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Feb 9, 2013 @ 1:10 PM Define Single Parent    
JoSnow


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What's the definition of a single parent?
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Feb 10, 2013 @ 7:08 AM Define Single Parent    
oct_cat


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I could look up the official definition, but I'd like to hazard a guess that the term "single parent" is a shortened term which was originally "single parent household". And of course that would mean a household where there is 1 parent & the other parent of the child(ren) is living somewhere else.
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Feb 15, 2013 @ 11:57 AM Define Single Parent    
Gallows_Humor


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on the surface this was a simple question..( i thought)

..but in retrospect is became more complicated as I thought about it..and looked at it from the perspective of the parent.. and then the child..

if both parents are not living together... but have equal say in the things that matter in raising their child(ren) are they single parents?

or if a parent is not married.. they are indeed a single parent... but the child still has two parents... unless one is totally out of the picture....

and then the fact of step-parents enters into the equation... so it is possible to have 3 or 4 (or more) parents..too....





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Feb 16, 2013 @ 10:36 PM Define Single Parent    
wiccked


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Feb 17, 2013 @ 12:17 PM Define Single Parent    
Gallows_Humor


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.... what..are you saying I over-thought it??











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Feb 17, 2013 @ 1:41 PM Define Single Parent    
wiccked


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You are getting really good at reading my mind.....
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Feb 17, 2013 @ 1:44 PM Define Single Parent    
Angel178


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Feb 17, 2013 @ 11:16 PM Define Single Parent    
BandTMom


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My definition of a single parent is one parent raising a child entirely on their own....without help from the other.

I am a single parent.
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Feb 18, 2013 @ 11:02 AM Define Single Parent    
Gallows_Humor


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Feb 18, 2013 @ 7:57 PM Define Single Parent    
oct_cat


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But then what would you call a parent who is not married, is not living with the father (or mother in a man's case), is raising the child independently when the child is with them & not with the other parent. But the child still goes to the other parent's house also??
After I moved into my own place & was divorced, I was single and I was a parent.
Single Parent!
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Mar 24, 2013 @ 8:05 PM Define Single Parent    
Loreli


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still single parent.
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Apr 2, 2013 @ 10:04 AM Define Single Parent    
Angel178


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I am a single parent. I am financially responsible for the three children. I have residential custody. I can get full custody if I choose because he had things to fulfill by the court to keep joint custody. He has not done them. I just don't want to go thru the emotional hassle of going to court. There is no need...I make all of the decisions. Father sees them 3x a year and pays child support 2x a year (because he finally gets an arrest warrent out on him). He does not split summer camp, or any extras that are stated in the divorce papers. I stopped fighting for him to be part of their lives 5 years ago. I never talk badly about him to the children...I figure he will ruin it all on his own. And he did. Daughter can't stand to be around him or talk to him. And so it begins...he only has himself to blame.

Some of you will say I'm not a single parent because John has been raising them for 31/2 years. Does he buy them things? Absolutely. Does he pay to take us places? Yes But, I am the one who pays my bills...not him. So, for now, I continue to be a single parent.
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Aug 16, 2013 @ 10:30 AM Define Single Parent    
JoSnow


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Interesting thoughts ... mine are similar to Oct_Cat's, but then I also agree with Mom and the raising children entirely on one's own, without the assistance of the absent parent.
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Aug 17, 2013 @ 11:25 AM Define Single Parent    
Tunes4u


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A parent lee


I am a single parent as well.....

I have been through high school 5 times including my own trip.

You would think I could answer the questions on that 1912 8th grade exam that has been going around, but most of the questions are too hard. I mean....there isn't a single question about which bathroom I should use if I was a tranny.....of course....I couldn't answer that one either.
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Aug 19, 2013 @ 11:33 AM Define Single Parent    
JoSnow


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A parent lee

I have a feeling I'm going to kick myself once I ask you what you are on about Thomas?
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Nov 5, 2013 @ 1:35 PM Define Single Parent    
lj450


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Too many parents spoil the brew
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Dec 7, 2013 @ 11:09 AM Define Single Parent    
Angel178


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I actually agreed with lj! Must need more coffee!
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Dec 7, 2013 @ 11:35 AM Define Single Parent    
clickityclack


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Apr 13, 2015 @ 10:15 PM Define Single Parent    
care4love167


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I'm single parent too and there the best parent in the world
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Aug 10 @ 6:32 PM Define Single Parent    
pmark1234


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hello
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