Be the Best Dad You Can Be: 4 Ways to Adjust to the Single Dad Life

Sometimes, being a single dad feels like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. You have a lot of responsibility and at times you may worry about your child’s future. This is completely normal.

Single dads may not get the same amount of media attention as single mothers, but they can excel in their role and achieve a happy and fulfilled life for themselves and their children. Look at actors Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell, both single dads. Neeson raised his sons alone after the untimely death of his wife Natasha Richardson in a skiing accident. Farrell uses his Hollywood profile to raise awareness of Angelman Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder affecting his son Jimmy. Despite the pressures of living in the spotlight, these actors and their children are doing just fine.

There will be some bumps in the road ahead, but you can do it. Here are four tips that can help you adjust to the single dad life and achieve a rich, fulfilled life for yourself and your children.

1. Find ways to positively manage your emotions

Being a single parent requires you to follow a tight schedule. You have to wake up early, get the children to school or daycare, put in a long day at your job, and then take care of the kids in the evening. There will be times when the sense of pressure will be enormous, so find ways to constructively handle those emotions. Talk to friends and family, join a support group for other single dads, or record your thoughts and feelings in a journal.

2. Build a support team

Single parenthood can be isolating at times, so create a support structure. Visit friends and family often, check out available support groups, or establish a group of your own. As men, we’re often expected to deal with difficulties in silence, but don’t heed this stereotype. Ask for help when required. You’ll be happier, and it will show in your interactions with the kids.

3. Create a suitable work schedule

An optimal work-life schedule is important. Approach your employer about creating a working schedule that allows you to be a productive employee while meeting the needs of your children. You could work from home occasionally or come in early so you can leave earlier to pick the kids up from school.

4. Have fun with the kids

This is easily the most important tip for success as a single dad. Have fun with the kids! Go to the movies, ride bikes in the park, or visit a museum. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re spending quality time with your children and having fun in the process. When you are happy and enjoying yourself, you can keep your kids happy too.

If you are a father seeking fair and reasonable time with your children in a Texas divorce or in a modification to a previous court order, contact Attorney Robert Von Dohlen at (713) 443-6730. Robert dedicates most of his practice to guiding and supporting the rights of dads who want to give their kids the best possible future. Robert is happy to deliver the representation you deserve.

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