Fathers - Single

Menstuff® has compiled information and books on the issue of Single Fathers. According to the Census, there are 12.3 million single parents in the U.S., 2.3 million of them men.


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Mark Brandenburg

Ted Braude

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Tim Hartnett

John Hershey

Bruce Linton

Steven Svoboda

Linda Nielsen

Reena Sommer

Peter Baylies

Single Fathers
Single Fathers, Father's Day: June 21, 1998
Single-Father Versus Two-Parent Families
Fathers as Child-Care Providers
Your first post-divorce date
One man finds that he and his date’s child don’t hit it off. Should he retreat?
Take Our Daughters And Sons to Work Week

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How Many Fathers?
Percentage of custodial fathers receiving noncash support, such as gifts or coverage of expenses, on behalf of their children. The corresponding proportion for mothers was 55.0 percent.

Single Fathers: Pew Research Reports Number Of Single Dads Has Jumped In U.S.
There is yet another data point to add to the changing portrait of American parents: the number of single fathers has risen ninefold since demographers began measuring it more than 50 years ago.

Back in 1960 there were fewer than 300,000 households headed by single dads, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data released today by the Pew Research Center. By 2011 that had grown to more than 2.6 million. That’s more than twice the rate of growth of single mother-led households, which quadrupled in the same period, to 8.6 million from 1.9 million.

Yes, single mothers still ferociously outnumber single fathers. And yes, the percentage of households with minor children that are headed by dads is still small -- only 8 percent of all US households at last count. But men reflect a growing portion of single parent households -- almost one quarter, compared with only 14 percent in 1960. And, single parent households are a growing share of all American families; back in 1960, 92 percent of all households had two married parents raising children while in 2011 it was down to 67 percent.

The study found measurable differences between the homes of single mothers and fathers. First, there is more likely to be a partner present. Though the study defines a “single father” as an unmarried man who heads hisr household and lives with his own minor children, he is not necessarily the only parent present. Among these “single fathers”, 41 percent are cohabiting with a partner, far higher than the 16 percent of single mothers who are doing the same. Single fathers are also different from fathers in married households; married fathers are more likely to be older, better off financially and white.

Why the increase? Possible reasons include an increase in both the rate of divorce and non-marital births since 1960, both of which have contributed to an increase in the number of single parents of both sexes. At the same time, courts have been more likely to grant custody to fathers.

It is also a reflection of the changing role of fathers in general. They are, arguably, where women were a decade ago in their awareness that they want a different life/work equation but are not yet sure what theirs should be. They also want a different relationship with their children than their own fathers were expected to have. And they are definitely heading in the right direction, and taking the whole of society along with them.

By the Numbers

70.1 million Estimated number of fathers across the nation in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available.

24.7 million Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2014. •21 percent had three or more children younger than 18 in the household (among married-couple families only). •3 percent were living in someone else's home with their families.

1.9 million Number of single fathers in 2014; 16 percent of single parents were men.

•9 percent had three or more children younger than 18 in the household.

•About 43.5 percent were divorced, 33.0 percent were never married, 18.8 percent were separated, and 4.7 percent were widowed.

7,157 The number of men's clothing stores around the country in 2013, a good place to buy dad a tie or shirt.

15,253 The number of hardware stores in 2013, a place to buy hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers and other items high on the list of Father's Day gifts. Additionally, there were 6,543 home centers across the country in 2013.

21,559 Number of sporting goods stores in 2013. These stores are good places to purchase traditional gifts for dad, such as fishing rods and golf clubs.

971 The number of sports teams and clubs in 2013. These include professional or semiprofessional sports teams or clubs primarily engaged in participating in live sporting events that many dads either participate in or enjoy.

38,900 The number of electronics stores in 2013 selling new consumer-type electronic products, always great gifts for dads.

Stay-at-Home Dads

211,000 Estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2014. These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wife works outside the home. These fathers cared for about 420,000 children.

18% In spring 2011, the percentage of preschoolers regularly cared for by their father during their mother's working hours.

Child-Support Payments

$2 billion Amount of child support received by custodial fathers in 2011; they were due $3.7 billion. Custodial mothers received $19.5 billion of the $31.7 billion in support that was due.

41.4% Percentage of custodial fathers who received all child support that was due in 2011, not statistically different from the corresponding percentage for custodial mothers, 43.6 percent. Slightly fewer dead-beat-dads than dead-beat-moms. Editor.

