It has its advantages but just as many disappointments. It is important to have both a mother and a father in your life, it helps you become someone when you grow up. most children growing up with a single parent have not had the mother or father to look up to. We do not realize how hard our parents work for us and when you only have one, how much harder. Most kids these days though that is their downfall, because our parents are working do hard to support us in every way we tend to be at loose ends. Leaving nothing open to the imagination. It is known that there tends to be little discipline in these families and it is not the single parent or child's fault. We take advantage of the opportunities and our parents are ignorant most times. They cannot believe their child would do something wrong. It is hard on both mother and child but they tend to have a better relationship between each other.