Single parents! Slovenly, all on benefit, all fat and lazy and their kids are all badly brought up and likely to be poorly educated drug taking criminals.
That is, if you believe the papers especially those on a Sunday. It seems never a week goes by without some "single parent bashing". Even at worst, surely the papers understand that for 50% of single parents it wasn't their fault that they are single!
It is time to stop. Single parents have to deal with access problems (now called contact), residence, parental responsiblity issues, child support and maintenance let alone all the day to day things which are needed in all families. They may be recovering from getting a divorce. From what I've seen of single parents in my 25 years as a divorce lawyer, they do a damned good job and deserve our support and respect not constant bashing. It has an effect, you know.
Oh and editors----there are men who are single parents too.