Eight Key Principles
• Realize that becoming an instant parent is a challenging task that requires team work.
• Remember that you’re not replacing a parent. You’re creating new beginnings.
• Reinforce your commitment to the marriage first this will benefit the child.
• Regard your role as God’s example of what a marriage is intended to be.
• Rebuild a gradual authority system to function by Biblical guidelines.
• Reflect the love of God by providing security for the child. By offering a safe place to grow and mature.
• Refuse to judge or criticize the missing parent. This only damages the process of blending and healing this new family unit.
• Resist the temptation to withdraw emotionally if you are not immediately accepted.
• Resolve to pray for the child and for your marriage.
“Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1–2)