Single Parenting


Hello, my friends. This is Len Mooney; author of the book, ‘Adventures in Single Parenting’ and creator of the website, Welcome to this video. I’m standing here on the deck of my house in Mexico, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You can look out behind me and you see the ocean, you can see a little fishing boat out there. We’re down near Puerto Nuevo. If any of you want to know. The boats are typically fishing for fresh lobster at Puerto Nuevo.

The number of single-parent households in the United States continues to grow. Something I was reading on the internet today; there’s about 15 million, that’s 1/3 of all the children in the United States, 15 million children being raised by a single mother and another 5 million being raised by a single father. About 20 million children in the United States alone, being raised in a single household. Crazaberamer Those are staggering big numbers.

Single parenting is one of the most complex and difficult things that we can ever undertake in our life. Certainly parenting itself is a difficult task, but single parenting can be monumental. The other challenge for many single parents is the average income for a 2-parent family is in the neighborhood of $80,000. For single parents, single mothers, it’s $24,000. That’s a huge difference. Many families became single because they wanted to . . . because they got a divorce; for a few very unfortunate families, the death of a spouse has occurred and is a very tragic thing. For many single families, the fact that the marriage has broken up has made it easier for the single parent to make the decisions and not have the stress of a non-working marriage. Nevertheless, the financial implications of being in a single-parent household are enormous.

Of course, most single parents have to work, but that means they have to frequently pay child care. Child care is very expensive, so a significant fraction of the working parent’s income goes for paying the child care required so the parent can go to work in the first place. That leaves a single parent in a very difficult financial position.

I talk a lot more about single parents working from home. You can get more information at my website, and that website is given below. The bottom line is that there’s a lot of us out there, and many of us are stressed financially and struggling. Meanwhile of course, we have kids that are whiny, fretful, sometimes angry, occasionally blaming us, feeling guilty that they contributed to the breakup of the marriage. All this makes single parenting a very, very tough challenge, indeed.

That’s all for today. My wish for you is that your children grow up happy, healthy, and are positive contributors to society. This is Len. We’ll talk again, or go visit my website at Share this video if you like it. Bye for now.