Are you a single parent? Me too! When my sons were 12 and 13 years old, my dear husband, their wonderful father, died suddenly. That left me to raise them on my own through their teenage years.
I never expected to be a single parent, but I’ve learned that while WE may be surprised by where we find ourselves, but God never is. He has seen ahead in our lives, and He has provided everything we need. He is our helper!
And I just want to encourage you, now that my children are in their late 20s and serving God with all their hearts – GOD IS FAITHFUL to help single parents! With Him, all things are possible.
YOU CAN RAISE GREAT KIDS AS A SINGLE PARENT! I want you to believe that. (more....)
There are a couple things I want you to know:
- Keep the boundaries. Lots of time single parents feel guilty because their kids only have one parent, or because of divorce or whatever, so they “take it easy on their kids.” Yes, there’s a place for that, especially if one parent died, but the happiest children are the ones with boundaries. It makes them feel safe. So your children need correction. (I talk more about correction, obedience and surrounding your kids with faith in my series Parenting With a Purpose – see the store right here on this website). Sometimes children have to spend time with one parent and then another, and maybe the other parent doesn’t correct, but you still need to, for the sake of your child. God knows the situation you’re in, and there is grace for it.
- Believe God for others to help. Not even two parents can give their child everything they need. Think about when you were younger. There were teachers, coaches, neighbors, grandparents, etc. who influenced your life and helped you. God will supply those adults for your child as well. Ask Him!
- Keep your children surrounded with faith, no matter what they look like! Stay in the Word. I have a daily devotional full of the scriptures and confessions I used when my kids were growing up. I think all parents should have one of these crucial books – it helps you keep God’s vision for your kids! Check it out in the bookstore.
Single parents, be encouraged. It can turn out GOOD for you and your children.