A single parent is a parent who is separated or widowed or who has never been married and is responsible for taking care of her child or children on her own without the help of a partner. During the last 20 years, families with only one parent have become increasingly common, with the number of single-parent families being expected to rise each year indefinitely.

Single parents face a lot more stress and hardship than parents in two-parent households. Parents who raise their children alone are more likely to drop out of high school and not pursue a college education. They are often unable to spend enough quality time with their children and are likely to face custody problems, while also dealing with increased stress due to relationship problems within the family.