As the daughter of a single mother I was completely disgusted when I heard the statement Mike Huckabee made about Natalie Portman. Not only was this statement false, but it was also irresponsible in many many ways. For one thing Natalie is not a single mother and is in fact enagaged to the father of her child. Secondly even though I agree that there are many single mothers that have difficulties raising their children there are just as many others that do not and being a single parent is not an automatic precursor to welfare and ill behaved children. In fact there are many single mothers that are well educated with great jobs that are able to raise their children just fine. And there are even more single mothers with well established support systems consisting of family and friends.
My mother raised me incredibly well and I can think of many more friends that can say the exact same thing about their single mothers. We weren’t rich, but she managed to send me to private schools my entire life and I was never once sent to school unprepared. I never missed a school function, my grades were always great, holidays were never a disappointment and I was constantly surrounded with love. And I can think of many kids with two parents that never had any of that. I believe when people picture single mothers they see the stereotype of a woman that is stuck raising a child on their own with little to no resources and that is not necessarily the case.
There are many single mothers that are widows, divorced, or have chosen to raise children on their own and they do a terrific job. In fact I would say it is poverty more than single motherhood that effects ones ability to raise children properly. When parents are forced to work all hours of the day just to make ends meet the children are the ones in the end that suffer and that is the case whether there are two parents or one. And in all of those cases rather than judging we should be helping people. Everyone has their own unique family situation and I believe that as long as the child has love and someone to take care of them, they will be fine. And furthermore everyone needs to stop focusing on problems with others families and spend more time making sure theirs are good.
Oh and also I would just like to throw in that as a kid (like most children) I never knew there was anything different about my family until outside people told me so. So maybe we shouldn’t keep throwing the message out there that children of single parents are doomed because there could be some kid listening and they just might take you seriously.
And le daily pic:
Makes me look like an anime character, which I find cool.