Single-parents, now and then

October 31, 2008

My co-worker Beth and I were recently having lunch with our clients Shelly and Leslie from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Arizona Chapter. The restaurant had Trivial Pursuit cards on the table and we started playing. That somehow led to a discussion on sitcoms of the ’60s and ’70s, which led to the realization that many of those shows featured single parents raising their kids. 

Interesting enough, according to Linda Walton, diversity director at the City of Scottsdale, in today’s society, the “mom, dad, two kids and a dog” family only makes up about 8 percent of the population.  She spoke at the recent PRSA Phoenix chapter luncheon.

Of course, in these sitcoms, there was always an Aunt Bee, Uncle Charley, Alice or Mr. French to help with the child-raising.  But whether it was Courtship of Eddie’s Father, My Three Sons or the Brady Bunch (Mike and Carol were each raising three kids before they got married), the storylines always focused on resolving family issues by talking it out.

You know what?  That message still holds true today.  According to the Partnership, parents and other caregivers play an important role in helping their kids make healthy decisions.  They just need to start talking.

Guess Uncle Bill was on to something.

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