From very early on we are given a strong idea of what a family looks like, and it usually consists of mommy, daddy, brother and sister. This idea is pushed via movies, books and everyday life deceiving us in to believing that happily ever after can only exist in this scenario, but what happens when it don’t turn out that way?
The answer is evident and is taking place all over the world, in Britain alone there are 2 million single parents! Unfortunately most of these single parents are women who are forced to make tough decisions, either swim against the current or get swept away leading you to one destination which is often one with poor life chances.
Now the dynamics of single parents is vast because of course as we started to tackle these high numbers we first have to clarify how single these parents are. What I mean here is when parents are successful at establishing good co parenting despite separation we can quickly anticipate the well being of the child. But when it all goes wrong and communication can’t be established it is unfortunate that the only one that suffers is the child who is in no way deserving of this outcome.
In the absence of the father, mothers are forced to be both mommy and daddy, not only taking on the goodie and baddie role’s but also working through times of illness which can only impact their well being. This means children are being raised by mothers who are often working under extremely stressful conditions, and when they get things wrong, people fail to remember this.
Why we live in a country that seems to make it all to easy for fathers to abandon their responsibilities. Child Support doesn’t make a great father, emotional support does, and whilst mothers continue to play mommy and daddy, I question the well being of a generation raised in one parent families. I could go on but I think thats enough to think about for now!