If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations, “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch.”? All these regulations refer to things that perish with use, they are simply human commands and teachings. These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-imposed piety, humility and severe treatment of the body, but they are of no value in checking self-indulgence. So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
We’ve heard it many times: “Children do not come with Owner’s Manuals”; but when we became parents this became more than just a saying. It is hard to know how to parent, the only instruction many of us have had was provided by our own parents or those who acted as parents for us.
Of course, there are also plenty of parenting books, websites and videos that give us advice, and many people who are willing to give us suggestions. I have found that much of this advice, although well-intentioned, is focused on how to raise kids in a more traditional setting. As single parents, it can help us to “think outside of the box”, to be flexible enough to look for new ways to raise our children, to try new ideas and new methods for parenting.
Talking to other single parents and hearing about what has worked, and had not worked for them a can give us insight into how to do things differently; to break out of a mold that may not always work for us, and to start new traditions of our own.
As always, when troubled or confused about which way to go, we can turn to God for help, praying for patience, support and wisdom, wisdom which can come through the words of the people in our lives; wisdom that can help us move forward as we strive to become the best parents possible for our children.
Let us Pray:
God, please help us to learn from our past traditions, and to gain wisdom from the experience of other parents, as we strive to build new traditions with our children. Thank you for always being there with us, touching our lives directly and through the care of others, as we seek direction together on our journey as single parents.