Why It Takes Two to Parent

  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
You may use the stars on the left to rate and leave feedback for the current article. No registration is required. Waiting for 5 votes 0.0 of 5 stars (0 votes) — Thanks for your vote

Please fill out the following optional information before submitting your rating:

Sitting in church this morning, the fact once again came to mind that it takes two people to parent a child. The couple in front of us arrived late looking harried as they herded their three kids in the pew.

It was soon obvious that two of the kids were tired and a bit cranky. The older girl was well behaved. She had been a model citizen in my vacation Bible school class. Her younger brother and sister were certainly becoming a trial this morning to their mother who at first attempted to manage both.

As the tiniest girl whined and fidgeted, mom tried to pacify and appease her. She offered a variety of options designed to settle her down and keep her happy. The timing was perfect, as only kids know, for the brother to begin his restlessness. He clung to mom as he crowded against her and alternately bumped her and elbowed his older sister. Mom tried for quite awhile to get them under control. Then mom tried the age- old method. She sent the boy to the other side of his father.

Now she could attend to the youngest one, keep the oldest daughter from becoming annoyed and listen to the sermon. Dad had things under control as the boy was taken under his wing, shall we say. It was an easy solution and part of God's original plan. But, where would she have 'sent the child to' had she been alone? She would have continued to struggle by herself, the way she would if the juggling of emotions and schedules was hers alone to bear.

Unfortunately today, for a variety of reasons, including choice, single parents are abundant. Single parents need a parenting partner whether it is a friend, or relative. We tell all single parents to find a support person. We want to see everyone get the help they need in the most important job you hire on for- Parenting.

Credits: Jo Ann Wentzel

Related Topics
Visitor Comments (0) - Be the first to comment
Adding your comments contributes to the adoption community. Please keep all comments on topic and civil. Visitors are invited to comment and vote for or flag comments based on appropriateness and helpfulness. All comments must adhere to our commenting rules and are subject to moderation.

To see local Adoption resources, please select a location (U.S. only):

Need a Home Study?
Adoption Photolisting
Moise (FL / 17 / M)
Moses was originally from Haiti. Moses has a great sense of humor, and like a lot of kids, he likes to act older than he really is at times. He is like a fish in water and loves... [more]
Parent Profiles
I am very excited to become a mom! I am 100% ready to ensure my child will enjoy unconditional love, top class international education, travel opportunities, and financial... [more]
Directory of Adoption Professionals
Find a professional
for all of your adoption needs including:

Note: Our authors are dedicated to honest, engaged, informed, intelligent, and open conversation about adoption. The opinions expressed here may not reflect the views of Adoption.com.

Settings Help Feedback
Template Settings
Width: 1024     1280
Choose a Location:
Choose a Theme: