The saddest thing I have ever been asked to do on a Photo-to-Artwork was to take the Mother out of a Picture. Children survive best with both a Mother and a Father but it doesn’t always work out that way. Mom had been in the background of a beautiful Father, Mother/Son picture, but had gone effect of substance abuse and she had run off. Dad was responsible and although it was hard he chose to be both Mother and Father to his little girl.
I am dedicating this post to all Dads, but especially to Single Dads because I have come to admire these courageous and very special people, who stick around and raise their kids alone.
It is not easy to keep up with all the Mom chores; fix the food, do the cleaning and all those wife things that do not come naturally to a man. A cleaning/cooking lady should not be considered an extravagance, even in these hard times.
The main thing that goes wrong in Single-Dad homes is that the Father hat gets sacrificed. Being a Dad is all about those fun things, the romp on the beach, the pony rides, and the Memorial Day Barbecue. It is about laughing together.
A Single-Dad-Family often succeeds or fails, not so much by what Dad does, but by the degree of support he gets from his extended family and the other groups to which he and his little family belong. Long ago when his family first fell apart, it was that sense of belonging that went away. If the community (maybe a Church group) rallied around him and continued to include the family in group activities, Single Dad and his kids have a chance to come through. A great deal of goodness comes from recognizing, acknowledging and admiring the Single-Dad, which is something we can all remember to do. Making their good life possible can depend on people like you and I who are outside the inner family. The time single dads most need our help is after the children are grown and he has done his job.
A Church, an extended family a Social group can always rally round and help him create a new life.
Never, ever see the Single Dad as the victim because the Mother walked out. He, also, could have run and that he stuck with the family makes him truly special.
Thank you all you Single Dads for what you do.
Quote for the Month
The trouble with being a parent is that by the time you are experienced you are unemployed.