What’s the Risk?:Living in a single parent home

When you see someone for the first time, you don’t think about if they come from a single parent home. In fact, you probably would never know unless you ask. The number of single family homes are on the rise. According to research done by the Ohio State University, “For the first time in history, children are more likely to reside in a single-parent family for reasons other than the death of a parent (“Single-parent Families in Poverty”.) With that being said, many people view single-parent households in only a negative way. People perceive products of a single-parent home as troubling. According to the News Leader, “Statistically, a child in a single-parent household is far more likely to experience violence, commit suicide, continue a cycle of poverty, become drug dependent, commit a crime or perform below his peers in education (“Statistics reveal stark challenges for children raised in one-parent households”.) Although statistics have shown that children in a single-parent are more at risk, there are far more advantages that people look over. For example, when children from single-parent homes move out and start their own life, they are far more independent. Since they are raised primarily by one parent, they view first-hand the independency used to raise them. In addition, people think single-parent homes struggle to bring income. In fact, my mother is financially stable enough to provide for me and my sister, more than what two-parent households can. With that being said, the negative perception of single-parent homes are not what most individuals make it out to be.

The photo above is a picture of my mother and father. At one part of my life, I lived in a two-parent home. I still have this picture in my dorm room. Just because I do not live with mother and father does not effect the love I have for them equally.
My suitcase represents the movement between my Mom and Dad’s homes. Since I live with just my mom, I constantly have to pack just to visit my dad on the weekends. Although there is a misconception that children that live in single-parent homes never see the other parent, I still spend time with my dad.
This photo represents the car I got on my 17th birthday. My mother was able to purchase this brand news car in cash, without financing. This shows that children of single-parent homes are not in poverty, and can have the same luxuries as children from two-parent homes.
This photo is a picture of me and my friends. With living in a single-parent home, often people judge you for having “parental issues” for not having both parents living in the same home. I am grateful to have friends who are non-judgemental and support me.
This photo was taken at a Black Lives Matter protest at Texas State University. Unfortunately, I have stereotypes against me because I am black, and a product of a sibgle-parent home. Despite all the stigmas and obstacles thrown against me, I do not let those get in the way of my community service.
This is a photo I took of my house, located in Missouri City, Texas. This shows that not all single-family homes are living in a one-bedroom, cramped apartment. With just my mom, sister, and I living at the house, it is very spacious.
I took this photo at the Art Museum at the Library. What i interpreted from this photo is a woman with confidence. I think this photo can relate to my mother because she is confident and loving. Single-Parents have this stigma that they are always bitter, or have hate in their heart because they are a single-parent. This is not always the case, in fact being a single-parent made my mom stronger and more confident.
I took this photo of the apartment I will be staying in next year. This represents new beginnings. This is proof that not all products of single-parent homes go to jail, on drugs, or any other negative stereotypes that have been said. I will continue my education here at Texas State University with the help of my mother and father.

To close, I hope I proved to you that the negative perceptions of single family homes are not always correct. Products of single-parent homes are not troubling, or lost in the world. Just because you are in a single-parent home, you can still have connections with both of your parents equally. No, I am not living in poverty. No, my parents do not hate or despise each other. No, I am not internally hurt by my parents split. As a matter of fact, I believe I am stronger because I was raised in a single-parent home. I am more independent, confident, and humbled. At an early age in my life I realized that not everything would be handed to me, and I would not have the same opportunities as other children. I am grateful for the parents that I have, and appreciate the positive effects of living in a single-parent home.

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