There are many lessons that children growing up in single mom homes learn along their path. Some are specifically taught to them, while others are learned as much by observation as by teachings. However they learn these lessons, as young teenagers and young adults they put the skills learned by these benefits into practice.
Some important benefits of being raised in a single mom home are:
How to handle money
Whether children come from poor or well-to-do single mom homes, they will learn lessons about money. Whether or not they receive an allowance, they will learn lessons about money. Children watch how their mothers handle money. They can be taught to save their own money to purchase something of value to them, and how to budget for items they want or need more quickly. Children can even be given opportunities to earn money.
Teach your children that paying the bills comes first, and buying healthy foods comes next. Show them that instant gratification is less important than having what they need. Be sure they know the difference between true needs and desires.
How to handle stress and anger
When a single mother practices productive ways of handling stress and anger herself, she is better able to teach children how to do the same. If a single mother exhibits healthy reactions to stressful situations, her children will be more likely to do the same and take these skills into adulthood. Being able to handle stressful situations will help them in their adult lives, both with personal relationships and those of a more public nature.
How to be responsible
When a single mother is responsible, her child is more likely to be the same. Teaching children to be responsible includes giving them daily responsibilities that are beneficial to the working of their household and teaching them to take responsibility for their actions. When they make a mistake, it is important they learn to own up to it and deal with the consequences.
How to solve problems
Sometimes it is helpful to allow children to work things out on their own. It may not go exactly the way it would have if the mother were in charge, but it will happen. Children will get over their differing opinions and work things out among themselves.
How to take care of themselves
With only one parent in the home, children learn rather quickly how to do things for themselves. They learn personal hygiene, household, and other important skills that they will need to take into their adult lives, often more quickly than other children. This is not because mom does not care and want to do things for her children, but simply because she does not have time to do everything.
How to form bonds with other adults
Particularly in single parent homes, children look outside the home for one or more additional adults to fill voids or help them when mom is unavailable due to work, school, or other situations. For girls, this will not necessarily be a father figure, and this person may not be a mother figure for a boy. Good role models will go a long way in helping children to form bonds with adults. Choose your friends wisely, and your children will learn to do the same.
There are, of course, other benefits of growing up in a single parent home.
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