Single Parents Essay

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Single Parent, Then and Now Why are there more than 20 million kids in the United States that lives with a single parent? The parents are getting younger, the parents of these children are taking care of their grandchildren and no one sense to think that being a positive role model is important. Girls are getting pregnant as young as nine years old. Most single parents, according to national statistics, are black, women, and live in poverty. The roles at which they play are not as influential as the parents in the past. The roles and perceptions of the single parent families will continue to degrade if no one corrects the problem. In the past, parents worked hard to make an honest living to provide food, clothing, and education for their children. In the present the single parent does not have to get a job to provide, because she is too young to work. Her mother now has to take care of her and her child. The number of children living in a grandparent's home has increased significantly over the past decade, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In the past single parents were perceived as strong and moralized families. Mothers’ of the past did what was necessary to keep their family functional. Today’s single parent families’ perceptions are not good images by any means. Past parents where great role models. Those parents told their child what to do, how to do it, and what not to do. Parents made sure that their children had great guidance. Parents also paid close attention to their children. This attention is no longer paid to the child. It is paid to extra activities like clubbing and hanging out with friends. Those activates leave no room for positive advisement for their child. In order for things to change and get better, the parents of today’s society have to become proactive and responsible for their own. They are also going to need to be

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