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Negative Impacts of Single Parenting on Child’s Development


The negative impacts of single parenting can not be over-emphasized. Parenting involves the process of raising, educating, and giving the necessary attention and care to a child from childhood to adulthood. In recent times, children are being exposed to single parenting where they are being raised by either their Mother or Father.

Divorced, broken or the death of one parent gives birth to the practice of single parenting. Most single parenting is not always intentional some may be due to disagreement on both sides of the parents, inability to cater to the children, claiming irresponsibility of one’s pregnancy, and most times, the ultimate call of Nature – death.

Most times, parents embrace some of the advantages that come with single parenting and tend to forget the adverse effects that come thereafter. Advantages such as; Deciding to take full responsibility for the child without any other party, and protecting the child from the other family in situations of dire reports from the other family.

The above advantages are not enough to promote single parenting. Some of these disadvantages include:

Inadequate Attention

Being in a single home triggers inadequate attention, lack of discipline, and mentorship. Take, for instance, a child raised by a single Mother such a child may not get the necessary attention, love, care, and discipline from the Mother as compared to a child raised by both parents.

Trauma and Stigmatization

Most times, some children are nicknamed harsh names because of being raised in a single home. Such terms traumatize the child and make Him or Her uncomfortable socializing with His or Her peers. Impacts of Single Parenting

Academic Instability

A traumatized child will not be able to compete favorably in His or Her academic field. Such children are easily distracted by sad memories and feelings of loneliness while in classes or when studying. This would affect the child’s academic performance and can also affect the child mentally and psychologically.


One parent may not be able to discipline a child as should be for both parents. The discipline will always be one-sided, whereas if it were from both parents

Most importantly, highly traumatized children are forced to smoke, drink, and have other bad habits and sometimes die when depressed. Single parenting can affect the child’s early development and journey to adulthood.

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