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They follow a report by Mr Dench last week which showed that 57 per cent of single parents have never lived with a male partner and so had made lone motherhood a lifestyle choice.One in four families is now headed by a single mother.Jane Hutchinson, 79, Kayleigh's grandmother, became pregnant at 16 by a local car mechanic and was sent in shame to a home for unmarried pregnant girls.Three years later she married and had three children including Pauline, but later divorced.Though I had always paid lip service to the "It takes a village" idea, it turned out that, while there might have been some "village" people out there, we had been too wrapped up in our own lives to get to know them. I was driving through a bad snowstorm with my little boys. I decided to check in every night with another single mom.Then I made a conscious effort to invite friends over for dinner, ask a neighbor to help me move my couch, and chat with the other moms at drop-off.
But things like finding a place to live and paying for it all by myself, taking care of almost all the day-to-day parenting of two small children, and trying to find a job when I'd been out of the workforce since college terrified me.I also feel that too many young girls simply see getting pregnant as a way of gaining a council flat and benefits.Maybe I'm old fashioned but I still feel babies need a mother and father.' The findings, published by the centreright Centre For Policy Studies think-tank, added to growing concern over 'broken Britain' and the links between broken families, benefit dependency, poverty and crime."Sleep before you send," advises New York City family-law specialist Peter Bienstock."Read the e-mail again in the morning, and make sure it says exactly what you mean." Don't be snide, angry, or sarcastic.