Jennifer Maggio is considered a leading authority on single parents and womens issues. She is an award-winning author and speaker who draws from her own experiences through abuse, homelessness, and teen pregnancy to inspire audiences everywhere. She is founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries and writes for dozens of publications. She has been featured with hundreds of media outlets, including The 700 Club, Daystar Television, Moody Radio, Focus on the Family, and many more. For more information, visit thelifeofasinglemom.com.
It is easy to re-live the hurt of a devastating divorce or failed relationship over and over again. We replay the words of old, the wounds they left, and how they’ve forever scarred us. We think of what he said to us and what he did. We stew. We steam. We fester. We mull it over. And if we aren’t careful, we allow that hurt (whether warranted or not) to affect our ability to successfully co-parent that precious gift from God that was left behind.
Single Parent, be careful. Be very careful. The children that God has given you to steward are far too precious to allow anything to affect their futures. The lack of a second parent in the home is hard enough. Don’t make it even more difficult by allowing the enemy to bring fault over and over again to the other parent (even if he or she has done wrong). There is no joy in that place.
Want some friendly words of advice?
Swallow your pride.
Bite your tongue until it nearly falls off.
Edify your children with words of encouragement. Don’t tear them down with words of defeat about their opposite parent.
Pray for your ex more than you talk about them.
Jennifer Maggio is an author and speaker. She is also CEO and Founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries. She is passionate about helping single parents find freedom in Christ and healing from their past. For more information, visit www.thelifeofasinglemom.com.