Although that cliché of the single parent being a mother will never quite leave our brains, the fact is many men, far more than ever, are single dads.
One of the best ways to blow off steam is to do something childish or silly. It is an escape from reality and it brings a new perspective to our stress-shrouded days.
Where is all of the love for the single moms of the world? (We're looking right at you, Rick Santorum.) Luckily, Match.com has a ton of respect for the single ladies of the world, including those who have birthed a child or two. To celebrate Mother's Day, Match took a look at the profiles of its single-mom users.
You thought it would last forever, that you'd live happily ever after. Whatever happened to change that, you've gone from Two, to One. But now there's more. Because you're left all alone, but not quite. You're one, plus some. You're a parent. You're a single parent.
This guest article from Psych Central was written by Laura Smith, Ph.D. Almost a third of children are being brought up by single parents. Lots of those parents date. Concerned single parents worry about how to manage relationships when children are involved. Common questions include: When do I introduce my child to someone I am dating? How do I manage an intimate relationship when I have children?
Divorce rates are finally dropping, but that doesn't mean people are forging stronger family units. With fewer people getting married these days, the number of kids living in households with two unmarried parents is on the rise. And, according to new research released today by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values, that may be as bad for kids as dealing with a parent's divorce.
Single parents have it rough trying to balance their personal lives with the demands and responsibility that come with being a parent. Dating can be especially challenging, as there are certain boundaries that should not be crossed because the overall well-being of the child has to come first.
Imagine getting back into the dating scene, ready to find someone special, only to dread dropping the K-bomb? Single parents have built-in baggage, not that children should be seen as such (I know, I have one), but the self-imposed kind that comes with telling a date that you've got someone waiting for you at home. And not the furry kind of someone. I'm sure a good 80% of people react just fine to hearing their date has kids. But the impending doom of broaching the subject is enough to keep single parents from even making it to that point in the relationship. You want people in your life that are going to accept and admire all facets of your life, especially the little ones you've taken the time to create and raise.