Single Parent Struggle


A number of everyday struggles and disadvantages are experienced by single-parent families today. Problems such families have to face can range from expensive day care, economic hardship, hurdles in balancing both home and work, and ability to spend limited quality time with children (Ambert, 2006).

In today’s scenario, the majority of single-parent families are headed by women. Research shows that these families face much more economic burden than single-father families. Single women do not earn as much as single men and the consequence of this is an economic struggle in the single-mother household.

Low incomes force single mothers to work overtime shift. This restricts them in spending ample time with their children. The result is that the child is left alone at home without the supervision of an adult or left in a daycare service for long hours. As there are no existing government-subsidized daycare units, single mothers have to shoulder the burden of large fees for the daycare.

General Consequences for Children

Apart from single parents alone suffering, children of such parents suffer too in a great many ways. Some of the children are more likely to:

  • display behavioral problems such as aggression and fighting;
  • turn into offenders even when young;
  • perform badly at school;
  • exhibit relationship problems;


For a single parent family to be more functional, the following need to become a reality (Ambert, 2005):

  1. Women’s income must match that of men’s so that poverty in single-mother families would diminish.
  2. Males in society must take responsibility for their offspring. This would result in children in one-parent families to have both parents investing in and supporting them.
  3. Society must come forward to invest in children regardless of what the marital status of their parent is. This would not allow these children to cross the poverty line.
  4. Childcare centers must be subsidized that would enable mothers to take full-time

Posted by November 23rd, 2016