Dr. Peggy Drexler: Parenting: How Money Struggles Change Things -- And How They Don't
Huffington Post - over 5 years
Until now, we have centered most of the "blame" for kids growing up in poverty on one group: single moms. Single moms, as a whole, have been credited with everything from street crime to alcoholism and depression. Primarily because they're raising children without fathers we, as a society, have persisted in seeing them as insufficient parents. This is despite the fact that many have been tasked with raising children in the face of a substandard educational system, insufficient health care and day care, not to mention jobs.
Additionally, blaming single moms for raising kids who don't become productive members of society ignored the fact that not all single moms are alike. There are many single mothers by choice, chance, or circumstance. What's more, the number of single fathers is growing by 6 percent each year -- double the percent of the numbers of new single moms. The diversity of family types tells us that times have changed. The heretofore thought of "gold standard" f...
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