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Single Parenting

12 Find unique ways to

12 Find unique ways to nurture yourself and recharge your own emotional batteries. 7 Be Respectful Towards Your Ex-Spouse This means you must avoid bad mouthing and criticizing a former spouse in front of children. It also means that you never use the children to hurt an ex-spouse. Dr. Woititz explains: “If you are divorced, you may be very angry. It is tempting to use the children as a way to settle scores and even to deny access. Your children need to be able to connect with both parents… unless being with their noncustodial parent puts them at risk from conditions such as alcoholism, etc. Denying them time with their parent is not in their best interest, if the non-custodial parent stays involved; also, everyone benefits.” 8 Find Yourself a Church One of the best things you can do for yourself and your children is to be actively involved in the life of a church or

13 other spiritual community. There you and your family will receive inspiration, instruction, friendship and support. If you are concerned that a church may be judgmental of you and not accepting of your circumstances, keep in mind that most churches and their leaders are extremely compassionate. Most likely, you will be welcomed with open arms. Psychologist and author Dr. James Dobson notes: “Churches today are becoming more sensitive to the needs of single parents. More congregations are offering programs and ministries geared to the unique concerns of those with special needs. I’d advise every single parent to find such a church or fellowship group and make himself or herself at home there. Christian fellowship and support can be the key to survival.” 9 Finally—Exhibit a Positive Attitude About Family Life Daily be thankful for the gifts and blessings which come to and from your family. In her book, Parenting Through Crisis: Helping

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