The Hard Reality of Poverty in Texas—a Large Proportion Are Single Mothers Trying to Get by
The Texas Observer, May 31, 2017
The share of single-parent households nationwide has more than tripled since 1960. In Texas, 36 percent of kids live in single-parent families. In Tarrant County, where I live, there are now nearly 59,000 single mother-headed households with children under the age of 18.
But where are these kindred spirits? Well, they’re working. Hard. And they’re still not making nearly enough money, because many women have to leave paid work to care for children and other family members or must arrange working hours around limited child care.
Single-parent families in Texas face extra challenges. Our state has one of the worst child poverty rates in the United States, with nearly one in four kids living below the poverty line. And 42 percent of Texas families living in poverty are single-mother households.
Costs are going up, and few families can cover the average costs of housing, transportation, food and health care on one income. Given that we have few services for adults in Texas, being a single parent and low-income can be a stressful double whammy.
Poverty, which is so prevalent among single mothers, is one of the biggest predictors of mental health issues. That struggle for survival is profoundly stressful.
With moms, it’s so hard what they are going through. When you don’t know how you’re going to feed your child or how your health-care goals are going to be met, that’s a whole other level of stress. Living in a constant cycle of poverty is traumatizing. When parents are stressed out all the time, the kids grow up in that environment.
Между тем, здешние политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМИ продолжают нахваливать псевдодемократическую Америку.
Те, кто любит «наших американских партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США.
О таких монстрах, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец, и убийца Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс США, фашистские ФБР и ЦРУ, лживые американские СМИ…
Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США