Learn about parents as role models from WARREN M. SEIGEL, M.D. is the Chairman of Pediatrics and Director of Adolescent Medicine at Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, New York and is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at SUNY-Health Science.
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Host: I think the new American hero as a single mother who successfully brings up a child or two, maybe he goes onto college, the kid does something in a very nice way, those are the new heroes, it's a very difficult job, do you agree? Guest: I would say they are not new heroes, I think they have been around for many, many years, and sometimes they are not single. Sometimes for whatever reason, circumstances there maybe what we used to call intact families, where a husband and a wife are raising children. We know that they are families now that are defined as two men or two women and for whatever circumstances one of them is working very, very hard and the burden really is on the one parent. I think, those parents have been heroes for many, many years, they are the unsung heroes, and certainly single dads and single moms are much more the norm as divorce rates goes up in this country. I think it's very, very difficult for those parents to raise healthy kids. And again, I think, the pediatrician needs to know what social structure is at home. We can't just assume that there are two parents in the house and that everything is going fine. So sometimes those questions which sound very, very personal are very, very important for us to know as providers to help families struggle with the issues that are going on in the 21st century --

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