April 2, 2007

Successful Single Parenting

“So, you’re a single parent. Take heart: You are not alone.

It is ever more common for a parent—father or mother—to end up facing the challenges of life without a mate but with children. In the United States, single-parent households more than tripled between 1990 and 2002. Now, almost 3 in 10 American children under age 18 live with only one parent. Fully 10 million women lead their households alone; 2.3 million men face the same challenge. The trend is similar in other Western nations.

Raising a family is a tough job even for two parents. Being a single parent—acting as both dad and mom—is daunting and demanding. Yours is not an easy task.”

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Good parenting advice from ex-driver

KUALA LUMPUR: Abd Majid Yusof, 73, used to ferry two of his children at a time on his motorcycle to their tuition classes.

“When there was not enough money for their schooling needs, I would pawn jewellery or do whatever it takes,” said the former Public Works Department driver from Kelantan.

Abd Majid, who was among five people who received the Maulidul Rasul award from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin yesterday, has 16 children, 87 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

His parenting style of “being firm but not hard” on his children is the key to their success in life. Most of them succeeded in entering universities.

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