Top 5 Practical Tips For Single Dads
Amid the many single moms who struggle to raise their kids solo, there are dads fighting the same battle. Baby on the hip and tot in tow, these doting fathers take on the role of provider, caregiver and nurturer – twenty-four seven.
Below we have listed the top five tips to lighten the load as a single father:
- Remember, there is no such thing as a perfect parent. Be the best version of yourself and don’t try to be both parents. Your child needs you to be authentic.
- Build a support system. All single parents need help. Build a support network made up of friends, coworkers, teachers, support groups and other parents. Use these support systems to help you with childcare tasks.
- Take care of yourself. No parent knows how to be a single parent. Parents require guidance and professional support to take on these new roles. Taking care of your health and seeking professional help in dealing with the loss of a spouse or divorce is essential.
- Know your own needs and ask for help. Identifying and acknowledging your needs as a parent and individual is important to prevent psychological distress. Don’t try to do it all! Use your support system or other resources (such as daycare or a nanny) in your community to help you.
- Create structure. Young children thrive on routine. It gives them a sense of security. It also helps the parent to plan according to the set routine and be available during scheduled times. Routine will also act as guidelines for those who assist with the childcare tasks.