Ways To Help Single Parents Over The Summer

1Most schools are out for the summer. It’s time for vacations and resting.

Wrong! Not for single parents.

For singles with kids, no school could mean no rest while they try to entertain the kids or keep them from boredom and trouble.

Single moms and dads have to worry about the cost of childcare and balancing the kids’ time off with a work schedule.

Do you know a single mom or single dad you can help during the upcoming months?Here are a few suggestions for how you, your church or small group can help:

1. Offer to take the kids for a day. Not only does this remove the cost of childcare for a day (which can be up to $200 a week!), but also the stress of having to get them there on time and pick them up.

2. Buy groceries or make a meal. Approximately 25% of single father homes and 50% of single mother homes live in poverty.

3. Offer to do some chores around the house. This removes one more thing from an already overwhelming day. Clean the house, mow the lawn, do a little fixing up on areas that need it.

4. Take the whole family somewhere. Whether it’s just to the park or beach for the day, or even a week camping, this will be a tremendous blessing.

Single moms and single dads need downtime just like the rest of us (even more so); bless them with an opportunity they may normally feel guilty taking or unable to do themselves?

Whether relaxing or stressful, it’s easy to get caught up in our own lives. Still, there is always someone in greater need than us—we just need to keep our eyes, ears, and heart open for the opportunities God places in our path.

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them… –Matt 7:12 (ESV)

Portions adapted from a post at “A Father’s Walk” on June 2, 2018

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