Unit 4 part 2: understanding relationships in the family. Chapter 9: the lone parent family the future majority. Lone parent family: a mother or a father with no spouse or common law partner present living in a dwelling with one or more children. About one in ten lone parent families are headed by women, however the proportion of lone parent families headed my males is increasing. It is important to read statistics carefully because: the proportion of canadian families who have experienced lone parenthood is higher than the reported number, lone parenthood is often temporary, between, before or after two parent episodes. Lone parent families are more frequent among visible minorities than among non visible minorities. In 1961, the majority of lone parents were widowed due to: men who died in world war ii, less advanced medical technology and poorer health conditions leading to early deaths.