Now, I know you were looking at today’s topic and a number of things probably came to mind…namely the song by Beyonce entitled this. And yes, that is definitely what I was going for J I would like to present some facts to you about single mothers cuz we are doing our thang, if I must say so myself.
So we’ve all heard the negative statistics about single parenting and kids that come from single parent households but I am here to present to you some positivity. So, here are some uplifting/encouraging statistics about single parenting and the kids that come from single parent homes, mom-led homes, in particular.
In reality, single mothers are doing alright for themselves. They are educated, achieving what society has said is nearly impossible and raising great kids to boot. According to, Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2011, a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau every two years:
- 47% of single mothers are gainfully employed; full-time and year-round. 28.8% are employed part-time or part of the year. —- Make that money, working mama!
- The number of single moms that had less than a high school education decreased from 22.2% in 1994 to 15.6% in 2012. A 6.6% difference.
- The number of single moms with at least an Associates degree increased to 30.4% in 2012 from 17.1% in 1994. That is a 13.3% difference! —- Way to go, educated mama!
- 10% of single mothers with full-time, year-round employment live in poverty. While only 9.3% of those custodial mothers/single parent families with a bachelor’s degree live in poverty.
- The amount of custodial parents that sought child support-related assistance from state departments of social services and welfare offices decreased by 16.1% from 42.2% in 1994 to 26.1% in 2012.
As you can see, we single moms are doing our thing. Not only are we more educated but we are raising our kids alone, both physically and financially, and still doing well, overall. We are not only surviving but we are thriving and are comfortable with the place where we are in life and realizing that it’s okay to be a single mom, even if society does look down on it. We know our role, our goal and have a mission. We are destroying the negative stereotypes and showing the world not to count our children out. 1 in 4 children are being raised in a single parent home but there are studies and evidence that shows that these children are more educated, own their own homes and make more money as adults. So, to all of my fellow single moms out there, don’t give up because you are raising our future doctors, lawyers, teachers, authors, business owners, actors, musicians, professional athletes, Olympians and even presidents!
I leave you with a list of some people you all may know who were raised by some strong single mamas: Tom Cruise, Halle Berry, Barack Obama, Julia Roberts, Alicia Keys, Barbara Streisand, Shemar Moore, Lance Armstrong, Pierce Brosnan, Shaquille O’Neal, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Matt LeBlanc, Mariah Carey, Kate Beckinsale, Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs, Mary J. Blige, Stephen Colbert, Jay-Z, Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Eva Mendes, Demi Moore, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Mekhi Phifer, Keanu Reeves, Kanye West, Shania Twain, Jodie Foster, Lebron James, Derrick Rose and many more.
A Fellow Single Mom