This month has many important observance days, including the religious day of Ash Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day, International Women’s Day, National Employee Appreciation Day, Certified Nurses Day, National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, National Vietnam Veterans Day and Transgender Day of Visibility.
This year, we’ve chosen to give particular notice to National Single Parents Day.
On March 21, the day honors the mothers and fathers raising children with all of the hard work, devotion and sacrifice that involves. Doing it with 2 parents is challenging enough. Without a partner, it’s double the burden, at least. Between work, school, daycare, doctor visits – and Covid – one person can only do so much.
Many single parents get support from family. Like 2 partner families, grandparents, siblings and other extended family members help out. Others do not get that assistance.
The number of single parents and the causes for single parenting have changed over the years. In current times, divorce and personal choice have increasingly become an option, but the “parent who is present,” the “custodial parent,” or “parent of primary residence,” usually bears more of the responsibility of child raising and is considered to be a “single-parent.”
According to the Pew Research Center, the United States as the world’s highest rate of children living in single parent households. Almost 25% of U.S. children under the age of 18 live with one parent and 35% of the children in this country are being raised by single parents. Not surprisingly, 80% of single parents are single mothers.
Observe the day by reaching out to single parents you know and do something special for them. Spread the word by posting pictures and using has tax on your social media platforms.