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I Am a Single Dad

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 1,627 People

    keydik91 keydik91 22-25, M Jun 23

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    I lived with my girlfriend

    for years. She was cheating on me so I was about to break up with her when we found out she was pregnant. After discussing the situation we both decided we would give the relationship another chance and got married for the benefit of the child. It was at the time the best...
    JessiePinkman JessiePinkman 41-45, M 1 Response Dec 4, 2013

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    Never thought I'd enjoy being a single dad more

    than when I was married. Getting more one on one time is great. Really connecting with my 6 year old.
    dontgitbit dontgitbit 26-30, M 2 Responses May 24

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    I'm not a single dad.

    I'm single and agreed to take in an 18-year-old kid that had been kicked out by his parents. He's been good with me and I even feel a bond developing with him (I'm feeling more and more caring for him). Any advice?
    zacktr zacktr 41-45, M 3 Responses Nov 23, 2014

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    Every Day Is A Reminder

    I was made a widower 18 months ago, when my wife lost her battle with cancer at the age of 33. Her illness and death were of course very traumatic for me personally and for my son and two daughters aged 7, 5, and 3. Losing my wife like this was a double edged sword. On the one...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jul 30, 2013

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    Anyone around? I have rare alone daddy time

    tonight and just wanted to chat with some people!
    NoVADad703 NoVADad703 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 11, 2013

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    I have 2 daughters. The oldest is 10

    and the youngest is 6. They both mean the world to me.
    GenuineGentlman86 GenuineGentlman86 26-30, M Aug 23

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    It's The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love

    I'm 46. My boy is 16 next month. I am told how great a father I am constantly. But I don't feel it. Part of it stems from my years long battle with depression and anxiety. I think I also regret that I wasn't always able to give him the life I think he deserves. Short story: Lost...
    mdg1 mdg1 41-45, M 8 Responses Aug 31, 2011

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    my son came to live with me a few years ago,

    never been happier. last few years have been amazing. He turns 18 in July and in Sept off to university....will be sad to see him go but proud he turned out good and independent. Was hard at times on us both but..we're getting there...
    spankwire spankwire 46-50, M 2 Responses Jun 23, 2014

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    I am a single dad of two daughters.

    Even though it is a major struggle I would not trade it for anything to be a part of their lifes.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 29

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    I have a 4 yr old girl

    that I have raised since birth because of certain circumstances and I love it went down shop and got a million stares with make up packed on my face and nails painted
    madridista23 madridista23 41-45, M 2 Responses Feb 24

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    olivvia olivvia 36-40, F 4 Responses Apr 17

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    if you've raised kids

    and still have no patience, you probably won't ever have patience... like never ever
    jb1853 jb1853 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 4

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    My Best Friend.

    Where do I begin? I have 3 boys. 14, 12 and a 9 year old. My boys are my world and they have saved my life. I'm sure no one here thought they would be sharing a story but here we are. My best friend and the mother of my angels was taken from us in a tragic accident. It's been...
    hodranreb hodranreb 31-35, M 7 Responses Jul 19, 2012

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    I Am A Single Dad And I'm F'n Awesome

    So about 2 years ago my wife cheated on me and we have been divorced for almost a year now. The kids live with me which is awesome, but my ex wife is a nightmare! She constantly goes way out of her way to make my life hell, including missing her visits with the kids so whatever...
    Rmk1319 Rmk1319 36-40, M Nov 30, 2013

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    Why is being a single dad to my teenage daughter

    so strange to some people so many women think it's strange cos she decided to stay with me when me & her mum split . My ex does everything she can to make my life hard but she was the one that didn't want our daughter when we split . I just don't get this whole what your...
    Jdncoke Jdncoke 46-50, M Jun 11, 2014

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    I,M A Single Dad

    Single dad of six kids ,after18 yrs of marriage never thought it would happen to me,all between 2-12. And couldn,t be happier,100% custody and somehow find time to work fulltime (well sorta) 9-3 lol. My kids and I live in the country,do a lot of sledding ,and skidooing...
    extrbusydad extrbusydad 41-45, M 3 Responses Apr 18, 2013

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    Unexpected.

