How Kids Are Affected By Life With A Single Mom How Kids Are Affected By Life With A Single Mom
While some studies have found that single-parent households run by mothers can make life more stressful for kids and can negatively impact their behavior,... How Kids Are Affected By Life With A Single Mom

While some studies have found that single-parent households run by mothers can make life more stressful for kids and can negatively impact their behavior, new research has shown quite the opposite. A new study compared how kids are affected by life with a single mom who chooses to be a single mom with children who are being raised in a traditional family, with two heterosexual parents. And, despite many horrible, mom-shaming stereotypes, researchers found no differences in the children’s well-being.

According to a press release for the study — published by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology on Wednesday — children of single mothers are no more likely to suffer later in life than kids raised by a mother and a father, specifically “in terms of parent-child relationship or child development.”

Researchers from the University of Amsterdam looked at 69 “single-mothers-by-choice,” who had knowingly chosen to raise their child alone, according to the study, and compared them with 59 mothers who came from heterosexual two-parent families with a child between the ages of 18 months and 6 years old. Researchers looked at mothers’ answers from a set of questionnaires focusing on three areas: Parent-child relationships, mothers’ social support network, and their children’s well-being.

“Children in both family types are doing well in terms of their well-being,” Mathilde Brewaeys, one of the researchers, said in the press release for their findings. “Single-mothers-by-choice and their children benefit from a good social support network, and this should be emphasized in the counseling of women who want to have and raise a child without a partner.”

Brewaeys added in the press release that women considering single motherhood through alternative methods, including fertility treatments and adoption should find a “strong social network” that could include brothers, sisters, parents, friends, teachers, family doctors, and neighbors.

According to The Daily Mail, Brewaeys also said there is a difference between the single moms included in this study — because they “knowingly make the decision to raise their child alone” — and unintended single moms, who may have experienced a troubling divorce or conflict in their relationship with the child’s father.

“It seems likely that any negative influence on child development depends more on a troubled parent-child relationship and not on the absence of a father,” Brewaeys told The Daily Mail.

For example: When a single-parent home is not planned, the stress of it — such as a heavier financial burden and a lower overall household income — can negatively impact a child’s behavior, according to an analysis from LIVESTRONG. But there are also many positive effects for kids raised by single parents, such as a developing stronger bonds and learning to share chores and other responsibilities sooner.

As this latest study, which has an admittedly small sample size, and prior research has shown, any parenting dynamic can influence the way a young person grows up. And single mom or not, there’s no right or wrong way to do it.

Obinna Onyia

  • Diamond

    2017-08-23 #1 Author

    Wow that’s very interesting.

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  • Ray

    2017-08-23 #2 Author

    single parents can’t fill both mom and dad role I think , I think it’s better to have both parents in the Childs life and try to co-parent .

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  • Gabrielle

    2017-08-23 #3 Author

    Single parents rock !!

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  • Tamia nashaa

    2017-08-23 #4 Author

    Very interesting

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  • Cocoa lambert

    2017-08-23 #5 Author

    S/O to all the single parents!

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  • lhey noveda

    2017-08-24 #6 Author

    Stressful , yes it is. Single mom here! ✋I believe As long as you have your lovable and caring parents/family there’s no such thing as stressful. Stress is i don’t have any kind of support from anywhere anything but my parents . Seeking for a good job to support my child needs. For now i’m enjoying every single day with my baby girl.

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  • Stefanie Bigham

    2017-08-24 #7 Author

    I honestly feel like single mothers with daughters, the daughters will take notice to being independent and more of a go-getter. Even though, the daughter shouldn’t expect for herself to be a single mother but it builds confidence. I was brought up by a single mother and now I’m one myself and I know exactly what to do because I’ve watched my own do it. We rock!

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  • Imani Fort

    2017-08-24 #8 Author

    I’m a single mother myself and I feel that as long as we have some type of support system, we should be A-OK! 🙂

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  • Joy karuri

    2017-08-25 #9 Author

    Some children brought up by single moms could grow to be better adults because a single mom will fully support his /her child.

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  • Briana

    2017-08-25 #10 Author

    This article has a lot of truth to it. However I’m trying my best to raise our child in a two parent home.

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  • Vickie

    2017-08-25 #11 Author

    I’m a single parent….. I Rock!!!!

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  • Tatiana

    2017-08-25 #12 Author

    This is so interesting

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  • Tralondra Barnes

    2017-08-25 #14 Author

    I been a single parent for two years now to a beautiful baby girl name serenity faith lewis! She makes my life so much better! My little ray of sunshine ☀️

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  • Derreauna

    2017-08-26 #15 Author

    S/O to all single mothers

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  • Taylor Booker

    2017-08-27 #16 Author

    My mom was a single mom and now I’m a single mom, now I understand what my mom was going through. Sometimes it’s stressful but my baby makes life worth it single or not

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  • Azure

    2017-08-28 #17 Author

    I totally agree! I stressed about the upbringing of my daughter and her well being without having her father in her life but this article just gave me all the hope I needed! It doesn’t affect her now bc of course she is too small to understand but I was worried about her future, thank you for the great information babies daily news!

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