Spring Break is over and summer is just around the corner. Usually this means family vacations, down time, and a slower-paced life, at least for a little while. While that may be true for many, for a single parent, having kids out of school means loss of structure, schedule, and even finances. A single mom or single dad now has to worry about the heavy costs of daycare and the burden of balancing the kids’ time off and a work schedule. So yeah, the heat is on- but not always in a good way.
Do you know a single mom or single dad you can help during the upcoming months? Can your church, small group, or community help to share the load? Here are a few quick suggestions on what you can do to make the life of a single parent that much easier over the summer:
Offer to take the kids for a day. Maybe you have a little flex time where you and your family have a day trip or day’s worth of fun planned. Do you have room for a couple more? Not only does this remove the cost of daycare for a day, but also the stress of having to get them there on time and pick them up. summer
Buy groceries. Or make a meal, pay a bill, or any other cost you are able to pick up. This will help to offset the cost of daycare while the kids are out of school, which can be up to $150-200 per week! Summer
Do some chores around the house. Same as the point above, this removes one more thing from a single parent’s overwhelmed day. Clean the house, mow the lawn, do a little “fixing up” on areas that need it. Trust me, an hour or two to us will be equivalent to a whole day to a grateful single mom or dad!
Take the whole family somewhere. Whether it’s just to the park or beach for the day, or even a week camping, this will be a tremendous blessing. Single moms and single dads need downtime just like the rest of us (perhaps even more so); so why not bless them with an opportunity they may normally feel guilty taking or unable to do themselves? Friendships can be built, and it’s also a perfect chance to share the Gospel with them too!
It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives, whether relaxing or stressful. Still, there is always someone in greater need than us- we just need to keep our eyes, ears, and heart open for the opportunities God places in our path.
So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them…
Matt 7:12 (ESV)
Is there a single mom or single dad you know that you can help out over the upcoming summer break?
By Matt Haviland
Husband to Christy
Dad of one daughter
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder of A Father’s Walk
Author of A Father’s Walk: A Christian-Based Resource for Single Fathers,Co-author of The Daddy Gap