Today's Family

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Single parenting and today's family
Over the past 20 years single-parent families have become even more common than the so-called "nuclear family" consisting of a mother, father and children. Today we see all sorts of single parent families: headed by mothers, headed by fathers, headed by a grandparent raising their grandchildren. Life in a single parent household - though common - can be quite stressful for the adult and the children. Members may unrealistically expect that the family can function like a two-parent family, and may feel that something is wrong when it can not. The single parent may feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of juggling caring for the children, maintaining a job and keeping up with the bills and household chores. And typically, the family's finances and resources are drastically reduced following the parents' breakup. Single parent families deal with many other pressures and potential problem areas that the nuclear family does not have to face. Some of these are:

* Visitation and custody problems;
* The effects of continuing conflict between the parents; * Less opportunity for parents and children to spend time together; * Effects of the breakup on children's school performance and peer relations; * Disruptions of extended family relationships;

* Problems caused by the parents' dating and entering new relationships.

The single parent can help family members face these difficulties by talking with each other about their feelings and working together to tackle problems. Support from friends, other family members and the church or synagogue can help too. But if family members are still overwhelmed and having problems, it may be time to consult an expert.

Money (income, bills, credit)
2) Raising children (parenting skills differences)
3) Social pressures (drugs, alcohol, tobacco, fidelity)
4) Extended family issues (My mom her dad my sister her brother) 5) Religion (differences and loyalty)
But the biggest problem that couples (families) have is COMMUNICATION vs SELFISHNESS As long as two people can see eye to eye realize that they are the only other person that they can always rely on and talk to as long as they are always open and honest with each other than they can overcome all of these problems and beat the odds and live a happy life together. (they also have to teach this to their children as well) hope that this helps you.....R

Challenges Facing Families Today
It is shocking to learn that that over 28% of working families living in the Triangle - our community - are struggling to pay for basic life expenses, as reported by the News & Observer in 2001. These families are the -working poor,-? and they make up the majority of our workforce. Despite differences of race, income, or geographic origin, most families in the Triangle are working toward the same goals: preserving healthy relationships; raising their children; maintaining a quality standard of living; coping with major medical illnesses; adapting to the needs of aging parents; and keeping their families safe. Unfortunately, low-income families have fewer -family assets-? to defend against crises when they occur. A recent study by the UNC-CH Jordan Institute for Families - -Income and Family Strengths in North Carolina-? - identified -family assets-? that can be used to determine a familys ability to cope effectively with life challenges it faces. These include:

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Economic Strength - being able to manage money and make ends meet * -------------------------------------------------
Social Support - having connections to others and the ability to access help * -------------------------------------------------
Communication - being able to talk and share ideas with others * -------------------------------------------------
Problem-Solving - being able to work together to solve...
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