The Single Parent

Introduction

Raising a child as a single parent is not easy. I chose this topic because I come from a single parent family and this has impacted me in a number of ways. This paper aims to look at effects of being raised by a single parent in adulthood and childhood development. Research materials for writing this paper were obtained from literature materials. This included reviewing all readily available research materials that have been done on this topic. This included on-line databases , newspapers, annual reports, magazines, company literature, and any other published materials. Using this kind of information is inexpensive, and uses less time especially use of web materials. However using published materials can take a lot of time especially when you have to visit the library. Web materials are very fast to use since there is no need to visit a library to access information.

Information used to write this paper was also obtained from personal experience and talking to people and their experience. This is first hand information and very useful in a study. Conversing with persons is a good way to get information throughout the initial phases of a study. It can be utilized to accumulate data that are not publicly available, or that is too new to be found in the publications. For instance use of meetings with prospects, customers, suppliers, and other types of business dialogues at trade displays, seminars, and association meetings. Whereas often precious, the information has dubious validity because it is highly personal and might not be representative of the population.

Review

Economic stress

A single parent has so many tasks to take care of, and could seem like a mouse racing on a wheel, where she's continually running endeavoring to sustain a correct house and raise wholesome children. Emotions may run high in a lone parent dwelling as both parent and child labor to navigate this path. There are many trials that the parent has to face, but it's significant to take them one step at a time. The single parent may have a hard time being a sole provider for the whole family. Especially if they are freshly alone, they may have to adapt to dwelling on less cash than you are accustomed. This can lead to juggle bills and probably this may force the single parent look for more than one job. Working multiple occupations leaves little time to spend with the child, which could make the parent feeling guilty.

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Too many tasks

Being overloaded with numerous jobs can lead to feeling swamped or out of command. After working for eight-hours in her job, the parent should then return dwelling to entire chores, cook the evening meal and spend quality time with her progeny. The parent cannot share these responsibilities with anyone, so everything rests with her. If there is a need that she/he cannot provide, the parent may seem guilty that she will not do everything flawlessly. Being swamped could lead to mental and personal fatigue, causing stress within the home. It is significant that the single parent find a couple of minutes in each day to take time for herself or ask family and associates to help her (Hayman, 2008).

Effects on development

Infants rely on bonding and response to their needs in alignment to evolve cognitively and communally. In a two-parent household, it is easier for one parent to reply to the baby's needs when the other is unavailable, but in a single-parent set up, bonding between the child and parent can be more difficult. As a point of augments, the parent might find that they do not have enough time to spend with them, particularly if they spend their days employed and still have chores to attend to at home. Without an allotment of interaction in another place, this could hinder a child's communal development (Singer Harris, 2003).

Single parents also face the problem of loneliness. They have so many tasks with no one to help or even consult. This can affect the parent socially making them to be secluded and spend all their available time with their children. To help children from a single parent develop socially, it is important to encourage them to interact with their other children during holidays. They can go and spend their time with other family members or friends during the summer period. Being from a single parent family is not all negative; children raised by single parents develop strengthened relationship with other family members such as aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Children from single parents develop a bit more independence which is an asset in building their confidence in the future (Hayman, 2008).

Being from a single parent family can create a lot of psychological problems to both children and the parent. One of them is the question of what will happen if a death tragedy happens to the parent who is the sole provider. This is untold by the persons involved and can create stress to the children. Another psychological problem arises when the children keep wondering why the other parents rejected them. This kind of feeling may affect their future relationships with their spouses. The negative attitude towards the parent who did not accept then may carry on to their marriages and can lead to several breakups.

References

  1. Hayman, S. (2008). Single parenting. Blacklick, OH: McGraw-Hill Companies.

  2. Singer, R.D., Harris A.S ( 2003). Psychological development in children. Philadelphia Saunders.

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