It is easy to relive the hurt of a devastating divorce or failed relationship over and over again. We replay the words of old, the wounds they left, and how they’ve forever scarred us. We think of what he said to us and what he did. We stew. We steam. We fester. We mull it over. And if we aren’t careful, we allow that hurt (whether warranted or not) to affect our ability to successfully co-parent that precious gift from God that was left behind.

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Parent, be careful. Be very careful. The children that God has given you to steward are far too precious to allow anything to affect their futures. The lack of a second parent in the home is hard enough. Don’t make it even more difficult.

Want some friendly words of advice?

Swallow your pride.

Bite your tongue until it nearly falls off.

Edify your children with words of encouragement. Don’t tear them down with words of defeat about their opposite parent.

Pray for your ex more than you talk about them.

Jennifer MaggioJennifer Maggio is the happily married mother of three who has a passion for the single parent family. The founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries and Overwhelmed: The Single Moms Magazine, Maggio spends many of her days praying for and counseling with single mothers nationwide. For more information, visit



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