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.
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.