Originally published Wednesday, 20 July 2016.
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 award-winning author and speaker, whose personal journey through homelessness, abuse, and multiple teen pregnancies is leaving audiences around the globe riveted. At 19, Maggio was pregnant for the fourth time, living in government housing on food stamps and welfare. She shares with great openness, her pain, mistakes, and journey to find hope in Christ. She ultimately became an 11-time Circle of Excellence winner in Corporate America. While a vocal advocate for abstinence, and sustaining today’s marriages, Maggio recognizes that single parenthood exists and is passionate about seeing these parents thrive. She left her corporate successes behind to launch a global initiative to see single moms living a life of total freedom from financial failures, parenting woes, and emotional issues. Her passion is contagious, and her story has been used to inspire thousands around the globe. Today, Jennifer works to ensure that no single mom walks alone as the founder of the national profit, The Life of a Single Mom. For more information and resources, visit the website HERE.