Single Family Homes In Urban Communities

Growing up in the Bronx, NY I always noticed that most of my friends only had one parent at home. A little confused growing up because I knew it took a male and female to create a child. Single parent homes are so common in my community it seems like it’s normal. Most single parent households are missing the father.

  • In the graph notice how from 1970 to 2000 the number of Married couple families have decreased drastically and the number of single parent home have increased.

Why do some men abandon their children?

From what I notice and witness many of these single parents with children gave birth at a young age, maybe in their teenage years. Teenagers are not ready nor mature enough to take on the responsibility of raising a child. But, things happen and people are forced to face the reality of having a child at a young age. If this does happen both parents have to come to the plate care and provide for their child. FATHERS NEED TO STOP ABANDONING THEIR CHILDREN. Having a child is something that happens but, it is also something that takes planning.

How does growing up in a single parent household affect a child?

I wouldn’t know from personal experience but, I don’t think it has a positive effect on the child. I can say that it affects different children in different ways. The single parent is always working to get by on one persons income. Some children don’t get the guidance or attention needed and they start to make the wrong decisions. Other children can see how their parent is struggling and want to better themselves and not go through the same struggles their parent has gone through. Many children with single parents do go on to acquire higher education and earn careers for themselves. They’re other cases where another family member plays a role model to the child and kind of replaces the missing parent. I commend people who take care of children that are not theirs and care for them as if they were.

How can we fix the problem?

Sometimes I ask myself can this problem be fixed because it seems like a never ending cycle. But, to every problem there is a solution. My solution is education. If we educate our youth, teach them good morals and give them more opportunities to go to college then I believe that the number of teenagers having children will decrease and the number of single parent homes will decrease also. People who are educated are more focused on their career and have children when they’re ready.

Song For This Entry – MEET THE PARENTS – JAY-Z

About Edmund Adjapong

Edmund Adjapong, a native of the Bronx, NY, is a student at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Science Education and received a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Africana Studies from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Edmund believes every student learns differently. He also believes that engaging young men with media–despite its unconventional method–is an effective way to educate. Edmund enjoys working with and mentoring youth, especially young men of color, as they are our future. He fell in love with Hip-Hop after memorizing Puff Daddy's song "All about the Benjamins," in the third grade. Following the completion of his masters degree, Edmund plans on teaching science in a New York City public school and pursuing his Doctorate of Philosophy in Science Education. His ultimate goal is to become a science educator and researcher. This blog is a reflection of Edmund’s thoughts during his journey toward a terminal degree. For more information about Edmund Adjapong please feel free to contact him at: E.adjapong@gmail.com
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One Response to Single Family Homes In Urban Communities

  1. Anonymous says:

    I agree that fathers need to stop abandoning their children. But what about the mothers? They chose to open their legs to these men, don’t they deserve some of the blame?

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