Contemporary Myth

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The word mythology (Greek from mythos, a story or legend, and logos, an account or speech) literally means the (oral) retelling of myths - stories that a particular culture believes to be true and that use supernatural characters to explain the nature of the universe and humanity...(Wikipedia). This paper will discuss the single-family myth as a contemporary myth prevalent in North American society and how the single-family myth has shaped my values, practices, and worldview.

There are number of contemporary myths in North America today regarding single-family myths. A couple of which include: (1) Children who grow-up in a single-parent household are likely to struggle in school, get into trouble with the law and develop serious social problems, (2) Children from single parent homes will never have healthy relationships in the future. I will address the first myth in this paper.

Single parenthood is brought about in many ways other than divorce.

Partners can be lost due to death, disease, war, parents deciding not to marry, or imprisonment. I became the single parent to my thirty-one year old son when he was three years old. I believe to this day that it is better for a child to live without conflict and turmoil than to be subjected to constant bickering and fighting.

Being a successful parent is more than providing food, shelter and clothing. Teaching a child to make good decisions at home, school and social situations is vital in their developmental process. My son was taught the importance of good manners, honesty, loyalty, dependability, good work ethic, sportsmanship, and perseverance from a very early age. These developmental teachings do not require both parents, just consistency.

"Single parents have raised many well-rounded, successful people. Many negative predictions for children raised by a single parent have more to do with economic...