Two factors have contributed more than any other—the sharp increase of divorce-on-demand and unwed births. Both thorny issues have a common root—the decline of the institution of marriage.
At mid-century, the United States was probably the most marrying society in the world. Marriage has been losing its social purpose. In place of commitment and obligation to others, especially children, marriage has become mainly a vehicle for the emotional fulfillment of the adult partners. Fewer than 50 percent of Americans today cite “being married” as part of their definition of “family values.” . . . This loss of social purpose is part of the broader cultural shift toward a radical form of individualism that accelerated rapidly in the 1960s.
While divorce and unwed pregnancies are still the leading causes of fatherlessness in America, poverty, violence, and disease are the root causes globally. Additionally, radical feminism has done much to render fathers superfluous in developed countries, as well as challenge traditional interpretations of God’s Word.
While divorce and unwed pregnancies are still the leading causes of fatherlessness in America, poverty, violence, and disease are the root causes globally.
There is no doubt that many women get along very well without men in their lives, and that having the wrong men in their lives can be unfortunate, even disastrous. But just as it seems to increase assaults on children, fatherlessness appears to generate more violence against women. Partly this is a matter of arithmetic. More than two-thirds of violence (assault, robbery and rape) against women is committed by unrelated acquaintances or strangers. As the number of unattached males in the population goes up, so does the incidence of violence toward women.
In fact, marriage appears to be a strong safety factor for women. A satisfactory marriage between sexually faithful partners, especially when they are raising their own children, engenders fewer risks for violence than probably any other circumstance in which a woman could find herself. Recent surveys of violent-crime victimization have found that only 12.6 of every 1,000 married women fall victim to violence, compared with 43.9 of every 1,000 never-married women and 66.5 of every 1,000 divorced or separated women.
The financial factor should also be considered. Most single parents want the best for their children despite the circumstances.
The financial factor should also be considered. Most single parents want the best for their children despite the circumstances. Although there are an increasing number of single parent homes in the U.S., the effects can often be long-term for kids who are in the care of a single mother or father. Most single parents work long hours to meet the financial needs of the family. It is necessary to run the household and raise the children. There may be chances when you have to deny your kids from their requirements, and you may have to juggle repeatedly between financial commitments. Your child may thus be not able to take the opportunities he always dreamt of due to financial concerns.
It may be hard to maintain discipline in the home as a single parent will be the only disciplinarian, which can give rise to behavioral problems in children.
You may feel intense sorrow when your child envies pals who live with both parents. Making new relationships are difficult especially when your little one is jealous or suspicious.
A single mother may attach to her children so badly for company and support that it makes difficult for the child to leave the house.
A single mother may attach to her children so badly for company and support that it makes difficult for the child to leave the house. The various responsibilities of child raising, housework, and earning, will not give the parent enough time for themselves. It moreover results in adding stress, fatigue and pressure. The income is small which may give less access to child health care.
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