Single Parents

There are 12.2 million single parents in the United States according to Of the 12.2 million, 10 million are single mothers and 2.2 are single fathers. What does this statistic say to you?

Perhaps this is an important fact to recite to your daughters. Help the young girls understand that a third of the births in America in 2002 were to unmarried women, 89% of whom are unmarried teenagers, ages 15 to 19.

The price of birth control pills increased this month from $10 to over $50 on many college campuses. Abstaining from sexual activity may be a good idea but in the heat of the moment, that plan failed in your day, my day and throughout history. It does not work today either.

Young people need to be protected with knowledge, state of the art birth control and disease control until their assertiveness and will power catches up to their passion or dependence on aggressive partners.

Prevention that works is required.

©2009, Molly Barrow

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Dr. Molly Barrow holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is the author of the new book, Matchlines: A revolutionary New Way of looking at relationships and making the right choices in love. She is an authority on relationship and psychological topics, a member of the American Psychological Association and a licensed mental health counselor. Dr. Molly has appeared as an expert on NBC, PBS, KTLA, and in O Magazine, Psychology Today, Newsday,,, Women's Health and Women's World. Please visit: or Take the new relationship compatibility test, Match Lines Systems for Successful Relationships for Singles, Couples and Business at Molly has a radio program, Your Relationship Answers at

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