You already know that the days of Leave It To Beaver are over – one look around your local restaurant or even the Oscar noms, and it’s obvious that the nuclear family no longer dominates family structure. In fact, the National Center for Health Statistics says that nuclear families only make up about 20 percent of households in the U.S. But despite a growing acceptance of open-ended “normal” family structures, a new poll out of the Pew Research Center shows that many Americans still don’t think highly of single mothers.
Questioning Single Mommies Photo: Erin McFarland Photography
Pew polled 2,700 people on their thoughts about the following relationship and parenting trends: Unmarried parents, gay parents, single mothers, unmarried parents living together, working mothers, interracial marriages and women who choose not to have children. Of those polled, a third accepted all of these family structures except for single motherhood. So why are single mothers getting such backlash? Well, the folks at Pew think it has to do with single mommies only bringing home a single income. We have to admit we’re pretty shocked with the results and kinda wish single daddies had been an option thrown in there…
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