Single parenting has always been a different task in Indian society. And
lockdown has worsened the conditions that made single parents even more
vulnerable. It is often not acceptable in Indian society as people often
consider single parents as non-capable of raising children. Though children
raised by single parenting can be as normal, healthy, and cheerful as children
living with two parents.
It is often believed that single parenting has a negative effect on children but
this is not at all true as a good single parent is better than two parents who
create a toxic atmosphere for their child. single parenting takes a little more
effort and the environment of lockdown affected single parents negatively as it
was now a difficult task to manage both home chores and professional work along
with the responsibility of their children.
The myth and stereotype thinking of people have adversely affected the lives of
It's not acceptable if a child is raised by a single parent. They are often
forced to get married to get another partner so as to upbring the child
Though this sometimes results in a toxic relationship and can even worse the
child's upbringing. Societal norms often lead to the suppression of weaker
gender and might negatively affect the child.
Who are the single parents?
single parents are those who live with their child or children and those who
don't have any spouse or live-in-partners.'
And the reason behind becoming a single parent is divorce, domestic violence,
rape, death of another partner, single personal adoption. And divorce, domestic
violence, are cruel factors and for those who are become single parents, these
factors are not that much easy to spend a peaceful life. There are many hurdles
between their life race such as unhappy marriages and thus for divorce rate are
The education gap in single motherhood
The widening educational gaps in single motherhood have led to widespread
concerns about its implications for social inequality. Single mothers and their
children face elevated poverty and other wellbeing risks, and growing up in a
single-mother family can lead to lower educational attainment and psychological
wellbeing in adulthood. Poverty risks and other adverse outcomes can be
particularly prominent among single mothers with low education.
These mothers are often doubly disadvantaged in the labour market, as their
employment situation is restricted by not only their low education but also the
challenges of combining paid work with family responsibilities. Low education
and a weak employment situation combined with inadequate policies can create the
'triple bind' that hampers single mother households' wellbeing. And this is not
easy to hand for any single mother to deal with that much mental and physical
Impact on the child
Living in a single-parent family is strongly correlated with school failure,
delinquency, drugs use, teenage pregnancies, poverty and welfare dependency.
As the Emma Fransson et al. statics shows the performance of single parents
families is poor. Their physical health, behaviour mental health, peer
friendship, cultural activities, sports and family relationships, compared to
children from intact families.
The child experiences the breakdown in family structure shows poor behaviour
outcomes and high psychological disorder. And as many times in single parenting
families, the child has to decide without consulting their parents, and because
of their decision are reflects on their choices of right and wrong.
This is a myth that a single parent especially a single mother can't upbring a
child properly. But now single mother's have come up with proving society's
stereotypical thinking wrong. They have proved that a child raised by a single
parent especially mothers can raise their children with utmost happiness,
unaffected mental health and a healthy lifestyle.
All it takes is just a normal and a positive outlook of society towards single
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