• More single parents in richer countries

    Experts share their thoughts on how the U.S. has more single parents than ever and policies lacking to support parents.
  • mom babyA recent report by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) on families shows that 26 percent of kids in the U.S. are actually being raised by single parents. Other countries averaged at 15 percent, which is considerably lower.

    Said founder director of the Yale Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, “"When our parents married, there was a sense that you were marrying for life. That sense is not as prevalent."

    According to the Associated Press, U.S. experts reacted by saying that while employed single parents in the U.S. averaged at 35.8 percent versus other countries at 21.3 percent, it also had higher poverty rates.

    Aside from this, the U.S. is in need of more pro-family policies, such as maternity leave with pay and child care for working parents. The U.S. is the only country to not have a paid parental leave policy. Some states already give parental leaves, a maximum of 12 weeks, but most still get unpaid leaves.

    Another point raised was that the figures could actually be pointing out a shift in culture’s views on single parent rearing of children.


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    Source:
    •    April 27, 2011. “Parenting Taking a Back Seat in Richer Countries” WeeksPopulation.Blogspot.com

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