Disadvantages of single-parent families include financial problems, a lack of time for familial bonding, difficulties dealing with fallout from broken marriages and unrealistic expectations when comparing with two-parent families. Children in one-parent families often become overly dependent on the remaining parent.Continue Reading
Single parents are much more likely to live in poverty than two-parent families, according to a 2011 census. In many places, a lack of paid maternity leave, affordable childcare and viable after school programs exacerbates the problem. Most single parents are employed and face the dilemma of finding time for jobs, household chores, and taking care of and bonding with their children. Since a majority of single-parent situations come about as a result of broken marriages, parents and children must also cope with problems with visitation rights, ongoing parental discord, relationships with extended families, and the need of the single parent to date or seek out a new relationship.
The psychological trauma of a family breakup can affect a child's ability to cope with school and relationships with peers. Children may contemplate peers in two-parent situations and feel envious. Additionally, when children become overly dependent on one parent, it creates stress in the parent-child relationship. Children are also subject to a lack of supervision in single-parent situations, which can negatively impact their school and social performances.Learn more about Parenting
When interviewing for a nanny job, it is important to ask the family questions about hours, pay, living arrangements, children, discipline, the children's interests and the parent's expectations. These questions allow the nanny to show she wants to do the best job possible, but they also allow her to consider whether the job and family will be a good fit for her.Full Answer >
The most common way for families to find surrogate grandparents is through personal networking to identify relatives, friends of the family, neighbors, or other close acquaintances who wish to grandparent a child. Though there are many older people who would love to serve as a surrogate grandparent, currently there are very few organizations that match such individuals with families in need. The few organizations that do arrange such matches limit their services to children in foster care.Full Answer >
There are multiple solutions for broken families. The first solution is to agree to communicate. Another solution is for the family members to write respectable but honest letters to each other to discuss their individual issues. The family could also seek professional help through therapists, counselors or church-related groups. Lastly, a solution is for the broken family to go their separate ways and potentially develop newer extended families.Full Answer >
The American Grandparents Association is a non-political group whose goal is to better the lives of grandparents and their families. It was established by Grandparents.com and has around 2 million members, as of 2015.Full Answer >