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First of all, let me state that having two parents is usually better than one. However if the two parents do not get along and the child is being subjected to a lot of arguing and family strife, then a single parent household is better. While a good two-parent household is ideal, sometimes it is not always possible. If you find yourself in a situation where you are raising your children alone, it is important you not become discouraged. Your children are not doomed for failure and defeat. Teach your children about love and respect for others. Teach them about living in peace with themselves and others. Teach them how to value life and enjoy it. In short, teach them to count their blessings and not look at the bad situations they cannot change. Help them find ways to learn and grow from the experience. Children in single parent households usually learn responsibility from necessity earlier than children from two-parent households. There can be many good side effects from single parenting. It does not all have to be negative. Focus on the positive things you can do and teach your children. Teach them how to make lemonade when life gives you lemons. And do not forget, children learn by example, so be a good role model for them to follow by setting a good example. Instilling in your children a positive outlook on life in spite of the misfortunes will help chart their success for the future.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|