Rick Warren is the author of the Purpose Driven Life. This a significant book for many reasons including encouraging enhanced personal growth through a spiritual practice. The book topped the Wall Street Journal best seller charts as well as Publishers Weekly charts with over 30 million copies sold by 2007.
Now, you might be saying what’s the great Rick Warren, got to do with me and my child?
In his book he talks about how life is a game of poker and we are all dealt five cards. The first card we are dealt is CHEMISTRY, our biology.
The second card is CONNECTIONS, our relationships with people. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
The third card is CIRCUMSTANCE, what life throws at us including our parents financial status when we are born and the neighborhoods we grow up in. Kids growing up in the ghetto with violence and drugs have bad circumstances.
Single parent households do not have ideal circumstances. We do become products of our environments and the teachings of our parental figures or the absences of them.
We need to be honest about some more things: children from broken homes are 9X more likely to become criminals than those from stable homes according to, Iain Duncan Smith. He also said, “7 out of 10 offenders come from broken homes, adding that single parent families were more than twice as likely to live in poverty than those living with both parents.”
Raising a child is financially one of your greatest investments. Your child is an investment of time, energy and love. It takes a village to raise them, friends, family and let’s no