Are single parents screwing their kids up?

Let me say for the record my opinion is NO. Not even close. I personally think it's easy to point at a single parent and say "You are not enough." instead of realizing that a dysfunctional environment is worse than a single parent environment. I don't say this as just a single parent, I say this as a child whose mom went through a divorce.

This article is very opinionated about the topic. While I vehemently disagree with the idea that single parenting hurts children, I do agree with the fact that financial struggle for single parents is a very real issue. That's about the beginning and end of what I agree with in this article.


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    My husband's mom was a Single Mother for a long time until she met her new boyfriend who's been with her so long they might as well be married (my husband's dad died when he was 4) and she had to raise him and his sister alone until she met Tom. She was incredibly strict, maybe ridiculously so, to hear some of the stories they tell, but she made sure they ate right, did their chores, knew to respect others, and were healthy. She kept a nicer house over their head than my own parents did for me. She had it tough, and so she had to act tough, but she managed, and she did a good job. My own parents divorced when I was 6 and my mom was too busy working to be a mom. We're more screwed up than my husband and his sister are. We had more health problems, the food we were given was not by any means healthy or even vaguely good for us. We were taught manners by my Granny and my dad dragged us to parties that children shouldn't have been to. I have some friends whose parents never split up, and they're a mixed lot, too. Some are more screwed up than my brothers and I, some are better off. It's not about if you're a single parent, divorced, or happily/unhappily married. It's about the choices you make.
    I don't know, I just do. Yes it's stressful sometimes, like when I need to be two places at once because both kids have something going on. Or financially it can be rough sometimes, but I'm certainly not afraid to work hard so bills usually are not an issue.

    Honestly though, even when I was married I took care of everything. So being a single parent wasn't a huge change for me, as sad as that sounds.
    About Melissa
    Birth: December 31
    On since: Mar 3, 2014
    I am a single mom of two fantastic kiddos that I love to pieces. Currently in school working towards my teaching degree. You can find me most days on when I am not here chit chatting! :)