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A Balancing Act: Single Parenting And Dating

An African proverb says it takes a village to raise a child. In today's reality, however, many children are raised by a single parent, oftentimes by a mother. 

Juggling work or school and other responsibilities on top of the full-time job of raising a child means a more-than-full schedule for many. But what about having a social life -- are these parents sacrificing their emotional needs with dating and even sexual relationships in light of their parental duties?

According to one study conducted at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, parents are not depriving themselves from a romantic life. A team at UNLV led by Peter Gray surveyed more than 2,000 single parents with young  children, and found that there is no significant difference between the sex life of single parents and childless singles.

So how do they do it?


Peter Gray, UNLV’s Anthropology Professor

MacKenzie Holt, Single mother

Keisha Weiford, Family Therapist

Nichole Nalder, Single mother

Michelle Escasa-Dorne, Professor at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 

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