Baby Needs a Parent is a song for single parents. Single parenting can be overwhelming and lonely at times, but it can also be less complicated when you don’t have to deal with the other parent. Some single parents buy things for their children to compensate for the loss of the other parent, but kids don’t need more stuff, they need a well-adjusted adult in their life who loves them and can model a full range of healthy emotions.

Some single parent homes have produced some very well-balanced children, including homes with gay and lesbian parents. Children who grow up in such a home do not automatically become homosexual themselves, because as these special parents point out, "Gee, we grew up with heterosexual parents; that didn't influence our sexual orientation.”  

Baby Needs a Parent

Baby don’t need no silver spoon
Don’t need no rub-a-dub-dub
It’s apparent that a baby needs a parent who
Can give that baby some love!

Now every baby’s got one Mama
And every baby’s got one Pop
These days some babies live with one or the other
Cause the parents get all split-up!

Now if a baby’s only got one person
To guide that baby along
Well you might think “that’s a one-sided baby”
But maybe you might be wrong

Though everybody says that a baby girl
Needs to learn a woman’s gentle touch
And a boy needs a man to raise him, and
To show him how to be tough, . .

You know a baby can grow-up gentle
When a gentle Daddy takes good care
And a baby can grow up stron and brave
When a strong, brave Mama is there!

Now every baby’s gotta have at least one person
Who can be both gentle and strong
Well if the Mama and the Daddy can both do that
Then that baby’s never gonna go wrong!

Written by Peter Alsop, ©1980 Moose School Music (BMI)

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Peter Alsop is a nationally known singer-songwriter, educator and humorist with a Ph.D. in educational psychology. He graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut and did his doctoral work at Columbia University's Teachers' College and Columbia Pacific University. He worked as the Director of The Harbor Schools Residential Treatment Center for emotionally disturbed adolescents in Maine and as a New York City elementary school teacher in the South Bronx ghetto.

Peter has produced nineteen audio recordings and seven videos and dvd's for which he consistently wins "Best Children's" awards from Parents' Choice and the Association For Independent Music. His songs are used daily by thousands of parents, educators and human service professionals to help families discuss sensitive issues. His "Wake Up" video with John Ritter helps families prevent child abuse and abduction. He's acted on stage and on television, directed a feature film, and performs extensively at conferences, festivals and concerts throughout the United States, Canada as well as hosting an annual training workshops at his Otter Space conference center in Northern California. He lives in Topanga, California with his wife, actress/director Ellen Geer, and their two daughters Willow and Megan. Contact: Moose School Productions, Box 960, Topanga, CA 90290 or 310-455-2318 or E-Mail or

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