What does single-parent mean?

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  1. Single-parent

    A single parent is a parent, not living with a spouse or partner, who has most of the day-to-day responsibilities in raising the child or children. A single parent is usually considered the primary caregiver, meaning the parent the children have residency with the majority of the time. If the parents are separated or divorced, children live with their custodial parent and have visitation or secondary residence with their noncustodial parent. In western society in general, following separation, a child will end up with the primary caregiver, usually the mother, and a secondary caregiver, usually the father. Historically, death of a partner was a major cause of single parenting. Single parenting can result from separation, death, child abuse/neglect, or divorce of a couple with children. Custody battles, awarded by the court or rationalized in other terms, determine who the child will spend majority of their time with. This affects children in many ways, and counseling is suggested for them. A mother is typically the primary caregiver in a single parent family structure as a result of divorce or unplanned pregnancy. Fathers have been the less common primary caregiver in the past, presumably due to the father working most of the day resulting in less bonding with the children, or possibly a young child needing to still nurse, or if childcare was necessary while the father works, the mother would be seen to be better suited while fathers works; but this scenario has shifted in recent years, as many fathers are taking an active parental role as Stay-at-home dad as more mothers are in the workforce and being the sole provider to the family, resulting in fathers bonding and connecting more to their children.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of single-parent in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of single-parent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Shaunna Broadway:

    I’m a single parent, and I do all I can. I work Monday through Friday, and they have to go to daycare. I don’t have the luxury to just have somebody that I can just have watch them outside daycare.

  2. Paul Grimm:

    In patients who are on the regular drug, the four-times-a-day drug (cystagon), they have tremendous amounts of family disruption because you have to give the drug every six hours around the clock, and if you think about it, for a lot of families that just can’t happen— if there’s a single-parent family or [they have] a lot of kids, or if the family isn’t very well off, or if mom and dad both work.

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