One of the toughest roles anyone can have in today’s culture is that of a single parent.It’s hard enough to rear a child, especially a teenager, with two parents; but with one the burdens and pressures and problems multiply. But more than praise for the difficulty of their task, I know from talking to so many of them that they need someone to walk with them and encourage them.
Don’t allow that discouragement and the lack of positive feedback and support to make you give up. Yes, your teens are missing something by not having both parents in their lives.
You will not make things better by allowing that to be their excuse to get away with damaging and destructive behavior.
You can’t “make it up to them” by letting them use your sympathy for them as a "get out jail free" card that allows them to do whatever they want. One of the biggest impacts of single parenting is the economic impact.
There isn’t one “cure all” that will remove all of the challenges that a single parent faces.
But there are some practical steps that can offer help and hope in this very difficult job. Set rules and boundaries for your child and establish the consequences ahead of time.
Don’t make the mistake of giving up on those standards because you are tired or discouraged.It is quite common for the other parent who is gone not to be supportive of your efforts as a parent; hold firm anyhow.They are trying to do an already difficult task without all of the resources they need.(If you know a single parent, go to them and find ways to encourage them.They won’t always know how to ask for the help they need, so take the initiative yourself.) There aren’t any easy answers.There isn’t a magic verse of Scripture that will fix all your problems.