); and more antisocial activity, including alcohol and drug addiction. Adolescents, on the other hand, are more negatively affected by parental disagreement prior to divorce than by living in single-parent families and actually gain in responsibility as a result of altered family routines. Children in single-mother homes are also more likely to experience health-related problems as a result of the decline in their living standard, including the lack of health insurance Children from single-parent families become adults, they are more likely to marry early, have children early, and divorce. Girls are at greater risk of becoming single mothers as a result of non marital childbearing or divorce.
It can be easy for kids to feel lonely and depressed if they spend more time alone, which can make it challenging for them to learn how to socialize with other children. They may suffer from feeling abandoned by one of their parents and can have difficulty with connecting with other individuals due to a lack of confidence. If they feel like one of their parents doesn’t love them, they may not understand why someone else would see their value
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