It would be a mistake to conclude to  that violence and its increase is the outcome or the direct consequence of the number of parents in the home or, as has been suggested in last night’s debate.

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Instead, children are adversely affected by circumstances that occur with single-parent family configurations (such as economic disadvantage, residential instability) These circumstances are not uniformly present in the lives of all single-parent families. There have been many stable, well adjusted children who were raised by single parents. The belief that a child that is a product of a single home id destined to fail is extreme thinking.

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According to a study at Cornell University, positive single parenting did not show any negative impact on the social and educational development of the 12- and 13-year-olds participating in the study. In addition, children in single-parent families may exhibit strong responsibility skills, as they are often called upon to help out more with family chores and tasks.

Children in single-parent families often form close bonds with their parent, as they are closely dependent on each other throughout the child’s life. Children from single-parent families may also form closer bonds with extended family members or family friends, as these people often help raise them. n many cases, members of the extended family will step up and play a significant role in the children’s lives.The authentic need for their assistance helps the children recognize the value of their contribution and develop pride in working in a real environment of team work.

Children who are raised in successful single parent families know that they are the main priority in their parents’ lives, yet they are not treated as though they are the center of everyone’s universe. This healthy approach helps to prepare kids for the “real world.”

It may not be easy. It may not even be ideal. It can work.

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