His research focuses on the economic insecurity of single mothers and their children.
“There’s cognitive development, there is behavior – the children, especially the boys are more likely to act out the girls are more likely to be withdrawn, to internalize.” Garfinkel co-authored a national study called Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing that found that kids in single parent homes are more likely to score lower on standardized tests and do poorly in class.
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But your kids should never have to look at you and say if we don’t have the money its ok I understand.
That is just not something that is supposed to come out of your kid’s mouth.” And more recently Alexa’s teacher phoned home because "she wasn’t eating lunch during the day because she didn’t want me to have to pay for it because she knew I was struggling.” Neither Alexa’s nor her son Dante’s fathers are in the picture right now nor do they help out financially.
Vierra is one of an estimated 30,000 single mothers in the state.
As a group, single mothers have lower incomes and are less educated – more than 55 percent of New Hampshire’s single mothers have a high school diploma or less – and they are more likely to work a minimum-wage job. Census, married couples who are college educated and have two incomes earn a median income of 0,000, while the median income of a female-headed household with children has hovered around ,000 a year for the last ten years.
OK, great, I am more than happy to sit down for a half hour an hour, whatever time I have.
And she says making time to read to Alexa after work was difficult once her son Dante was born.
“Especially now that I have the baby, it is almost even harder because I don’t have time to sit down with her and help her with her homework.
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