Friday, January 25, 2013

Single Dads: Now Comprise More Lone Parents in Canada

Apparently, the increase in the number of single father families is not just a trend in the United States. Canada has also experienced a similar development. It appears to be a trend in many Western countries because, according to the Toronto Star, “One explanation for the jump in father-led single families is that fewer mothers are granted sole custody following a divorce than in decades past.[i]

While single mothers “still comprise about 80 per cent of all single parent families in Canada[ii],” the number of single father increased by 16% in the most recent census, compared to only a 6% increase for single mothers.[iii] Since 1961, “lone parent families,” as they’re known in Canada, have nearly doubled from 8.4% to 16.3%.[iv]
Photo Credit: Vince Talotta/Toronto Star
One single father in Toronto laments, “The greatest challenges of his single-parent career, he says, have been finding the time to get everything done — 'there’s never enough time' — and raising two boys on one income.[v]

Concerns about time and money are a familiar refrain for both mothers and fathers in lone parent families. In many ways, time is money. Whether divorced, separated, widowed, or never married, there aren’t any easy answers to these issues. However, there are some ways to make life for the single parent a little easier. Here are a few:

1) Improve time management skills. (See “A Single Father’s Big Stones.”)

2) Use your head instead of your heart when making financial decisions in the context of divorce or separation. (See “Top 5 Financial Blunders Guys Make During Divorce.”)

3) Assign reasonable household responsibilities to your children. (See “Children & Chores in a Single Dad Family.”)

4) Give yourself a financial check-up/shop your service providers. (See “Single Dad’s New Year’s Resolutions.”)

For more ideas for successful lone father parenting, check out The Single Father’s Guide to Life, Cooking, and Baseball and visit The “Single Father’s Guide Blog” regularly. Together, we’ll make it through this chapter of our lives and contribute to creating a healthy, happy, and productive environment for ourselves and our children.


[i]“Census 2011: More single dads leading lone-parent families.” Toronto Star. www.thestar.com. September 19, 2012.
[ii]More Canadian single dads head rise in lone-parent families.” CBCNews Canada. http://www.cbc.ca/. September 19, 2012.
[iii] “Census 2011: The modern Canadian families.” CBCNews Canada. http://www.cbc.ca/. September 18, 2012.
[iv] “Census 2011: The modern Canadian families.” CBCNews Canada. http://www.cbc.ca/. September 18, 2012.
[v] “Census 2011: More single dads leading lone-parent families.” Toronto Star. www.thestar.com. September 19, 2012.

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