Parenting isn't for the faint of heart. And that goes triple for single parenting. I was spared the difficulty of divorce, unlike Candace Calvert our guest this week. Two broken engagements were easier than two divorces. The most difficult job I had in my life was single parenting my nephew when I was a young adult. My older sister's husband divorced her when their son was only two-years-old. It took its toll and he stayed with me for two years,at the same age my son is now which is that transitional time between childhood and the teen years. They didn't call it tween years, though, back then.
And I didn't even carry the load of shame some single parents, like one friend of mine, carried. This dear woman, brought up in a prominent family, was crushed when she was divorced, left with two children, and had to go back to work to provide for them.
I haven't read Janine Turner's book
Holding Her Head High: Inspiration from 12 Single Mothers Who Championed Their Children and Changed History
but it looks great.
Do you have a word of encouragement today for Christian single parents?