Single fathers are more likely than single mothers to be living with a cohabiting partner (41% versus 16%).
Single fathers, on average, have higher incomes than single mothers and are far less likely to be living at or below the poverty line—24% versus 43%.
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In 1960, about 14% of single parent households were headed by fathers, today almost one-quarter (24%) are.
As I glanced down at my little baby, my backpack overflowing with diapers, bills, bottles, and toys and a big bag of trash that desperately needed to be tossed -- I thought to myself: How can I possibly carry all this stuff? Looking back now, I realize that as a first-time single mom with a new baby on board, I was clearly emotional, exhausted, and stressed."There are days when it's hard to feel as if I'm being the best mother," she admits."But then my best friend or another parent will remind me to hang in there or tell me she's proud of all I've done for my kids, and the morale boost helps to keep me going."For Tracy Shaw of Southbury, Connecticut, life wouldn't be the same without her Wednesday night supper club (she and three other families from her daughter's daycare center take turns cooking meals), a reasonably priced handyman, a support group called Parents Without Partners, a circle of friends, and reliable babysitters."I realized early on that no matter how strong I felt, I couldn't do this alone," she says.Even now that her kids are 6 and 4, Seep-Gaither still receives an emotional (and hands-on) booster from her team when the going gets tough.