Today is National Single Parent’s Day – March 21
Just as Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are celebrated each year, so also is National Single Parent’s Day.
Today 42% of all families are Single Parent led families in the U.S. In my state of Mississippi that figure is 52%, the highest in the country. In Atlanta Georgia that figure is 66%.
I was a single parent dad for 15 1/2 years to my 3 children. My wife, Cindy, was a single parent mom for 4 1/2 years to her 3 children. We have been there, done that, worn that t-shirt.
Simply put, it’s a day set aside to honor and applaud the hard work single parents do each and every day in raising their children.
While some may conclude that Single Parent’s Day is just a variation of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, it is actually much more than that. Single Parent’s Day is an opportunity for the children of single parent families to recognize the sacrifices that their parent or both of their parents make to provide for their needs, work with one another, and maintain a stable home environment where the children can thrive.
It is also an opportunity for single parents themselves to celebrate their efforts and achievements.
It is a day to raise awareness about the determination and strength shown by the more than 15 million single parents who are raising children in the U.S. today. It’s a time to applaud the single parents who are up to the task of parenting their children in difficult situations.
If you are a single parent, were raised by a single parent, or have a loved one who is a single parent, be sure to take today aside to make this day a special day for yourself or the single parents in your life.
Single parents deserve your acknowledgment and appreciation.
For some, it’s an unpopular passage of Scripture. We find it in 2 Corinthians 6:14-16, and it reads: “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”
Those may be tough words to swallow, but God included them in His Word for a purpose. “How can you be intimately, psychologically, spiritually, physically involved with a man or woman who does not say ‘Jesus is Lord,’ a man or woman who doesn’t love your Savior?”
Marriage is a union between a man and woman at every level of life. To not have the most fundamental thing in common will sooner or later become apparent, especially after children arrive.
At many a wedding I have attended I have witnessed where either the Groom or the Bride is a Christian (Believer & Follower of Jesus Christ) and the other is not a Christian. The Believer will always tell you that they can change the nonbeliever into a believer. But this rarely happens. What almost always happens is that the non-believer wins out. The newly married couple will rarely, if ever, attend church, rarely, if ever, pray together, rarely, if ever, read the Bible together, and rarely, if ever attend Christian events together. This is just the way it turns out.
When we ignore or do not follow God’s word we are asking for things to happen to us that God does not want in our lives. There are consequences to not following God’s word and teachings. God knows what is best for us. Especially in our choosing of a lifelong marriage mate.
Please know that dating and marriage when kids are present is a gain for the parents but initially a loss for the kids (until family bonding takes place—which can take years—and then becomes a gain for the kids, too). Ron Deal