Single parenthood is often frightening and presents a lot of uncertainties and challenges for the parent. The responsibility of raising children is an enormous one, and when there is no one to help you out on this front, it looks even more daunting. However, if handled with patience and determination, even single parenthood can bring many positive results.
Single parents have to work hard to earn money whether they like it or not because they have no one else who will help to provide financial support or someone with whom they can divide the responsibilities of parenting.
The immediate consequence of a divorce is the question of who should be appointed to take care of the little kids. Arranging for baby-sitters and caretakers is not always easy, and sometimes, single parents have to face the consequences of an irresponsible baby-sitter.
A child younger than three or four years of age presents challenges of his own. Small children rely on their mothers to feed them, carry them along wherever they go and change their clothes.
If you are a single parent, you cannot hire someone for 24 hours to take care of your child. A good option is to leave your child at your parents’ house for a few hours. If you have older kids who can take care of the younger ones, you can even leave them alone in the house. These are some of the challenges of the early years.
When children grow up and become teenagers, their demands increase and they become difficult to handle. Children try to find solace in someone who is older but of the same sex. They face problems related to puberty and find it hard to discuss those problems with their parent. Ultimately they become distant.
Single parents have to monitor their children very closely to point out some of their mistakes or instances of bad behavior. You should take time out of you busy schedule and spend the time with you children to prevent your children from becoming lonely, sad and reserved. As a single parent, you need to be there to help your children whenever they need you.
Like any other responsibility in this world, single parenthood also brings some advantages of its own. Single parents are able to raise their children according to their own likeness. As a single parent, you do not have another person of authority who will argue with you about every matter. If you have enough income coming into the house, you can wholeheartedly concentrate on your children’s education and well being and try your best to make them responsible members of society.
Children who grow up in a single parent home often mature very early in life. They recognize their responsibilities and try to become independent as soon as possible to ease off the burden on their parent’s shoulders. This is again one of the advantages of single parenthood.
Single parents have the benefit of raising their children according to their own religion and personal values. There is no danger of mixed identity or conflict of religious or political views. Although children should be given a chance to choose their own course, this factor plays an important role in guiding them to the right path.
With only one parent to look up to, these children understand the importance of a family life and when the time comes to meet someone and get married themselves, they very actively accept their duties as a spouse and later on as a parent.