Have you ever encountered a child from a single parent family?
Chances are, your answer is yes.
Single Parent families have unique challenges which mean that their children are not always able to engage fully and confidently at school or at child care.
Kids who are spending time in more than one house are frequently at risk of not having the correct gear handy for that day’s school requirements. They are at risk of being put on the wrong bus home. They are at risk of discrimination among their peers when it comes to birthday parties and other events which they may not be able to afford to attend or reciprocate. They are at risk of disengaging from activities which are not relevant to them, such as Father’s Day craft activities or Dad’s events (of course there are single father families too, but this gives you a taste of the issues facing kids from single parent families today).
Single parents who must both earn a living and be there for their child as the primary carer also face challenges. They are less able to commit to parent help in schools and to take their children to after-school activities. Therefore they are at risk of becoming isolated and disengaged from the community.
Educators are dedicated people who care deeply about the children in their care. You want to get the very best from each child and you constantly hope and pray for better and more engagement from parents.
Have you considered ways in which you can get this engagement from the single parent families in your area?
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