As I read posts across social media, I am frequently reminded by single mothers how difficult life is as they struggle to raise one, two, three or more children by themselves. They are angry employers do not pay more; upset government does not provide more in benefits.
However, two-parent families do not face such financial challenges. Life is still a constant struggle for them, but two adults working full or part time allow the family to meet most needs and likely many wants. The trend of single parenting continues to increase in America. This is not good for our children or nation.
In 2020 nearly 19 million children, amounting to 25% of all children in the U.S., were living in single-parent families. That percentage is nearly three times the level in 1960 of 9%.
Tara Contreras and Mateo
Tara is clearly a loving and devoted mother. She spent the day at the swimming pool at Ross Park where I learned to swim as a youngster. Mateo is loved, but I was much more fortunate to have both a mom and dad to nurture and provide for me. Neither of my parents — alone — would have been able to provide financially for us as kids.
Tara wonders why she continues “down the ENDLESS single mom path.” She’s not chasing a man; she’s not trying to steal a man; she’s not trying to keep a man.
Tara claims she’s raising a man. Yet young men need a man in their life as a role model also. Tara may be “right where” she needs to be. How about young Mateo?
I’m RAISING a man. I’m right where I need to be.
Cindy Wade Raises Funds for Single Moms
How kind of Cindy to kokua and support single moms. She applauds 11-year-old Cartier Carey for “raising a ton of money with his lemonade stand.” These funds will buy 22,000 diapers to give away to single moms.
This is a compassionate project, but Cartier could put this money toward his college fund. His shirt reads, “KIDS 4 Change.” Maybe we can change cultural attitudes that are giving rise to single parenting and send all our children to college — rather than simply fund diapers. What do you think?
Brittney Martin Wright Appreciates Dads
“All right !!! Seriously,” she says. Brittney is frustrated. Her tires aren’t even 30 days old and she got a flat. Worse, her car is packed full to leave on a trip tomorrow. She can’t reach the jack because it’s buried under their belongings.
She lightheartedly writes, “Thank goodness for dads!!!”
Being a dad isn’t always rewarding or glamorous. Maybe our primary function is simply to take out the trash or fix a flat. Dads also bring home a paycheck and provide emotional support for the spouse and children.
Families make America Strong. Happy 4th of July weekend Americans !!!
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