When you parent alone – whether due to divorce, the loss of your spouse or having a spouse who works away from home for long periods of time – trying to accept your new family situation can be overwhelming. While parenting is an incredible joy, there are times when it’s just survival. Read on for 10 tips that will not only help your family thrive, they'll also create opportunities to strengthen the relationships between you and your children, your children and God, and you and God.
“Happy new year!” my voice cracked. With only two of my four children still living at home, our traditional celebration of finger food and movies wasn’t quite as festive as it used to be.
Tears streamed down the face of the woman standing before me. “My dad wasn’t a part of my life,” she said between sobs. “So I looked for someone else to tell me I was beautiful. I gave myself away, my heart and my body, to know the love of a man. And now I’m paying the price. My heart is broken, and there is this trail of bad relationships behind me. I don’t want to do this anymore!”
Hands on her hips, eyes narrowed, my daughter glared at me. “Dad always takes me out for pizza on Friday nights,” she said.
I sighed, gritting my teeth. She was handing me an invitation to outdo her father. After a hectic workweek, I wanted to start dinner, not stew over parenting styles.