According to the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, the number of single-parent homes has tripled in the last three decades. When people think of “single parents,” they automatically picture a single mother, but according to Single Parent Magazine, the number of single fathers has risen to over 2 million in the last decade alone, an increase of more than 60%. Because of these increasing demographics, study after study has been done on the impact of the absent parent.
Problem is, most of these focus on absent fathers.
What the research has shown is that children with absent fathers are:
- 5 times more likely to be in poverty
- At greater risk for drug abuse as teenagers
- More likely to experience severe psychological distress
What the research does not show, however, is what happens when a parent is absent in the mental sense of the term… Continue reading “Being the mindful parents our children deserve”