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May 18, 1994 | BETTIJANE LEVINE
Shoshana Alexander, author of "In Praise of Single Parents," offers these tips: * Take on the job as if you were about to climb a mountain. Dedicate yourself to the task. In other words, choose to do it, instead of trying to find ways out of it--such as looking for a partner to share the parenting. Being a single parent will strengthen you as a person. * Make the child a priority. Choose work that has flexible hours, if possible. Create a schedule that includes daily time with the child.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Sean Hayes recently returned to TV playing a single gay father of a teenage girl - and a series lead for the first time since "Will & Grace" - in NBC's "Sean Saves the World. " It's one of five shows on the air from Hazy Mills, the production company he owns with Todd Milliner, which is also behind "Hollywood Game Night," "Hot in Cleveland," "Grimm" and "The Soul Man. " Is TV running out of characters that people haven't been seen before? It's always a challenge. It helps to start from a personal place.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1988 | ROBERT KUTTNER, Robert Kuttner is the economics correspondent of the New Republic. and
One of the more startling statistics to reach these shores is the figure that in Sweden today 60% of first children and 45% of all children are born to unmarried mothers. This would seem to prove irrefutably the longstanding conservative charge that the welfare state destroys the family, promotes promiscuity and so on. But, as so often is the case, the details are rather more complicated. A fascinating new study of "mother-only" families in several countries, written by sociologists Sheila B.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Imperfect, impossible and irascible dads are in heavy rotation this fall, with comedic paternal roles drawing big-ticket names including Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox, Peter Riegert and now James Caan. Caan is the costar of ABC's "Back in the Game," which, if subjected to DNA testing, might find its parenthood traced to Clint Eastwood's "The Trouble With the Curve" and various "Bad News Bears" renditions. Which is more promising than perhaps it sounds. Terry Gannon Jr. (Maggie Lawson)
NEWS
December 16, 1987 | SARAH BAN BREATHNACH
Christmastide! What visions of good cheer and family happiness this wonderful word recalls--from lighting the Yule log on Christmas Eve to 12th Night! Don't you agree? But what is this grumbling growl, Mrs. Sharp hears? Surely it wasn't "Bah, humbug!" Oh, dear. 'Twas the week before Christmas and all through the land, some of Mrs. Sharp's readers dragged around a heavy-laden spirit to rival poor Jacob Marley's chains.
NEWS
November 21, 2000 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A single parent with two small children must earn $40,870 annually without government or private assistance to meet basic living expenses in Los Angeles County, according to a report released Monday by a statewide coalition of family public advocacy groups. The parent with a preschooler and a school-age child must earn a minimum of $19.65 an hour to make ends meet, according to Californians for Family Economic Self-Sufficiency.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2000 | LIZ PULLIAM WESTON
Q: I notice you, like most personal finance planners, discourage people from filing for bankruptcy. Are there any situations where you think it's appropriate? I am 30 years old, earn about $45,000 a year and have more than $30,000 in credit card debt in addition to $9,000 in student loans. Some of the debt is the result of a gambling problem I had for a time, but the vast majority was accumulated this last year and a half as a result of a divorce and custody battle.
NEWS
September 30, 2007 | Kathleen Megan, Hartford Courant
hartford, conn. -- The cellphone calls started a few hours after she left the house. "Mom, it's 10 o'clock, when are you coming home?" And again, "Mom, where are you now, Mom?" When Anita Garvey started dating some years after her divorce, her teenage daughters said they were happy for her, but even so, it wasn't easy on them -- or her. "It was almost like I was a teenager. It was like a role reversal," said Garvey, who divorced four years ago.
TRAVEL
June 1, 1997 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
Any single parent who plans to take children on a foreign trip probably expects to face a challenge or two. But here's one that many parents may not have considered: paperwork. With an estimated 9 million single-parent households in the U.S., it's likely that thousands of lone parents are heading off on trips with their kids every month, not to mention legal guardians or other adults traveling with children for various other reasons.
