By Marlene M. Espinoza
As the economic hardship accelerates in America, the growth of single mothers continues to rise. Not only has it ascended in the U.S., but in other countries, as well.
As stated by www.vice.com., in Brazil single-parent households led by women are just as common as the "traditional" nuclear family.
In fact, The Institute For Applied Economic Research (IPEA) claims that almost 28 million homes were run by women in 2014. Therefore, single mothers are "the breadwinners for 40 percent of all families in the country." Now, mothers must raise their children alone and assume the responsibility of two parents.
According to CNN.com., 81% of single parent homes are headed by a mom.
There is a definite amount of "over 11 million parents," who are compelled to assume the duties of both mom and dad. Although single mothers have stepped up and responded to their obligations, they are still challenged by numerous "prejudices, doubts, and daily chsllenges."
In today's society, it is difficult for a single mother to be accepted and recognized. Many have labeled us as"gold-diggers" and "uneducated." Single mothers come from all walks of life. We are not seeking pity, or sympathy. Our task should be recognized as a contribution to society.The role of mom and dad is not a burden. It is an honor. In fact, it is rewarding.
As a single mother, myself, I have raised 4 sons. However, society can manipulate us to believe that our job is shameful and degrading.
But, we have already proven to the world that we are definitely beyond demeaning. Our households are similar to the average family. The only thing that distinguishes ua is our role.
It is a blessing for a child to grow up in a home with both parents. But, it is an honor for a child to have a mother, who is willing to sacrifice twice as much.