Most people confuse single parenting with co-parenting.
It is not to be confused that if you co-parent, both parents are playing a role of supporting and raising the child. Recent years have seen the increasing incidence and visibility of uncoupled women who choose to be single parents.
In American society, where living standard is very high, single moms and single dads are more likely to be poor, not only because they don't have help in the household, but also because they didn't have much money to begin with.
In addition, there is a debate on the behavioral effects of children with incarcerated parents, and how losing one or both parents to incarceration affects their academic performance and social well-being with others.
The Institute for the Study of Civil Society reports that children of single parents, after controlling for other variables like family income, are more likely to have problems.
It has also been shown that children living in areas of South Africa are the very most likely to live with a single parent.
Overall, according to the New York Times', how a single parent is defined is dependent on each individual country's culture.
The demographics of single parenting show a general increase worldwide in children living in single parent homes.
Single parenting has become a norm in the United States and is a trend found in many other countries.
(National Women's Law Center, Poverty & Income Among Women & Families, 2000-2013) The topic is less contentious in Western European countries where all families enjoy more robust state-sponsored social benefits.
Single parenthood has been common historically due to parental mortality rate (due to disease, wars and maternal mortality).
A motherless daughter could be a woman who has experienced a mother who may have quit nurturing her at an earlier age, and then she loses her mother again through death as an adult. A motherless daughter might be a woman who has a living mother but has never experienced her mother’s nurturing care.