NEWS
April 5, 1990 | ROBYN LOEWENTHAL
"There aren't enough people out there that support us, and anyone who tells us to keep going is appreciated," Pattie McPhun said. McPhun, 35, a single parent of 7-year-old twins, is representative of a large number of adults in Ventura County who have returned to college seeking a degree. She studies at the Ventura satellite center of Cal State Northridge, where the average age of students is 34. Women are 78% of the students. Eight of 10 from that group are working. Many are single mothers.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Despite its epic title, writer-director-actor Mark Webber's sophomore filmmaking effort "The End of Love" (his first was 2008's "Explicit Ills") is an exceptionally intimate, human-scaled picture. It's also quite a special piece of work. Webber, known largely for his many indie film appearances ("For a Good Time, Call…," "The Hottest State"), stars in this poignant, semi-autobiographical tale of a recently widowed, underemployed actor, also named Mark, devoted to raising his energetic 2-year-old, Isaac (Webber's real-life son, Isaac Love)
NEWS
February 20, 2013 | By Morgan Little
Saying he was “very sorry for my behavior,” former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) has revealed that he secretly fathered a son more than 30 years ago with the daughter of former Sen. Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.). “More than 30 years ago, I fathered a child outside of my marriage,” the 80-year-old Domenici said in a statement to the Albuquerque Journal . “The mother of that child made me pledge that we would never reveal that parenthood, and I have tried to honor that pledge and so has she,” said Domenici, who served six terms in the Senate.
NEWS
October 22, 2012 | By Melissa Healy
Think bullying doesn't hurt? A new study suggests otherwise, finding that a youth aged 10 to 17 who reports that he or she has been victimized by peers in the past year is nearly 2 1/2 times likelier to have suicidal thoughts than an adolescent who reports no recent victimization. If you add the experience of sexual assault or parental maltreatment to peer victimization, a child's likelihood of pondering suicide is 3.4 times and 4.4 times as high, respectively, as that of a child with no such recent history.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
On Wednesday, both Stephen Colbert and his buddy Jon Stewart spent the majority of their Comedy Central shows dissecting Tuesday night's presidential debate - focusing on buzz-worthy moments like Republican candidate Mitt Romney's unfortunate “binders full of women” comment and the candidates' heated exchange over Libya . Each, in his own way, called the night a win for President Obama: Stewart by marveling at how Romney walked...
NEWS
October 9, 2012 | By Jasmine Elist
Bronwen Hruska's debut novel, "Accelerated" (Pegasus Books, $25), follows a single father who experiences pressure from his son's prestigious school to put the 8-year-old boy on medication for ADD. The novel depicts the cutthroat culture of a competitive Manhattan prep school. Hruska, who is the publisher of Soho Press when she's not writing, delves into the very real and controversial issue of parents and educators who see a vital need for young students to take ADD and ADHD medication in order to excel.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Jon Healey
Last week, Republicans adopted a platform that argued in favor of limiting marriage and requiring at least some women to pay more for birth control. This week, Democrats are reminding viewers over and over that they support expanding marriage to gays and lesbians and making all manner of contraception freely available. Against that backdrop, the conservative Heritage Foundation released a report Wednesday highlighting the rapid increase in out-of-wedlock births and the high incidence of poverty among children being raised by single mothers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1997 | ERICA WASHINGTON, Erica Washington lives in Los Angeles. She works as a receptionist
"You'll never be able to raise him by yourself. You know that, don't you?" It's Saturday night. I am at a friend's apartment, waiting to watch the big Tyson-Holyfield fight. My 4-year-old son is bouncing off the walls of the tiny one-room apartment. My requests to settle down and not play so roughly with the other children are falling on deaf ears. The comment is delivered by my friend's uncle, who considers himself good father material.
BUSINESS
August 10, 1992 | ANNE MICHAUD
A 45-year-old property manager recently quit her job when her husband was transferred to Orange County. She may change her line of work but hopes to improve her $46,000 salary, wants flexible hours and has allowed six months to find a new job. A 36-year-old single mother was unexpectedly laid off as finance manager for a bank. She has two young children and is hoping to duplicate her $37,000 salary in whatever field can use her financial expertise. She wants to be back at work within two months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2012 | Sandy Banks
Since my column on spanking last weekend I've been mocked by old-school advocates of spare the rod, spoil the child. And I've been lectured by parents and therapists who blame spanking for crime and social ills. The only thing the two sides seem to have in common is absolute certainty that their way is the only right way to raise children. I wrote about a study in the journal Pediatrics that concluded that children who are physically punished by their parents — hit, slapped, grabbed or shoved — are more likely to suffer from mental and personality disorders as adults.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Welcome to Census Tract 750.03. Nestled in north Santa Ana, this is a piece of the Willard neighborhood, where neutral-colored apartment complexes, tri-plexes and four-plexes dominate the landscape. This tract also is ground zero for single-parent households — 1,711 — in a city that outranks every other in Orange County in the proportion of such households, according to the latest U.S. Census. Numbers don't tell the whole story. For in this slice of Willard, children outnumber adults, and issues of immigration and crime seep into daily life.
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