On March 21, single parents may take a break from continually holding down the fort for National Single Parent Day! Put your feet up, hire a babysitter, and reflect on everything you do for your kids. If you have non-partner support, spend some extra time thanking them for their assistance.
History of National Single Parents Day
Over time, the number of single parents and the reasons for single parenting have shifted dramatically. When medical research less evolved in ancient times, dangerous mishaps were common, and epidemics swept through underdeveloped towns. As a result, by the time they reached adulthood, it was highly usual for children to have lost one or both parents. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was believed that one-third of all children growing up in French or Spanish communities had lost a parent.
In the past, many of the reasons for being a single parent were connected to disease, conflict, or maternal death during childbirth; however, this has changed with time. As divorce has become a more popular option for unhappy marriages, lone parents are becoming less likely to be widowers and more likely to be divorcees. Single parenting becomes more challenging after a divorce, as obtaining full custody and being a single parent frequently necessitates lengthy and difficult judicial battles. Despite the fact that many of them share custody, they are still considered single parents.
There are different ways to become a single parent, and their frequency has fluctuated throughout time. Single-parent adoptions, for example, became possible in the 19th century and have remained a reliable means to be a single parent, particularly for women. Only women are permitted to adopt children as single parents in some countries.
Single parenting has a wide range of factors and prevalence nowadays. According to one research from 2008, 30 percent of homes with children were headed by a single parent, up from 10% in 1980. There has also been a considerable disparity in single-parent homes based on race, with white and Hispanic single parent numbers on the rise. According to a 2011 poll, 7.5 percent of households are headed by a single parent on average.
HONORING SINGLE PARENTS DAY
- Give a single parent more love and support.
This could be anything from a spa gift certificate to a batch of baked cookies. Consider many ways to celebrate your loved ones who are nurturing new life on their own. You may even help by babysitting or providing transportation to school!
2. Post it up.
Being a single parent is no laughing matter, and they deserve the extra attention that this day provides. If you know or have a single parent, celebrate their sacrifice by posting an appreciation photo with the hashtag #NationalSingleParentDay. Post in the name of self-love, if you’re a single parent — you work hard!
3. Appreciate your support system.
Today is a terrific day to thank your tribe for helping you raise your children if you’re a single parent. While a single parent’s responsibility is enormous, no one accomplishes anything on their own. While you’re busy being your babies’ support system, think about who your support system is and show them some love.
Fun Facts About Parenting
- Single mothers make up a considerable section of the population.
A single mother gives birth to nearly a quarter of all children in the United States.
- Single parents work, too!
According to one survey, the vast majority of single parents worked full-time while raising a child, including 8 out of 10 single mothers and 9 out of 10 single fathers.
- The number of children raised by a single parent varies by race.
In comparison, solo parents are 42 percent white and 28 percent black, while cohabiting parents are 55 percent white and 13 percent black. These disparities are mostly due to racial variances among the high number of single women who are single parents. Solo mothers are more than twice as likely as cohabiting mothers to be black.
- Financial support for single parents is sometimes available.
Almost one-third of all single-parent households live in poverty and rely on government help.
- They’re not always young.
Compared to cohabiting parents, solo parents are older, more educated, and more likely to have been married. On average, cohabiting parents are younger than single or married parents. They are 34 years old on average, compared to 38 for single parents and 40 for married parents.
Remembering this day is vital to us single parents. National Single Parent Day commemorates single parents who raise their children without assistance. They go about their daily lives with a smile on their faces, confidence, and fearlessness, despite having a laundry list of duties to complete. It’s critical that we pay tribute to them whenever possible. Nobody does anything on their own. While single parents are responsible for the majority of their children’s needs, support is never far away. Many single parents are supported by a network of loved ones, if not a partner, including grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and other community helpers.
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