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There does not have to be negative aspects for children of single parents. Make it a point to provide good male (or female, whatever the case may be) role models. You can all be much stronger than might have been otherwise as you learn how to correctly respond to the challenges (not problems) of life. My children and I have learned not to be codependent on others, but to help ourselves as much as possible, and to lend a helping hand to others any time we can. We are all involved in reaching out to others. And as we reach out to help others, other people reach out to help us. "Give and you will receive."