Single Parent Essay

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Global Social Issues and Change Julia Moreno-Vega, Michelle Martin, Maria Zamora, Suzanne Hayes SOC/100 6/1/2011 Joseph Becker Global Social Issues and Change Melissa dresses her 3-year-old daughter for bed; she pulls up the blankets, tucks her in, and begins to read a bedtime story. Not long after Melissa’s daughter is fast asleep and although Melissa wants to do the same, the laundry is waiting, along with her older son who needs help with his homework. The parental duties for Melissa do not end, she does it all, and she does it alone. Melissa is a single mother and for many across the country this is a familiar place. According to the U.S. Census a single parent runs in every three American families with children under 18 (U.S. Census 2011). Globally the structure and characteristics of a family have seen change. The traditional family structure consisting of a mother, father, and children is no longer the norm. Many question the reason for the rise in single parenting, focusing largely on a change in social values, including attitudes on marriage, and divorce. The trend is too familiar, especially in the Central Valley. “About one in three families with children are now headed by a single parent in Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Madera, and Merced counties. Single-mother families make up more than 70% of these house-holds” (Alexander, 2011). Single-parents are those who care for one or more children without the physical assistance of the other biological parent in the home. Single parenthood occurs for a variety of reasons; divorce, adoption, artificial insemination, death of a parent, child abuse, or abandonment by one of the biological parents. One major factor in today’s society are teen pregnancies, there are a massive amount of young girls becoming pregnant as a result of a short-term relationship, and a lack of knowledge in

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