Lessons I’ve Learned From Temporarily Single Parenting


My husband has been teaching in China for a little over four weeks. We have 12 more days until he will be home. Lessons I’ve learned from my six week stent of single parenting.

1. Dads are needed!

Despite what the world teaches about men being useless and continually making men out to be dumb… I tend to differ. My man is wise, respected, and loved by each member of our family. I am not near as good of a parent alone as I am with him by my side.

2. Single moms have a tough job.

Folks, this single parenting thing is for the birds. The pressure has all been on my shoulders and I’m truly on duty 24/7. Talk about stressful. If you come across a single parent, be God in flesh to her. Simply, knowing someone is thinking about you is an awesome encouragement and makes a big difference.

3. I’ve realized how much I’ve taken my husbands support for granted.

On a regular basis I have found myself frustrated with things I feel my husband hasn’t helped adequately with around the house and with the kids. The lack of his presence has reminded me, that his presence is EXTREMELY helpful. I’ve also been reminded of how wonderful of a father he is to our children and what a supportive husband he is to me.

4. I realize how many wives, critique everything their husbands do and don’t do (myself included), rather than praising and being supportive.

I have a whole new appreciation for the place in our family my husband holds. His absence has helped me to see how helpful he is around the house. I am going to make it a point to praise him for being a wonderful and Godly man.

5. Life is boring without him.

The kids and I miss his upbeat demeanor and his humorous nature. Often I take his humor for granted. I miss the continual joking and laughter dad brings into our home.

Say thank you to your husband today! Take a moment to hug him and tell him all that you appreciate about him. I can’t wait to hug my husband and tell him how much we have missed his presence in our home.


6 responses to “Lessons I’ve Learned From Temporarily Single Parenting”

  1. francesgabriel75 Avatar

    So true. Dads get a bit of a bum deal in the press, and in our households sometimes. Whenever my friends start slagging off men per se, you know the thing: ‘Men never …’ or ‘Men always …,’ I always defend the men! My favourite one is ‘Men can’t multi-task’ when my husband multi-tasks better than I do!

  2. francesgabriel75 Avatar

    And no, I wouldn’t fancy being a single parent either – think it must be the hardest job in the world. Bless you x

    1. Thank you! We’re all so different! I’m amazed at the way God uses my husband’s differences to compliment mine and vice versa. Truly makes me a better person! He sure knew what He was doing when he took a rib from Adam and made him a helpmate! Blessings!

  3. My husband cooks, grocery shops, takes care of the yard, and the cars, and the garbage, and he’s the safety authority in our house…I don’t know what we’d do without him!! Great post! God Bless!

    1. Sounds like you have a wonderful husband! Me too :). It was hard, but he’s back now and I’m so happy!

      1. Yup! What he does for us, is “love” in his language!!

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