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Benefits for Single Fathers

by Jonathon Swift

The rate of single fathers raising children on their own in the U.S. has increased over the years; there were over 1.7 million single fathers in the continental U.S. alone, according to a 2009 study by the Census Bureau. Though the number of single fathers is dwarfed by the number of single mothers, there still are several advantages to being a single father.

Larger Income

According to a study conducted by the Census Bureau, single fathers tend to make $15,000 per year more than single mothers. As of 2009, studies show that more than 40 percent of single fathers make over $50,000 per year while a single mother, on average, only makes about $33,000 per year. This allows single fathers to better provide for their child or children as well as opening new opportunities for their children.

Additional Support in the Home

More than 33 percent of single fathers have another adult living in the same home. This is most usually a parent or sibling, but can also be a girlfriend or some other relative. With two adults in the household, single fathers will find it easier to have a personal life outside of being a father as well as be able to better take care of his children because of the additional support be it monetary or just taking the kids out for ice cream every other week.

Solo Decision Making

Unlike parents that work as a couple, single fathers have the advantage of being able to make all of the decisions on their own. This means that the father gets to regulate the rules and restrictions of the household as the sole authority rather than contending for power with another individual. However, this also means that more responsibility is on the father to make the right decisions for his child's needs.

Personal Connection

When the father is the sole authority figure, he is also the one person that the child will rely on in any situation. If the child has a problem, that child will come to the father for help resolving it. The father does not have to worry about hearing about his own child's problems through the mother. The father is the provider, the ruling authority and the confidant; in some cases, even the best friend.

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