The traditional working father, stay-at-home mother structure is no longer the standard family setup, but it is not a bad thing. Working mothers were never a disruption of the norm; society only recently experienced a surge in single parents who had to work to support their families. Today, single-mother households are commonplace and new findings on how the setting affects the family supports its prevalence.
A report from Harvard Business School about single motherhood, showed that their children grow up properly. The data came from 24 countries, some of which spans back from 2002. Both sets of children benefit from growing up, raised by unwed moms.
The Kids Are All Right
In many aspects that would matter, sons and daughters of single mothers excel better than their friends with stay at-home mothers. But, before any discussion about the little ones, it is important to address a common issue about parents. Guilt comes with leaving the care of their children to helpers. It is completely normal, and maybe by enrolling them in quality training and development centres, proper social, intellectual and mental development can make up for lost time.
Employment will come easier for female children. The study even specified that is it likely for them to hold supervisory positions and earn more money. It also comes with working longer hours and doing less housework. The research was so exhaustive that the testers were able to ascertain how more single-mother daughters become supervisors than their counterparts with stay-at-home mothers.
On the other hand, sons become more affectionate. They spend more time with family and do more household duties.
A Continuing Trend
On one side, the rise of single-parent households is a sign of the failing bonds of marriage. Yet, that perspective is pessimistic and does not help redeeming the good work done by solitary parents. Furthermore, in making a more egalitarian society, their children carry the torch.
This phenomenon is very much present right now. The study was just an observation, and a confirmation, that growing up without one parent is not as bad as some people make it to be.