When I was growing up, it was perfectly acceptable from my grandfather to have a loaded gun in the front seat, be drinking a cold beverage, doing 70 mph down the highway, while I and my cousin stood straight up in the back of an open pickup truck. 40 years later, it was amazing I’m alive today. It was the age before car seats.
Fred\’s iDad Category – His View on Fatherhood
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Becoming a new parent is both exciting and overwhelming. Whether you are a couple, or going it alone, the emotional rollercoaster you are about to embark on will change you as a person forever. While the traumas of pregnancy and the long wait will go faster than you anticipate, one element many new parents start to panic about is what their new baby will need in those first few months.
Being a Dad is no easy feat. Just trying to find the balance between providing for your kids and enjoying time with your kids is a constant battle where one can affect the other. However, being a single Dad is a whole new ball game. Literally. It is like trying to play two-against-one badminton in a lion’s den. There are just so many responsibilities to juggle.
My Dearest Caitlyn, By the time you receive this first letter, you will have enjoyed the first couple days of your college life. I loved college and you will have the time of your life meeting new friends and learning new concepts. College was one of the happiest times of my life.
It’s back to school time. My kids here in North Texas started last week. I know for many of you, your kids will start after Labor Day. Nevertheless, I thought it would be a great time to review ideas on how to get involved in your kids’ school. 7 Ways to Get Involved in Your Kids’ School…
No matter how much you love you kids, and thrilled to get them full-time, remember they are part of your world, not your entire world. You need some time to yourself, develop and maintain relationships with others. Last time, we listed five ways in which Dads can, with little effort achieve these goals, this time we’ll list five more.
Now that you have won custody of your children, your relationship with them will probably need modification from your former “weekend Dad” days. This transition can put a strain on both parent and child. As a weekend Dad, Julie and Johnny were actually visitors. You could justify being bit more free-wheeling with them, with somewhat lax rules, undetermined bed times, and scheduled more elaborate weekend activities than you were comfortable with.
Like most new parents, returning to work and leaving a newborn at home — even for just a few hours — was enough to break Priscilla’s heart. When she went back to work on nights and weekends six weeks after giving birth, Eric began staying home with Jack. The doting dad decided to do take an extra step in order to keep Priscilla in the loop and up-to-date with Jack’s daily life.
Whether you are currently the custodial parent to your kids or are working toward that goal, staying involved in their lives is critical. If you don’t have primary custody of your children but plan to fight for that privilege, then actively working to be fully present in their lives will reflect well on you in court.
In my free time, I work and encourage parents going through divorce. I talk with Moms and Dads who are really struggling to co-parent or work with one another. Occasionally, I will meet a Mom who tells me she sees no value in her kids spending time with Dad. Or a Mom who will ask me is there any hard evidence that divorce children benefit from seeing their father?
Earlier, with the help of Cordell and Cordell, we listed single-parent resources for dads and children. This time, we shift the focus to parenting and children. Helpful Links for Single Dads: Children’s Rights Council. Formed in 1985, , the CRC is a Washington-based non-profit organization that works to assure children meaningful and continuing contact with both their parents…
Divorced Dads need more than legal help. They need solutions to everyday problems. They battle emotional, financial, family, work, plus a myriad of issues, many unforeseen. So what to do and where to go? The law office of Cordell and Cordell has come up with a series of potential resources for Dads…
When we’re busy taking care of others, one of the very first things we neglect is taking care of ourselves. For many singe dads, this can lead to single parent burnout. To avoid this, take some time today to do something just for you. It doesn’t have to require a babysitter, …
As a new single parent, you face unexpected obstacles and changes to your life. Personal relationships could suffer, even if you have won custody of your children. You may have to downsize your lifestyle. You’ll make new friends, and likely travel in different social circles.
Newly-single parents face new, many times unexpected challenges. Maybe the most overlooked is that of the daily routines that you likely never considered, but now requires more effort and time. What follows is four tips that can help the suddenly single parent save time and money. With so much to do, many single parents struggle…