Reasons It Is Difficult for Single Mothers to Raise Sons

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According to statistics recorded at Princess Margret Hospital, one out of three Bahamian babies is born to single mothers. Fewer women are waiting on the commitment of marriage and having unprotected sex. Some women are making bold decisions to become single mothers because they don’t need the support of a man they feel it’s not necessary because their fathers weren’t there and had no impact on their lives. On the other hand some women think that babies are tools to mend broken relationships and trap a man’s heart .In Shakur’s lyrics to “Dear Mama” he implies that for whatever reasons a women raising a teenage son in the Bahamas alone is difficult. Shakur says in line 19 “I finally understand for a woman it ain’t easy trying to raise a man”. There is indeed a devastating outcome if women are not prepared to face life’s challenges. The difficulty that a single mother can experience raising a teenage boy is the lack of communication between mother and son, social pressures single mother face and stress of being the sole provider. One of many challenges single mothers face raising teenage boys is the lack of communication. Communication between a teenage boy and this mother is extremely important for single mothers to preserve. Trying to balance work and family time can become tedious. But maintaining a stable job is essential for a single mother to support her son. Many single mothers find themselves working two jobs to keep up with the basic amenities plus the wants and needs of her son. Having these responsibilities diminishes the family time, therefore less quality time is spent on recreationally activities and developing a mother and son bond, which is important for their relationship later on in her son’s life. The lack of communication results from the lack of quality time which tends to interfere with the effectiveness and amount of interactions between a mother and her son. Although mothers have the advantage of experiences in life a teenage boy usually...
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