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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SINGLE PARENT SUCCESSES

This Week's 5 Extraordinary Kids of Single Parents


Are circumstances harder as a single parent? Mostly yes, but don't think for a minute that just because you are a single parent that you can't raise successful children. A loving household seems to trump the difficult odds and here are five examples.

1.ALICIA KEYS was born in 1981 to Teresa Augello and her father, a Jamaican flight attendant. She was 2 years old when they separated and was then raised by her mother in a one bedroom apartment. Her mother remains her hero as she said, "She raised me single-handedly.." "..it was very hard for her because she had to be superwoman." "...I know that she will be there (for me) no matter what." Alicia Keys was the best selling music artist of 2001 and won five Grammys in 2002. That girl is on fire!


2.JON STEWART was born in 1962 to Marian and Don Liebowitz. They divorced when he was 9 years old. He claimed in a CBS News interview that the divorce was sudden and "incredibly disorienting." His mother took on all the primary parenting responsibilities and in spite of tough times he was able to graduate from the College of William and Mary. He ascended to success on the "The Larry Sanders Show" and then later became host of "The Daily Show" featuring his incisive brand of political comedy. He currently holds a net worth of 80 million dollars.


3.BARACK OBAMA was born in 1961 to Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. He reported that,"My mother was the one constant in my life ..." He spoke of her multitasking  responsibilities mixed with love as "a feat unmatched." Obviously, his early life had quite an impact on him as his ambitions led him to became the 44th President of the United States of America...need I say more?!


4.STEPHEN COLBERT was born in 1964 to Lorna Elizabeth Tuck and James William Colbert. He lost his father and two of his brothers in a plane crash when he was ten years old. His mother dealt with the grief and forged on with responsible and loving optimism. In an interview with "The Wrap" he said, "if you like me that's because of my mom." "She made a very loving home for us" "....Hugs never needed a reason." Stephen Colbert became a commentator, journalist and is currently the executive producer  and host of "The Late Show" on TV.


5. SHAQUILLE O'NEAL was born in 1972 to Lucille O'Neal who raised an elite athlete and loving person on her own. Shaquille is Muslim for "little one," which seems contrary to The Shaq's whole life. He is currently a retired NBA star who is an analyst on the TV program "Inside the NBA." He is also the only NBA player to have an MBA! In an interview with Lucille O'Neal  by Brook de Lench for "Mom's Team" she claimed that the challenges of being a single parent brought important information. "If that didn't happen then an important lesson would be missed." She has a book out called, "Walk Like You Have somewhere To Go."It retells life as a single parent and making it through the Civil Rights era of the 50's and 60's. Now there's some inspiration! 

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