There are women that are chosing not to marry but will live with the father of their children. But then we have the women who end up or even chose to not have a man help raise the children.
So is it important to have both the male and female for the development of the child or is this an "old fashion" notion. My parents were divorced and my mother raised me. She did a good job but the lack of the postive male in my home had a long term affect