Single Parents Share the Load

The Word Bird

…of child care and household bills

The latest labour force statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics form the last census say that in June 2012, there were 641 thousand one parent families with dependants, and most (84%) were single mother families.

In half (50%) of one-parent families with dependents, the age of the youngest child was between 0 and 9 years old. Managing home and work life with young children is physically, emotionally and financially hard enough hard enough if you’re in a relationship with a supportive partner. Imagine what it’s like on a daily basis when you’re completely on your own.

So it’s not surprising that many single mums are teaming up with likeminded single parents to share the load of household bills, chores and child care.

If you Google “single parent required for house share” you get a whole raft of Gumtree ads; house share sites; mums…

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