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Turn Single Parenting Into Your Most Noteworthy Investment In This Life!

Updated: Oct 23, 2021

My son was two years old when it was revealed to me that I would need to take parenting seriously and do it on purpose. Before that unforgettable day, I was just going through the motions of working to provide for my children and making sure home was decent. It was a very empty routine of getting up in the morning, preparing breakfast for them, coming home and allowing them to occupy themselves without me – watching television a lot, playing with toys, horse-playing in their bedroom – while I prepared dinner and washed clothes and did chores. Outwardly, I was doing all the "right" things, but until that day while I was dusting the entertainment center, I had no intention of doing anything different. But that day, I admitted my fear of raising my kids alone. I admitted that I felt powerless and did not know how I would provide them a quality life because I had not been able to complete college. In my mind, I thought I needed more money. See, I was still married, but their father had established a pattern of abandonment and never provided for us. That day, I came to the realization that I would have to raise the kids alone. As I confessed my fears, I began to receive the reassurance that I just needed to become more intentionally prayerful and follow my faith, and purposefully "train them up." My concern with not having enough money faded behind the compelling decision to give them myself, spending quality time and including them in the everyday planning of our lives. As adults now, they have expressed their most treasured memories are the times that we prayed together when they were children; when we sat down together and shared our hearts and laughter with each other. They appreciated and welcomed the honesty I consistently provided, even when it would be painful. Parenting those three is now one of my most treasured, fulfilling privileges!

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