taking control of your parenting
Part 12
Steve Elzinga

Dealing with Special Parenting Issues

1. Single Parent Issues

The Challenge:

One parent doing what two often struggle to do

Ecclesiastes 4:8-9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.


Single Parent Issues

Dealing with a Death of a parent:

Cover up feelings

Unfocused anger

Time stamped

Attachment  disorder



Single Parent Issues

Dealing with a Divorce:

Blame Game

Pawn Syndrome


Attachment  disorder



Single Parent Issues

What to do:

Never assume everything is ok

Talk and listen

Get help before it is needed

Get other adults into your child’s life

Make use of the church family


Blended Families 

The Challenge:

Up to four parents trying to do what was designed for two.


blended families

Shared families with different discipline systems, income levels, values, religions beliefs, political  viewpoints, etc.



Feuds between ex’s

Money issues




Problems that arise 
in blended families

What to do:


Keep the peace

Treat all kids like they were your own

Do normal good parenting




Adopted Children 

What to do:


Be consistant with all your children (discipline, encouragement, opportuniites offered, support)

Get help from church and other adoptees




By the way, 
We are all adopted


Ephesians 1:5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

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