In Praise of Single Parents: Mothers and Fathers Embracing the Challenge

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9780395574362: In Praise of Single Parents: Mothers and Fathers Embracing the Challenge

This book presents single parenting in the voices of the real experts - the parents themselves. Shoshana Alexander weaves her firsthand account as a single mother with the personal stories of many other men and women who, by choice or by circumstance, are raising children by themselves. The challenges these parents face in their individual lives are those faced by all families in our nation, revealing that the issue is not only how one parent can raise children alone, but also how we as a society are raising our children.

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A founding editor of the Utne Reader and a writer, Alexander's relationship with her lover ended while she was pregnant with the now five-year-old Elias. Having had some time to consider her position, she's come up with some wise reflections. Noting that "our own parents by age fifteen would have been as likely to lose a parent through death as a child today is through divorce," she points out that an increasingly fragmented society no longer provides organic supports for single mothers or for the single fathers who now head up 14% of single-parent households. The result of four years' labor, Alexander has drawn on numerous written sources, her own experiences and those of more than 100 interviewees of various circumstances, ages and races who became single parents through death, divorce, abandonment--or insemination. Rather than just framing her interviewees' observations, she weaves them all together in chapters on becoming a single parent, on dealing with its accompanying feelings of guilt and fear, on the often very intense closeness between a single parent and his or her child, and on coping with an old partner and finding a new one. Her voice is thoughtful, loving, wise, useful and one that even the most overwhelmed single parent should try to find time to read. Includes an extensive resource section listing books (for parents and children), support groups, organizations and periodicals.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Facing single parenthood five years ago, Alexander sought a book that would include positive as well as negative aspects of raising a child alone. This is the book she could not find. A founding editor of the Utne Reader , Alexander interviewed more than 100 single parents representing all stages of the parenting process. Their personal accounts, which comprise the bulk of this book, relate the problems and solutions, frustrations and joys of solo child-rearing. Alexander supplements their experiences with information she gleaned from an extensive bibliography of books, articles, and U.S. government statistical sources. Each chapter treats a particular aspect of single parenting, including finances, child care, dating, and nurturing one's self. This easy-to-read book provides encouragement, insight, and practical advice. Chapter bibliographies and lists of helpful organizations offer further assistance. Recommended for libraries serving single parents and those serving counseling programs.
- Carol R. Nelson, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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