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Nowadays many people in America are raising there children without there spouse Whether its due to a death divorce or simply not knowing who the parent is recently America has seen an explosion in the number of single parent households It is difficult and challenging to be a parent today and it is even more difficult to raise children alone Parents are often overwhelmed and lacking the parenting skills necessary to do a good job But good solid parenting has less to do with the number of parents in the home and more to do with the quality of parenting Whether the single parent household is headed by a mother or father raising children alone is an enormous task Single mothers and fathers need to establish strong support networks personal friendships and new social networks and work on improving their self-esteem Many single parents learn to live on reduced incomes find acceptable ways to deal with a non-custodial parent and redefine their relationships with their children Some of the effects on children of growing up in single parent households is that children miss out on the role modeling of the non-present parent and this has long term damaging effects Another result of growing up in a single parent household is that these children are believed to be poorly prepared in school are over stressed and are poorer students than children from two parent households Other results may include bearing children out of wedlock and having trouble keeping jobs as young adults There is no single solution to raising children alone but sometimes becoming a single parent can be prevented Practicing safe sex and not having children until your married will help insure both parents are present For those whom are already single parents there are web sites and books that offer tips and tricks on raising your children and handling life living as a single parent
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