Life in a single parent household—though common—can be quite stressful for the adult and the children. Today 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, fathers, and even by a grandparent raising their grandchildren. The single parent may feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities 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 other families may not face. 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 places of worship can help too.
But if family members are still overwhelmed and having problems, it may be time to consult an expert or a d mental health professional. The full text of articles from APA Help Center may be reproduced and distributed for noncommercial purposes with credit given to the American Psychological Association. Any exceptions to this, including excerpting, paraphrasing or reproduction in a commercial work, must be presented in writing to the APA. Mothers — and fathers — report mental, physical health declines. Mismanagement of psychotropics in the foster care system.
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Families: Single Parenting and Today's Family. Stressors faced by single parent families 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.
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