Divorce Issues

DC4K » Murdered Single Mom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Six years ago, at about 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, a seventeen-year-old young man murdered his single mom in the Florida community where I live. They had been having an altercation, and at some point, the young man grabbed a baseball bat, beat his mom, and stabbed her numerous times with kitchen knives. From all accounts, the young man appeared to be a good kid and had not shown any previous signs of aggression. His baseball coach said the kid…

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Why is the interruption of routines and traditions at Christmas so difficult for a child? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  Children of divorce get used to a particular routine. While living in a different house every week or leaving your home to spend every other weekend with a different parent might not seem like a routine to us adults, to children, it is what has become their routine. It is a schedule that has become a routine they can count on to happen. They can look forward to seeing the other parent every other Friday. Or they know that…

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DC4K » The Wind Chime That Changed Christmas – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

For this single-parent family, it was the first Christmas without the other parent. How could a wind chime make a difference? How did a wind chime help this single parent make new traditions during the holidays? It’s important for single parents to approach the birth of our Savior during the Christmas holidays. It doesn’t have to be all about presents, stressing over where the kids will celebrate Christmas or who is going to purchase the best gifts. It should be,…

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DC4K » Practical tips to honor noncustodial dads on Father’s Day – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In a previous post about Father’s Day we talked about the how to help kids who have a MIA dad. There are many dads who are not missing. These are the dads, who while they might not have custody, are good dads that love their children deeply. They care about the well fare of the kids and the family where their children live. The child’s family might be a single mom household or a step family situation. But whatever the…

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DC4K » Happy Father’s Day! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

To single dads, co-parenting dads, noncustodial fathers, stepdads, and to those who are happily married: thanks for all you do to love and support your children. You make a difference! Related This entry was posted in Accept the Challenge, Divorce Issues, Holidays, Single Parents and tagged Father’s Day by Linda Jacobs. Bookmark the permalink. This is Only a Snippet of a Children’s Ministry Christian Article written by Linda Jacobs Read Full Article

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DC4K » Does your church disciple single dads? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

We hear a lot in the news about deadbeat single dads. These stories are about single dads who don’t step up to the plate and support their children. Not long ago there was the news story in the New York Times titled, Skip Child Support. Go to Jail. Lose Job. Repeat. I’m not here to debate the political correctness of that situation. I mention it because I want to help set the tone for why the church should disciple single…

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DC4K » How Do You Help the Single Dads in Your Church? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

When many people think “single parent” they automatically think of the single mom. While single moms do make up the majority of single parents, single dad households are on the rise. According to research published in 2013 and released by the Pew Research Social & Demographic Trends in the article “The Rise of Single Fathers” minor children living in a home headed by a single dad has increased about nine-fold since the 1960s. In 2011 the number was 2.6 million…

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DC4K » 15 fears and worries single parents face – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Recently in our Single and Parenting class we covered the question, “What fears and worries do you have raising your children by yourself?” Our group was quick to share from their hearts. I’ve asked this question many times at workshops and seminars. Here are some answers I’ve garnered over the years How would I keep my kids safe? When my kids lived close by I never worried about their safety. If something happened I was just down the street but…

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DC4K » 3 reasons grandparents who parent grandchildren are emotionally exhausted—and how you can help – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Grandparents who parent their grandchildren come in all ages, shapes, sizes, and colors. Some are healthy. Others aren’t. Some are financially stable. Others live on a fixed income. Many are married. And many are single. And some are in second and third marriages. But no matter the age, health condition, marital status, or finances, raising grandchildren is emotionally tough. Let’s look at three reasons why parenting grandchildren is so emotionally taxing. Then I’ll share some of the emotional challenges faced…

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Single dads are dads too! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  This month I’d like to bring emphasis to the single dads in our world today. Let’s start by thinking about single dads and Father’s Day. Father’s Day is set aside to celebrate the father’s in our world. Some children of divorce may not have a close relationship with their father. Perhaps the Lord has provided another person to play that father role. If the Lord has provided a grandfather, uncle, older siblings, neighbors or even a male mentor from…

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