With the increasing rate of divorce and women's personal choices of the alternative methods of conceiving, single parenting has become more common than not in the past couple of years. There are other factors, of course, aside from the ones mentioned above. Many celebrities and other famous people are known to be single parents; it's not a trend at all but it's a fact that raising a child on your own can be really tough.
The challenges of single parenting stretches from financial, emotional, physical, psychological, and for some, legal aspects of life. Becoming a parent is like going to the next level of life's game, it is not easy. Parents would say it is difficult to raise a child or children, but how much more if you do it without a partner? Your responsibilities clearly double since you become the sole provider and guardian to your kids.
The most common problem for single parents is financial security. Not everyone who gets divorced get child support from their ex-spouse. Unless you're earning a six-figure job annually then it's not much a concern. Single parents often work two or three jobs or work overtime just to make both ends meet. The day does not stop there as when they are home they also have to do their tasks as homemakers. This could result in physical exhaustion.
Without a husband's or wife's helping hand, a single parent is obliged to do everything from doing the laundry, cooking, cleaning the house, and helping their kids in school homework. In these kind of situations, time is simply not enough to squeeze in all tasks that has to be done. They tend to have less time for their kids and for themselves as well. That's why it is also inevitable that the children feel as much stress as the parent. Apart from that, having no mother or father figure as they grow up greatly affects their personal life. If this thing is not properly addressed, it could result to changes in a child's behavior and might lead to some serious problems later on.
Even if they say that two heads are better than one, it is also important to remember that one is better than none. Being a single parent is challenging but rewarding. With adequate support from family and friends, showing your love, care, and respect, and looking at the bright side of things, you can reduce the pressure of being a single parent and help your child live in what is called a "normal" family.