Being a single dad can often be as tough as it is rewarding. Just like single moms, you probably wish for more hours in the day to get everything done. Here are a few of the unique challenges of being a single dad:
Spending Time with Friends:
It’s hard enough to grab a beer with your friends when you’ve got a partner that can look after your children. When you’re a single dad, it can sometimes feel all but impossible to find the time – and a reliable babysitter! Although you may feel guilty for spending time away from your kids, it’s so important to take time to reconnect with your friends and loved ones. Plan it in advance and you’re sure to find a good babysitter and take the night off.
Taking Time for Yourself:
Maybe you’ve struggled to find time to relax, or start reading a book you’ve been meaning to get to, or there’s a football game that’s been sitting on your DVR for way too long. Just like it’s important to connect with friends, it’s also important to take some time for yourself to recharge your batteries. It’s not only good for you, but your kids as well. Try getting in the habit of setting some time aside every week for yourself.
When you’re a parent, dating no longer involves only you; you have to now think of your kids as part of your social life. Is this person I’m seeing going to jell with my family? How will they fit into my life? These are important questions to ask yourself when you feel it’s time to date and when it’s time to introduce someone to your kids.
Being a single dad can mean juggling a lot of responsibilities on a daily basis: working, being a full-time caretaker, nurse, disciplinarian, and role model. At the same time, struggling to have quality family time and alone time. It’s a fine balance, but ultimately these challenges can be the most fulfilling and rewarding.