Overcoming Jealousy: Helping Kids from Single Parent Homes Cope

Michele Howe

In Going It Alone  by Michele Howe and published by Hendrickson, we learn ways to encourage our children to express their feelings. So often our kids feel left out or different, not so much as in years past when fewer were from single parent homes. Unfortunately this is commonplace these days. Feelings of jealousy and anger still surface. In her chapter on Jealousy Michele gives several valuable steps.

  • Discard the “perfect family” myth
  • Instill the principle of God as the father to the fatherless.
  • Relate that all people have “empty heart places” that cause pain.
  • Share biblically the results of being jealous of friends who have two parents.
  • Encourage married couples and friends of the opposite six to visit.
  • Make the most of the time available with the noncustodial parent.
  • Use feelings of anger, jealousy, and bitterness as a springboard to help others.

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