Beyond Father’s Day: 5 Great Tips for Single Dads For the Rest of the Year
You’ve probably seen enough on Father’s Day and gift buying, so we’re also focused on beyond Father’s Day and offering single dads great tips for managing fatherhood all year round.
Mark Peters, Founder and CEO of DressMeDaddy.com shares these five suggestions to support newly single dads as they embark on their co-parenting journey.
1. Spend the time you have with your kids doing things!
Spend the time you have with your kids doing things. You may not be a husband anymore, but you are still a father. Be present with your kids and actively engage them. When you interact with your kids, you build a relationship. Play games, read books, cook, play sports, go fishing, do projects around the house…whatever it is, create memories finding things you have to do together. (Peters also advises creating a “no phone zone” to maximize time between dad and child).
2. Don’t let your anger and frustration with your ex define and dominate the time that should be devoted to your children.
Focus on what you can control and quickly develop a mental picture of what you want it to look like in the future! There are so many emotions associated with divorce – anger, resentment, disappointment, relief – it is easy to let them get in the way, especially in your relationship with your kids. When your kids look back on this time of their life what do you want them to say about you? This is your time with them. Create a memory worth remembering. The rewards will be amazing. Make sure your kids feel safe, secure, loved and important.
3. Prioritize your life!
Create a list of all of the important things in your life (including professional, financial and personal) to create balance. State everything in detail and then stick to that list. (Peters states his daughter ranked number one on his list no matter what came after).
4. Stay busy! Continue doing things you enjoy!
Take up a hobby if need be: Reading, developing a new business opportunity, working out, catching up with old friends, investing, gardening, etc. are all great ways to keep yourself actively engaged.
5. Talk to someone. Seek counseling if it will help improve your well- being.
Although many newly single dads may have spent numerous hours in therapy with their ex-wives to no avail, this may still be a great time to find a trusted counselor and figure out what you did wrong in the relationship. In order for you to improve your own life, you must figure out what internal changes you must make.