The Single Life

Sociologists call the rise of single motherhood disturbing. This mom says she's a family too

When the Census released its latest snapshot of the American family last week, some pundits described the picture as "alarming" and "disturbing," not the kind you'd want to paste into your favorite album. The American family is changing--shifting away from a traditional nuclear structure toward a variety of reconfigurations, and a big reason is a 25% increase since 1990 in the number of single mothers raising children. (The number of single fathers raising children is also up--a whopping 62%--although they are still vastly outnumbered by single mothers.) And for the first time, the number of traditional families--a married mom and pop...

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