By: Krystle Crossman
It may be a stereotype that single parents cannot give their children everything that they would get if they had two parents in the home. A new report from The Census Bureau claims that single parents are able to care for their children and give them the same basic needs as a child in a dual-parent home. They may not have as many resources or finances as other families but they still read to their children, teach them morals, and play with them just as much as anyone else.
Sandra Hofferth from The Council on Contemporary Families studied the report from the Census Bureau and did some further research. She found that there was a difference in the behaviors of the parents but what the child learned and the time that their parents spent with them was not affected by that in the end. The single parents had to take on the role of both mother and father and so they had to change up some of the things that they did such as how they worked and how they split up their time between their child and their job, but they were able to do just as much and sometimes more than the married families did. During the course of a week a study showed that married families read to their children 6.8 days per week and single parents came in at 6. There is not too much of a difference there.
Children that come from single parent homes may have a closer bond with their parent because there is only one person there for them to give love and attention to. There is no favoritism, no good cop/bad cop. It is just them and their parent whom they love unconditionally. This is one of the biggest differences between a married household and a single parent household. There were no findings that the grades of the children suffered from being with a single parent and their behaviors did not differ from other children either.