Becoming a single dad is likely one of the hardest thing you’ll ever have to do, but after you’ve fallen into a rhythm I can guarantee it get’s easier. This article is going to be my attempt at helping you get into that rhythm. Below is a hopefully comprehensive outline of a few of the major steps and things to keep in mind when transitioning into becoming a single dad.
Maintain a healthy work/life balance. One of the biggest things you’ll have to do is work with your employer to create a realistic work schedule. You’ll likely need to be able to get your kids to and from school and shuffle them around to soccer practice, the chess club, or any other extracurricular activities in which they may partake. If your boss can’t or won’t budge you may have to start looking for work that will provide you with the freedom you need to effectively parent.
Develop a support system. No matter how hard you try, you probably won’t be able to do it all on your own. But do not fret. If you do a little bit of searching and bond building you should be able to develop a tight knit system of close friends and family that can help with day to day operations of the family or be able to assist when unforeseen complications arise.
Care for your child’s mental health. According to Encompass Mental Health, growing up in less than ideal circumstances, your child may be more likely to develop aggression, regular fidgeting, excessive disorganization, difficulty paying attention, and/or other symptoms commonly associated with ADHD and similar conditions. Making sure that your child is well taken care of in this regard will result in increased happiness, productivity, and overall development.
Have fun. The most important tip in any kind of parenting is to foster environments that are fun for both you and your child. Go for hikes, spend time at the local library, tour a museum, or just go watch a movie. Making sure that you make time to have fun with your child with strengthen your bond and decrease the likeliness of child-parent conflict.
There is no one right way of becoming a successful single parent. It will be difficult and you will be forced to adapt to new circumstances as they arise, but with these tips you’re well on your way to becoming the dad that your children need. Remember that many others have successfully gone through the same thing you’re facing right now, so you are definitely not alone.