If the two-parent home were an animal, it would likely be placed on the endangered species list. For example, more than half the children in the United States will spend some time in a single-parent family before they turn 18. Still, most young people in your situation feel overwhelmed by the pressures and problems of life in a stressful family environment. Because you’re missing the full-time love and care of one of your parents, are you doomed to misery? Not at all! Much has to do with your view of the situation. Proverbs 15:15 says: “All the days of the afflicted one are bad; but the one that is good at heart has a feast constantly.” As this proverb implies, a person’s mood is often determined more by his attitude than by his circumstances. What can you do to help yourself feel “good at heart” despite your circumstances?
First, try not to allow the negative comments of others to make you have bad feelings about your situation. It’s worth noting that the expression “fatherless boy” appears dozens of times in the Bible. Not once is this term used in a derogatory manner. In fact, in nearly every one of these accounts, Jehovah reveals his special concern for children who are raised in one-parent homes. Secondly, avoid letting your mind wander too far into the "what-if" territory. Everyone has different challenges, even those whose families may appear to be working well from the outside. Granted, you do have an especially difficult challenge, but all you can do is work with what you have. Imagining how things might be if you had a father may end up doing more harm than good. Third, try talking to your mom honestly about how you feel that you don't get to spend time with her. Coming from a home where my dad worked A LOT I definitely understand how this feels. In my case, he never did seem to make enough time for me but as an adult I still have to remind myself that as long as I do what I can then that's my best effort. We can't control our parents' actions, even if they are not the best at times. Just know that you are doing what you can to help!
Living in a one-parent family gives you the opportunity to develop such qualities as compassion, unselfishness, and dependability. In addition, Jesus said: “There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.” (Acts 20:35) And great happiness can be yours if you give of yourself by helping your single parent. Of course, you’ll wish from time to time that you had a second parent at home. Still, you can learn to make the best of your situation. That’s what a girl named Nia found. “After my dad died,” she says, “someone told me that ‘your life is what you make it,’ and those words really stuck with me. They reminded me that I don’t have to be a victim of my circumstances.” You can adopt a similar outlook. Remember, it’s not your circumstances that make you happy or unhappy. It’s how you view them—and what you do about them. Hope this helps!
The Bible (If you don't have a Bible to look up the Scriptures you can go to www.jw.org to read the Bible online)