This means there is a startling number of single parent households.
While this makes it difficult on the parent, it also makes it hard on the child.
Of course, many African American couples go on to get married and provide a stable home for their children.
Knowing what to look for in a good husband may help ensure that you are able to provide your baby with a stable home and future.
Remember, too, that good husbands are likely to be good fathers so it is important to choose wisely.
The following tips may help you.
African American relationships are just like other relationships; they thrive on communication and die if neglected.
If your baby's daddy has trouble communicating, this could be a red flag.
However, communication is only one quality that makes for a good marriage.
It is important that the man you marry has the same values as you do.
While opposites may attract, individuals who have opposite values find it difficult to sustain a long-term relationship.
In addition, if your values are different, it will be almost impossible to present a united front to your child.
If you want to have a stable African American marriage, choose someone who shares the same core values as you.
Trust is essential to any meaningful relationship.
Without trust, it is impossible to build a loving home and future.
You need to be able to trust your baby's daddy with your life, with your heart, with your child, and with your money.
In short, if you cannot trust him in one area, it may be that you really cannot trust him at all.
One of the ways you may be able to tell if you can have a successful African American marriage is to observe your man to see how responsible he is in other areas of his life.
Does he hold down a steady job? Does he pay his bills on time? The answers to these questions may help you to see into the future as to what kind of husband he may be.
Many women complain that their husbands change after they get married, but in truth, this rarely happens.
Some women do not want to see the truth.
However, by taking a good look at your baby's daddy before you marry him, you may be able to save yourself and your child a lot of heartache down the road.