Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Starting to get the wheels turning...

Children raised in single parent families “have realistic and cautious views of marriage and family life” (Strengths of Single Parent Families). Why is that so? Children raised in a single parent family have seen the positive and negative aspects of how a family is raised. It is the learning experiences that they have taken away from their environment at home to shape their own perceptions of their relationships and marriage. Children learn from their peers, and if a negative atmosphere at home is caused by the fact that their parents are not happy among themselves, children know. If children grow up listening to the muffled sounds of their parents bickering back and forth throughout the night, of course they are going to be cautious of who they decide to marry. Not to say that this is a bad thing by any means because they face relationships, and one day marriage with a realistic view. If single parent families have come to terms that life is not always going to end up in a happily ever after fairytale, then they are benefiting both their partner and themselves. With that said, divorce has completely put an entirely new meaning to the fairy tale we all hope for. Children of single parent families have a different view of a fairy tale because it becomes more or less some that you are able to get along with, and enjoy the time you spend with your partner. Not so much that they are looking for Prince Charming to show up on a white horse to sweep you off your feet. With a realistic view, children from single parent families tend to be more passionate about who they fall in love with. They are more concisely aware that divorce does happen, and it may be possible that they could end up as a single parent family, like their own parents did.


Blogger Miss Lib said...

Interesting. Could you give stats to show that poverty is the most stressful challenge for single-parent families?

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