Youth Radio: Kids in Single-Parent Homes

First-Person Account of Growing Up Fast Without a Father

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Sixteen-year-old Russell Owens

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Young people growing up in single-parent households often take on adult responsibilities from an early age by providing childcare for younger siblings or emotional support to their parent.

Sixteen-year-old Russell Owens grew up without a father, and says he’s learned a lot about becoming a man from the legacy of his father’s mistakes.

For Youth Radio, Owens has a first-person commentary about how growing up in a single-parent household has affected his relationship with his mother, and defined what reaching manhood has meant to him.

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