by Ron Clarkson

Just Me and the Kids
Parenting in Purpose
Ron Clarkson
September 18, 1994

There was a woman who had been married 4 times. First she married a banker, then a movie star, then a beautician and finally an undertaker. When asked, "Why?" She responded, "One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and four to go." The issue this morning is not 2, 3, or 4 spouses, it is zero. We know that God designed the family to have 2 parents in each family but in 1992 more than 1/4 of all children in the U.S. (17.5 million) lived with only one parent. That was double the percentage of 1970 and almost triple that of 1960. But today, according to American demographics Study, nearly 2 out of every 3 children will live in a single parent household before they reach the age 18.

Illus.: Last Monday night in our Impact Group we were sharing our highs and lows for the week and it seemed like everyone was having one of those "weeks from hell", you know when everything that could go wrong did go wrong. And one of the members said, "I don't know how a single parent does it! It was strange because everyone in the group seemed to be thinking along the same lines. They all agreed and said they were thinking the same thing. And I thought that was quite unusual for everyone to be thinking that, yet when I looked around the room, most everybody had either been a single parent or married a single parent.

And almost in unison, everyone was baffled at how a single parent can ever survive with the demands of the world today on a parent. As I reminded all of us last week, the world is a different place than it was a generation ago, and the responsibility of parenting is much more complex today. The number of plates parents have to spin is difficult enough with two parents in the home, let alone one.

There are so many things I take for granted being part of a two parent family. What happens if one of my kids gets sick? Either I can stay home or my wife. And if I've had a rough ...

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