Did you know that the number of children living in single parent households has nearly doubled since 1960? According to the Census Bureau, 1/3 of American children (about 15 million) are being raised without a father, and nearly 5 million are being raised without a mother.
My family is no exception. I am a single mom of 4, and nearly everyone in my circle of friends is in a similar situation.
Reassuring children that they are loved and valued no matter what their family looks like, and helping them understand that there are many other kids in the world who only have one parent living with them, can help alleviate any anxiety associated with having a family that is different than the ones often portrayed in books and movies.
One way to do that, is by sharing books with your child about other unique families and children growing up in single parent households.
Here are 10 Children’s Books About Single Parent Families that we have read and enjoyed. I hope you find them useful as well:
- Love Is A Family – By Roma Downey
- The Family Book – By Todd Parr
- Dinosaurs Divorce (A Guide for Changing Families) – By Marc Brown
- Darth Vader and Son – By Jeffrey Brown
- Do I Have a Daddy? – By Jeanne Warren Lindsay
- Two Homes – By Claire Masurel
- Her Mother’s Face – By Roddy Doyle
- Priscilla Twice – By Judith Caseley
- Who’s in a Family? – By Robert Skutch
- When My Parents Forgot How to Be Friends – By Jennifer Moore
Are you a single parent? Did you grow up in a single parent family? Do you have a favorite children’s book about the topic? Share with us…