CNN ridiculed for absurd Mother’s Day piece on the advantages of kids not having a dad

In a bizarre tribute to Mother’s Day, CNN reached back into the archives to dust off an old piece touting the advantages of children who don’t have fathers, a ridiculous article that drew much scorn and mockery from Twitter users on the way to being ratioed six ways from Sunday.

According to the article which notes that it has been updated since it was originally published in 2019, David G. Allan, editorial director of CNN Features sections, recalls his own childhood while admitting that he was “embarrassed to be raised by a single mom when I was growing up,” while going on to cite various studies on single parenthood and acknowledging the pride that he now has in his mother for enduring the burden of raising him without having a father in the home.

“There has been a lot of research over the decades that has shown children of single parents report more family distress and conflict and live at a lower socioeconomic status compared to those growing up in two-parent households. Two-parent families usually have more income and are generally able to provide more emotional resources to children, and that’s also a reflection of how little the United States in general does to support working mothers with parental paid leave and access to more health services and quality education,” the article states, griping that the federal government doesn’t give enough money to single moms.

“And of course, it’s difficult to compare single parenting outcomes to hypothetical alternatives. For many, a single mom can create a much safer or more stable environment than living with an abusive parent and spouse. Just growing up in an unhappy marriage has an effect on children,” the author wrote.

The reactions were just brutal, especially considering the ample evidence of the social problems stemming from fatherless homes.

The article closes with a shout out to moms in one parent households, “Let us now praise single mothers. All of them. The ‘weird’ ones. The struggling ones. The driven ones who choose to parent alone. The widowed, who didn’t. The brave ones who divorced for the well-being of their kids and/or themselves. They are all raising about 19 million children right now, and they need all the support they can get.”


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