A Stable Environment
Today about twenty-two million children in America are raised by only one of their biological parents (Moos). Separation and divorce are the most common reasons that some children only have one parent in their lives, but it is crucial to the child’s well-being to have both. Parents should share responsibilities because both mothers and fathers play an important role in the child’s development and this can determine the child’s character for the rest of their life. Single parenting is a difficult task for everyone involved and can affect the child in major ways. In most cases, it is extremely important for a child to have both a mother and father figure in their lives. The child’s life will be more structured and studies have shown that children are generally happier in a home where both of their parents play equal roles in their lives. The task of parenting is also easier when there are two people on the same page and working together. In a situation where only one parent is raising a child, everyone suffers. The child may feel like their mother or father doesn’t love them or care enough about them to be involved in their lives. The single parent raising the child may also feel the same way. Single parenting adds stress and emotional damage to the single parent. The child is also emotionally damaged by the absence of their mother or father, which may lead to bigger problems later in life. The absent parent may feel the guilt or embarrassment for leaving the family. Having a spouse or someone there to help with the finances of raising children can help with the stress and also can prevent problems in the future. Having two parents in a home makes a child’s life more stable and more enjoyable. Studies have shown that children raised in homes with two parents live a happier life (Koon). Raising a child with both parents makes the lives of both the parents and the children more enjoyable and eliminates the stress of single parenting. There...
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