Single-Parent Family Dos and Don'ts
The single-parent family brings with it special concerns that churches and ministry leaders should address where possible. Here are a few guidelines to help you become more sensitive to the needs of single-parent family members
- DO Remind and reinforce the Single parent family that they are "still a family."
- DO Plan activities that would include the single parent family—avoiding dad's and son's fishing days, mother and daughter shopping, etc. Keep it on a "family" level.
- DO Stand in the gap with them. Be a support for that single mom or dad when they can't be two places at the same time. Offer to attend Bobby's ball game while she attends Suzie's dance recital.
- DO Provide single parent fellowship groups. These groups give both parents and children a sense of identity.
- DO Provide interaction with two parent families also. They need to see how other function.
- DO Help the single parent family make new memories. The years of struggle do not have to be lost to had memories.
- Don't let anyone in the Single- Parent Family become a "lone ranger." Spend time with them, including them in the body of Christ.
- Don't call the single parent family "A Broken Home". It is not our responsibility to judge the single parent family unit, rather to love them and help them in seeking God's will for their lives.
- Don't exclude or separate the single parent family from activities, help the single parent family—parent and child—to feel a part of the activities of the church body.
- Don't throw "pity parties" for the single parent family! Assist them in their areas of need! Help the single parent find that their spiritual needs can only be ministered to through Christ. Be there to lend support!