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One of the biggest joys in life is becoming a parent however being a single parent comes with many challenges and choices A single mother is usually the primary caregiver of her child or children I will explore the challenges single mothers face and what benefits are available for them I will also explore how much of our tax dollars actually go to funding these programs for single mothers and their children In addition I will compare the benefits single mothers receive in the United States compared to that of other countriesNot only meeting the daily physical needs but also supplying the financial and mental needs of her child With daily struggles as the sole provider of her household not only will she feel the stress of these struggles not only affecting her but her child as well Many single mother households live in poverty or severe poverty According to Single Mother Poverty in the United States in 2010 single families make up the 422 poverty rate The Census Bureau 2010 reports that over half of the families that are poverty stricken are those of single mother homes In fact the U S has the highest poverty rate since the mid-2000s for single mother homes compared to 15 high income countries Single mothers often must deal with decisions based on survival of their household rather that wants and desires Annie-Rose Strasser author of America Provides Far Less Support To Single Parents Than Other Wealthy Countries states in her article that the United States offers the fewest resources to single parents The benefits the US offers does not allow flexibility for single mothers so they are able to have a job and ensure adequate daycare for their child Without flexibility for single mothers they are more likely to lose their job should their child become ill or should they not have adequate daycare
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