kids and the single mom

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As I sat to ponder my son’s upcoming eighteenth birthday, my mind was flooded with memories from his childhood – the first time he swung a baseball to bat, his first words, first steps, the first time he said, “I wub you.”

jennifer and DylanI could not believe that the last eighteen years had flown by, just as others swore they would. I wondered how I would mark this special occasion in his life. And so, alas, as a writer, what else would I do, but write? Here are the twenty tidbits of advice I offered him and thought you may would day appreciate for your own children:

1. Gratitude is attitude. Always thank God for your blessings.
2. Tithe.
3. Practice good personal hygiene. Bad breath and dirty armpits are gross.
4. Clean up after yourself.
5. Pay your bills on time. Your credit will follow you everywhere.
6. Work hard.
7. God’s word is the only thing that won’t fail you. Read it.
8. Be a man of high integrity. Don’t lie. Don’t cheat. Don’t steal.
9. Do not give up on church. You need it.
10. Profanity defiles your spirit. Watch what you feed your soul.
11. Money won’t make you happy.
12. There’s no substitute for time with the Lord. It fills our soul.
13. Sexual immorality has life-altering consequences.
14. Be whole in Christ before you search for a wife. She will never complete you.
15. Voting is a right and a duty. Participate.
16. Look for ways to serve others.
17. Take your time finding a life-mate. Marriage is forever.
18. God is good. He loves you, won’t leave you, and extends grace to his children.
19. Don’t forget to call your mom.
20. It’s my greatest joy to call you “son”. I love you.

Jennifer MaggioJennifer Maggio is an author and speaker who is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on single parents and women’s issues. She is founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries. She is a regular on radio and television. For more information, visit



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