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Parenthood is defined as carrying the responsibilities of a parent, while the word parent simply means a father or a mother. A single parent is simply that one parent raises a child in their household without a partner living with them. Single-parenting would cause a problem to both parent and child. Less opportunity for parents and children to spend time together. Effects of the breakup on children's school performance and peer relations. Disruptions of extended family relationships. Problems caused by the parents' dating and entering new relationships.

Single parent households usually have a shortage of finances, which can have emotional effects on the children, such as increased frustration and anger and an increased danger of violent behavior. They might experience feelings of sadness, anxiety, loneliness, abandonment, and have difficulty with socializing. If parents aren't able to cope with the stress caused by single parenting, they run the risk of experiencing burnout. This is a common condition among single parents that can often lead to increased anxiety, depression, and physical health issues.

Single-parent children can feel frightened, stressed, and frustrated by the difference between their lives and their friends'. Children of single parents are more prone to various psychiatric illnesses, alcohol abuse, and suicide attempts than children from homes with two parents. Children raised by single mothers are more likely to fare worse on a number of dimensions, including their school achievement, their social and emotional development, their health and their success in the labor market. 

Single parenting disadvantages:

  • Having less money. ‌As a single parent, you may be at a financial disadvantage.
  • Spending less quality time. 
  • Work overload and multitasking‌.
  • Negative feelings.
  • Behavioral problems.
  • Relationship problems.

Today single parent families have become even more common than the so-called “nuclear family” consisting of a mother, father, and children. A single-parenting would be better if a sole parent can provide the required secure emotional base, clear boundaries, love and warmth that children need for healthy standard development. Children can thrive with one loving role model. Spending time together is the real key to a happy and mentally healthy child.

Children raised by single parents can be just as happy and mentally healthy as children living with two biological parents. Whether a child has one parent or more, children do well when they have parenting that's nurturing, warm, sensitive, responsive and flexible.

Single parenting advantages:

  • Undivided attention. ‌Children of a single parent usually get their parent's undivided attention. 
  • Freedom to make decisions.
  • Fewer arguments. 
  • Good role model. 
  • Independence and responsibility. 
  • Sense of belonging. 
  • Close relationship. 
  • Positive parenting.

The hardest part of being a single parent is that there's no one to lean on. The loneliness is hands down the toughest part of single motherhood. As pretty much any single mom will tell you, having a child on your own is not selfish at all. In fact, being a single mom is one of the most selfless things you can do. Single moms don't often have much time and/or money to spend on themselves. Everything they do is for their families.

Being a single parent doesn't mean you're alone. You may have family members, friends, or neighbors nearby that can pitch in when you need them. Being a single parent is even much better rather than having a violent spouse or unsupportive husband. Don't be too harsh on your self thinking about what your child could feel without a mom or a dad. Raising them alone is already enough for them to feel that you love them.  

Read related blogs: Baby's Basic Needs: Food, Shelter and Clothing and It's Easy To Become A Dad, But Harder To Become A Father

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