63.9% Percentage of custodial fathers receiving noncash support, such as gifts or coverage of expenses, on behalf of their children. The corresponding proportion for mothers was 55.0 percent.
Source: www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/02/single-fathers-pew-research_n_3535586.html

Single Fathers, Father's Day: June 21, 1998

- The number of single fathers in the United States has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years: there were 2.0 million in 1997, 50 percent more than in 1990 and triple the number in 1980. Consequently, these families comprised 5 percent of all parent-child families in 1997, up from 2 percent in 1980. More traditional family situations, in which the child lives with two parents, numbered 25.6 million in 1997. www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam.html

- Most of the nation's single fathers (84 percent) maintained their own household in 1997. The remainder lived in the home of a relative (12 percent) or a nonrelative (4 percent). www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam.html

- In 1997, nearly half of single fathers (46 percent) were divorced, while 32 percent never married, 13 percent were separated and about 5 percent each were widowed and separated due to reasons other than martial discord. www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam.html

- The majority of single fathers (61 percent) were raising one child in 1997; 10 percent were raising three or more. www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam.html

- In 1997, about three-quarters of the nation's single fathers (76 percent) were White, another 19 percent were African American; and 13 percent were Hispanics, who may be of any race. www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam.html

Single-Father Versus Two-Parent Families

- Following are some social and economic indicators for children living with a single father and those living with two parents. The data are for 1996 unless otherwise indicated:

Children living with their father only:

Source: www.census.gov/Press-Release/cb98-56.html

One man finds that he and his date’s child don’t hit it off. Should he retreat?

You’ve got to be smart about dating women with young children. As my Gilda-Gram advises, “The way to a woman’s heart is through her children.” If you want to make a go of this romance, one of you two males must take on the role of adult. Certainly, you can’t expect this from an 11-year-old. To sing in this choir, you’ll have to change your tune. Here’s how:

Initiate a relationship with this boy independent of your relationship with his mother. Take him out for a day, and get to know him. Go out of your way to discover his interests. Inconvenience yourself to bend in the direction of his interests. Listen to him!

Change your attitude. If you want his mother, accept the fact that you’ll have to go through her son. If you resent this set-up, leave the romance at once.

You were once an 11-year-old yourself. Remember how you were then and vow to make life more comfortable for this scared little boy. If you succeed, invite me to the wedding.

Source: Relationship expert Dr. Gilda (www.DrGilda.com ) has a private practice, is a motivational speaker and associate professor of business, psychology, and communications at New York's Mercy College. Her best-selling books include Don't Bet on the Prince! How to Have the Man You Want by Betting On Yourself and He's Not All That! How to Attract the Good Guys. msn.match.com/msn/article.aspx?articleid=6232&menuid=7&lid=0

Fathers as Child-Care Providers

- In fall 1993, there were 6.3 million married-couple families with preschoolers where the mother worked. Among these families, 25 percent of the fathers cared for the children during the mother's working hours. About 1 in 5 fathers in these married-couple families cared for their preschoolers during more of the mothers' working hours than any other care provider. www.census.gov/Press-Release/cb97-165.html

- In fall 1993, fathers in married-couple families were more likely to care for their preschoolers while the mother worked if they were not employed, had a part-time job or worked evening shifts than if they were employed, had a full-time job or worked a day shift. www.census.gov/Press-Release/cb97-165.html

The data are subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Questions or comments on this product should be directed to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office, 301.457.3030; fax: 301.457.3670 or pio@census.gov


Less Health Insurance In Single-Dad Homes

Children living in single-father households are more likely than those in homes headed by a single mother or a married couple to lack health insurance, a Census Bureau survey found. read more
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC274/333/342/368641.html?d=dmtICNNews

Single Dads Less Likely to have Health Insurance

Single-father households are less likely to have health insurance than other types of families with children, a U.S. Census Bureau survey finds.

The new results from 2001 data are surprising, since single-mother families have a median income of $22,000, which is some $10,000 less than single-father households, reports the Associated Press.

In households with one child, about 20 percent of the 1.5 million single-father American families lack insurance, compared with 17 percent of 4.5 million single-mother families and 10 percent of the 10.3 million married couple homes with comparable incomes, the survey finds. The results are similar in households with more than one child.

The 2000 Census finds that the number of single-dad families rose 62 percent in the prior decade to 2.2 million, the AP reports.
Source: www.healthscout.com/printerFriendly.asp?ap=1&id=1502640

Single Dads Wage Revolution

The number of single fathers has doubled in the USA in the past ten years. This article from the New York Times talks about how these dads are coping with this challenge. Source: www.nytimes.com/2001/06/17/national/17FATH.html

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