No but 500 million self-righteous paranoid idiots might.

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Guess im an idiot today peza at least ballsy enough to not just give the answer everybody wants to hear and will delude themselves into thinking its true.

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did you count Ozzy ? He's from Birmingham !

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The problem might lie in women with no source of income who become a drain on the society. But what is your definition of "single"--unmarried, not in a relationship, not in a relationship with the child's father?

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i think there is a problem with our society right now

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I personally believe it creates a huge problem, along with a being significant financial drain on our society. Moreover, single motherhood very commonly leads to poverty, both for Mom and her children. In fact, single motherhood is a very reliable predictor of future long-term poverty. It can be form of poverty from which it is very hard for any of the parties involved, to escape. <br />
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So, then, why become a single mother, in the first place? In some cases it is born of a naive view of reality. In other instances, it is unintended and unplanned. Anyone can have "an accident, " for sure, but in many cases single motherhood represent a conscious choice. Certainly, the second, third or more such occurrence should not represent any sort of "accident." Contraception is readily available to anyone and subsidized for those who cannot afford it. <br />
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The individual who chooses a lifestyle which predisposes her to single motherhood truly needs to ask the question as to whether this decision is in her best interest, the best interest of her future children and, also, whether it serves the good of society, as a whole. Equally important, do we, as a society, want to enable persons to chose lifestyles which commonly condemn all of the involved parties to poverty. I think not. <br />
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Food for thought. Are some of our policies and programs, in this regard, truly helping the people we strive to assist? Rather, perhaps we mean well with all the various programs we have in place to "serve" the single mother but, in reality, we are not truly "helping" anyone. Have we become enablers? Are we fostering poverty and dependency. Perhaps we, as a society, have the best of intentions but, when all is said and one, could it be that what we are doing is the equivalent of "buying a drunk, a drink." I am not convinced that our present system, as it it currently structured, actually "helps" anyone. <br />
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I also would question how many single mothers out there would choose this same lifestyle for their own daughters. How many of the women here, who find themselves in this situation, would counsel their daughter to pursue a similar lifestyle. I am willing to bet most of the single mothers on this forum would counsel their daughters to avoid becoming pregnant while very young and without any hope of independently supporting their child. I suspect that the vast majority of the single mothers would prefer their own daughters to focus on their education, future job training and, most importantly, defer childbearing until they locate a responsible male who is willing to co-parent a child with them. <br />
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If he is not willing to mentor (parent) the child and also pay for its upbringing, then he needs to either keep it in his pants or put a condom on it. As for the ladies, well they/we need to stop putting out for losers. As a women, I find that decent and responsible men can _____ (redacted) just as well (if not better) than jerks.

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It isn't the number of parents a child has that matters, but their parents' ability to care for them. One effective parent is much better than two ineffective parents. I believe that it's best for a child to have at least one good parent to rely on, and for a bunch of parents in a cooperating community to help each other take care of them.

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The Q is ill phrased because it can encompass so many social problems. Are these mothers single by divorce, teen pregnancy, single and unemployed, abandoned by fathers, single by choice, system failure to collect child support, etc? Are these mothers generationally in a poverty decline, minimum wage cycle, drop-out cycle, etc. ? From a social work perspective, for example, there are so many dimensions that would be explored at an intake of such a mother that your Q would not even be considered when attempting to establish a viable plan. If you simply want us to say, "Fathers are relevant to children", I am sure most of us would say - yes- if they are not abusive

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i don't think i was asking if fathers are relevant, but more about the effect on society in general, if one.

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Your relpy to Literaturegirl referenced the relevece of fathers

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she was talking about prejudice against single mothers.

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i think it does have a huge impact on the children. not necessarily a problem, but for some it is.

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Kids need at least one decent and participating parent. Two is sure a bonus, but one can get the job done, One is a whole lot better than one decent parent and one toxic.

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No, I think what's impacting america is not having more family friendly laws. there's actually no way to measure the number of single mothers...as all they can measure is if the woman was wed at the time of the child's birth and divorces and such. This is the 1800's a lot of those women are in relationships. People don't feel as obligated to get married these days.

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Yes, and one word to sum up that generations problems, emo.

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Of course. Whose to blame doesnt matter.

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well said, care to give an opinion on how?

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Naw.

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