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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta ByStmnCaraon THE TEACHER asked her class of first graders to draw a picture of mommy and daddy. The young- sters happily settled down with paper, brushes and paint. At the end of the afternoon the results were displayed on the bulletin board. Peter's effort puzzled the teacher. Mommy was clearly depicted in the foreground with yellow hair and red and blue dress. But daddy was way off in the upper comer, almost off the paper, with his face turned away from mommy. What the teacher didn't know was that Peter's parents had recently separated, and the picture provided graphic proof of the child's painful awareness of being left with only one parent... According to the 1971 census (the most recent year for which figures are nearly every 10th family in Canada has only one parent. And of the one-parent families in 1971, 46.6 percent were headed by widows or widowers, 11.9 percent by a divorced parent, 33.8 percent by a separated parent and 7.7 percent by a parent who had never married. Life has its own special blend of problems and rewards for the single parent. "But every parent has snaps Michael Kenny, a divorced Toronto salesman with custody of his two children and national president of One Parent Families Association. "I'm sick and tired of hearing what a terrible time divorced or separated families have, and of the archaic term 'broken homes'. A lot of decent people get divorced. It 6 Weekend Mwaiine. Feb. 21, U7S ;