Single-parent families are determined by thesex of the "PRIMARY CARER", responsible for the children the majority of the time, and they can be either mother-only or father-only families. There are various reason for their formation, such as divorce, seperation, widowhood or because the parents were never married. If single parenthood is a result of a separation or divorce the non custidian parent is still entitled to spend time with the children and shares some part of the responsibility.
Today single parent families have become even more common than the so called "NUCLEAR FAMILY" consisting of a mother, father and children: headed by mothers, father and even by a grantparent raising their grantchildren.
LIFE IN A SINGLE PARENT HOUSEHOLD _ though common_ can be quite stressful for the adult and the children. The single parent may feel overwhelmed by the responsiblities of juggling caring for the children maintaining a job and keeping up with bill and household chores. And typically, the family's financend resources and drastically reduced following the parent's breakup.
Single parent families deals with many other pressures and potential problem areas that other familiesmay not face.
STRESSORS FACED BY SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES
* Visitation and custody problems.
* The effects of continuing conflict between the parents
* Less for opportunity for parents and children to spend time together.
* Effects of the breakup on children's school
* Distruptions of extended family relationships.
* Problems caused by the parents' dating and entering new relationships.
The single parent can help family members face these difficulties by talking with each other about their feelings and working together to tackle problems. Supportfrom friends , family members and places of worship can help too. But if family members are still overwhelmedand having problems, it may be time to consult and expert or a lincensed mental health profssional.
Its is more beneficial to be raised by the both parents compared to only being raised by a single parent.