On Fatherhood

Me with the Kids

One of the things that I haven’t blogged about before, but has been a part of my life for a while now, is that I am a single parent.  This development was not expected, as I’m sure it isn’t for any single parent, nor has it been particularly easy.  And while I will not be blogging about the circumstances that led to this situation, I do want to start writing about the joys and struggles of being a single dad.

Entering into the holiday season is just such a time that brings both joys and struggles to me and the kids.  In the midst of the stress of the usual weekly transitions, the time off of school (they have this entire week off) does bring the kids some relief.  Their stress level seems to be down, and they’re excited about the times with families of origin on both sides.

But it’s also confusing, especially being that my kids are young.  They haven’t really internalized the holiday schedule, and their sense of time is nothing like an adult’s.  So there are constants questions about where they will be when, and with whom.  And transitions on the holidays themselves are never easy.

I’m hoping that there are some other single parents out there who will chime in on these posts, give some suggestions, and share their stories.