If you have suddenly found yourself as a single dad, know that you can still bring up your kids well. It’ll be tougher on some days and you may feel bad about yourself as a parent but the upside is there are successful single dads out there who have shown that it is doable. Some of them have even started websites to guide other single dads.
Here are some of the advice from a few dads to another:
1. You’re A Dad, Not Mum And Dad
It’s easy to think that you have to be both mum and dad when you’re a single parent. It is perfectly ok if you can’t be both because you’re a father and can only offer what a dad can offer.
If you need a female presence for your kids, rope in female relatives or friends to help out especially if you have a daughter and she has started to menstruate. She’ll receive better info from the ladies than a lad. However, be careful not to get into a new relationship just to have parenting help.
2. Find Time To Prepare Good Meals
If cooking and preparing meals aren’t something you’re good at, it’s time to start learning. Meals don’t need to be elaborate to be good. Start with simple recipes and make sure the meal is as balanced as possible.
To cut down some worries, do a meal plan for the week so you know what groceries to get and you already know what to cook once you get home. If a Trello board helps organize things, use it without shame! You can even have the kids help out in the kitchen if they are old enough.
3. Don’t Be Afraid To Share
Granted, female single parents get more support online and offline. Luckily for single dads, there are plenty of websites started by other single dads to help all the fathers out there! Parenting can take a toll on any parent so there’s no shame in asking for help or for a listening ear.
4. Take care of yourself too
Single mums are always advised to take some time to recharge and pamper themselves, and it’s no different for single dads. Don’t forget to hang out with friends or pick up a good hobby you used to love.
5. You’re Doing A Good Job
There is no set manual for parenting so if your kids are healthy, happy and secure, they are already very fortunate. And they have you! So yes, sometimes you have to congratulate yourself.
For more help on single parenting, click here! The ten tips are for both single mums and dads.
Feature images from The Indus Parent and Mommyish