Educational Challenges for Single Parent Families


cns_logoI wanted to share with you an article that came out recently from the Catholic News Service entitled “Educators see challenges for single parents”.  The article addresses recent studies that point to the educational challenges faced by children being raised in single parent homes.  The article shares quotes from our own Susan Handle Terbay, as well as a few insights I shared with the reporter.  My “take” on this whole topic is that we, as Church and as community, need to do our very best to support every type of family.  I have some friends who are single mothers doing amazing things in the raising and faith formation of their families.  Whenever I look at them and see how diligently they give themselves in service of their children, I truly consider them heroes.

Does your diocese or parish do anything unique or special to support single parents?  Are you a single mom, and if so, what type of support and encouragement would be of help to you in your vocation?

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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