In 2006, there were about 12.9 million single parents in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Of those, 10.4 million are women and 2.5 million are fathers. Parenting is difficult, and especially difficult when there is little help.
7 Child Care Issues Single Parents Face.
CoAbode. Founded “on the principle that two single moms raising children together can achieve more than one struggling alone”, CoAbode is a matchmaking service helping to provide single moms in the USA and Canada the opportunity to house share. Also offers a variety of networks for financial help.
The Rise and Downfall of the American Single Mother. An article on the relationship between single parenthood and how it is a driving force behind income inequality.
Parent Child Interactive. “Parent Child Interactive is a web portal that provides personalized secure profiles where members can access information, answers, solutions, videos, participate in private and community discussions, attend live seminars and therapy sessions all related to children’s behavior and development.”
Single Parents Network. Community Networking site for single parents.
Wider Opportunities for Women. Together with the Economic Security Institute, “WOW started in its home community of Washington, DC and spread throughout the nation helping women learn to earn through financial education and career preparation, technical and non-traditional skill training, and career development.”
Books we like:
The Single Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed as a One Man Parenting Team, by Michael A. Klumpp. “With plenty of humor and real-world insight, The Single Dad s Survival Guide will show you how to expand on your natural, built-in abilities so you can come out on top as a parenting team of one. Find logistical help on everyday challenges, including finances, family schedules, household management, and staying on top of your work. Take advantage of practical guidance on everything from supporting and nurturing your kids to protecting your own emotional health. Learn how to get past anger, hurt, and fatigue to stand strong as the man your children need most a man who provides security, stability, and spiritual guidance during one of the toughest times in their life.”
Unsung Heroines: Single Mothers and the American Dream by Ruth Sidel. “This compelling book destroys the derogatory images of single mothers that too often prevail in the media and in politics by creating a rich, moving, multidimensional picture of who these women really are. Ruth Sidel interviewed mothers from diverse races, ethnicities, religions, and social classes who became single through divorce, separation, widowhood, or who never married; none had planned to raise children on their own. Weaving together these women’s voices with an accessible, cutting-edge sociological and political analysis of single motherhood today, Unsung Heroines introduces a resilient, resourceful, and courageous population of women committed to their families, holding fast to quintessential American values, and creating positive new lives for themselves and their children. What emerges from this penetrating study is a clear message about what all families—two-parent as well as single parent—must have to succeed: decent jobs at a living wage, comprehensive health care, and preschool and after-school care. In a final chapter, Sidel gives a broad political-economic analysis that provides historical background on the way American social policy has evolved and compares the situation in the U.S. to the social policies and ideologies of other countries.”