Parenting is hard! Being responsible for the development, protection, growth, health, and care for a child is all consuming and at times overwhelming. From sun up until well past sun down, day after day, year after year, the raising of a child is the full time job that never offers a break. Rewarding, of course, difficult, hell yes it is. Single parents face all of the challenges and difficulties of any parent but have to face them without the benefit of partner, a co-parent to help carry some of the burdens. Single parent homes are not a new phenomenon; they are not unique to any one culture, and are increasing in numbers. ("Single-Parent Families ") Single parents by default must do the work of two people; this requires them to be consistent, conscientious, and creative. Social media can offer single parents a helping hand. (Caron)
(Clemente, Jude. Rise of Single Parent Households)
Single parent households occur for many and varied reasons. Including unintended pregnancies, divorce, death, and by choice. ("Single-Parent Families ") Single parent households have steadily increased over the several decades and currently 30% of US households are single parent households. ("Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007 ") This means that single parents are raising almost 22 million children in the United States. ("Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007 ") A female parent 78 % of the time heads single parent households. ("Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007 ") Male parents lead the single parent households comprise 22 % of the time. ("Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007 ") While the traditional notion of single mothers raising children alone is still common it is not the only configuration of a single parent household, for example almost 800, 000 children are being raised by a single grandparent. ("Unmarried and Single Americans Week Sept. 18-24, 2011")
Single parent households have the same challenges as two parent households they just have less hands to use to fill all of the required roles. Single parent homes also face some additional difficulties related to task over load, emotional overload, and social connection issues. All of which can lead to stress, depression, anxiety, and loneliness. ("Single-Parent Families ") Parenting is difficult under ideal circumstances; the challenges faced by single parents are multiplied simply because there is only one parent to do everything. ("Single-Parent Families ") Single parents are not absolutely alone though. Family, friends, coworkers, and other parents are available to most single parents, the issue becomes how to connect, and stay connected with these available helping hands. Social media offers a solution to the connection issues and provides a means to learn and even assist with some financial savings. ("Single Mother Statistics")
The phrase “social media” often brings pictures of teenagers typing away on a...