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.
(By the way, this is the pattern that we see in divorce situations—the mom is trying to hold the line firm while the dad lets the kids get away with murder so they will “like him.”) Though it’s very hard advice, I encouraged Sheri to never give up; trust in the Lord and keep praying.
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.
I’m sure it won’t come as any shock to you that their teenage son prefers to avoid responsibility and accountability if he can.
I asked Sheri how that played out in her parenting. He [their son] chooses to spend most of his time with his dad because he would rather be without the rules.
And don't forget to take time to pray and meditate on God's Word on a daily basis.