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Father’s Day — Mothers

As a single mother, I am irked whenever someone says to me, “Happy Father’s Day”.  Though it may be my intention to mitigate the dysfunction of not having both a mother and father in the home 24/7, I am not a father.

As a daughter who grew up with a 24/7 father in the home, this is what I observed about being a father:

  • Make sure your children know who Christ is – and be transparent in your spiritual walk.
  • Commit to the long-term success of the family.  Stay focused on the legacy you would like to leave your children – so that your children have an adequate foundation to build on for future generations.
  • Set standards and enforce them – no matter how inconvenient the process.While single parents can raise children who are capable of doing remarkable things – neither is
  • While single parents can raise children who are capable of doing remarkable things – neither is

While single parents can raise children who are capable of doing remarkable things – neither is both mother and father, and cannot completely fill the void of an absent parent.

However, we are grateful for the parent who might be absent from the home but remains actively involved with child-rearing; for the ‘village’ who supplements the training; and for the grace of God who guides us through the balancing act.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”  (Proverbs 22:6) ESV

In all you do, B. Lifted…

Gwen Franklin