    So 2 months ago now, my girlfriend, literally shoved our 3 months old son at me. She announced that we were over, and that she wanted nothing to do with the "vermin" that I now held. I knew from the first month that she certainly did not want the baby. She believed in waiting...
    InsertObscenityHere InsertObscenityHere 18-21 10 Responses May 6, 2011

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    Have Been For 7 + Years Now

    It has been just me and the kiddos for over 7 years now.  I have three kids, two boys 19 and 13, and my little princess, who is 8.  When I first got custody of them they were 12, 6 and 16 months.  At first it was completely overwhelming and sometimes even quite...
    garys5150 garys5150 46-50 31 Responses Mar 3, 2009

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    When I see a girl 14 yrs old writing something

    dangerous, like they will do "anything" for money for a new IPad I get concerned. Yet I wonder how real is that? Is it some freak trying to get off? A cop looking to entrap some dumbass perv? I can't believe a girl that age would even think that way. Am I naive?
    mslvr01 mslvr01 46-50, M 2 Responses Jun 30

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    Clean.

    when I became a single dad I found something that suprised me. My daughter always leaves cleaner with her curly hair brushed and detangled just to come back needing more attention in the area of hygiene and hair. And moms the one with a tub, I only have a shower. Are there many...
    horsemamseeking horsemamseeking 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 25, 2012

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    Yup I,m a single Dad .

    Full time single dad 6 kids 100% custody .Always tired ,always working, butttttttt my kids make me laugh and give me the energy to keep going. Tonight I looked in the mirror ,figured it was time for the bimonthly haircut ,which I do myself. Not quite shave my head but pretty...
    extrbusydad extrbusydad 41-45, M 11 Responses Feb 13, 2014

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    I think single dads are

    so attractive. I've always had a weird thing for them and I'm not quite sure why.. Hmm
    lilmisssme lilmisssme 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 26, 2014

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    My Most Important Job

    As I was driving home from the hospital on the day my son was born, I kept getting images of his face in my mind, accompanied by an intense rush of emotion that was almost awwgasmic, as though the Universe was telling me: This is important; look after this. And I've obeyed that...
    amberdextrous amberdextrous 51-55, M 16 Responses Nov 7, 2009

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    43, Single Dad with 4 boys.

    Three of them still at home, they are 21, 19, 10 and 6 this year. Never a dull moment and I'm very lucky that they're all good kids.
    goodman72 goodman72 41-45, M 3 Responses Jun 7

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    Any other single dads want to talk

    and provide support and advice? Message me
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 31

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    All the dads in this tag

    that are doing a fantastic job, I feel so jealous. One of you come be my dad lol
    elastrella elastrella 16-17, F Jun 8

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    I struggle with my kids.

    My wife left me with two toddlers (twins) and I really wish I had some support. Every time I try to date and I like someone they run a mile and I feel like I'm a failure as a dad and a man.
    Singledadbrad Singledadbrad 31-35, M 4 Responses Aug 18

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    I do enjoy being a single dad

    but I do miss having someone to do stuff with. I guess with my little girl I've become increasingly picky. Oh well, maybe no one will live up to my expectations.
    dontgitbit dontgitbit 26-30, M 4 Responses Jun 9

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    SiRjUS SiRjUS 36-40, M 1 Response Jun 4

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    19 Years Old Raising 3 Teens And A Baby

    So i juss turned 19, and i am the legal guardian of my 17 yr old sister, my 16 yr old sister, my 17 yr old brother, and my 2 yr old daughter. Long story short, our parents were killed in a car crash three years ago, we all went into foster care.. when i turned 18 i got my own...
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Aug 15, 2012

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    A Lone Traveler

    Its a beautiful world, lot to explore, lot to see and experience together, and to achieve. Never thot it would be a lone journey, well, without a partner. Its different now, there still is fun, life still charms and bringing surprises as days go by, some are good, some not so. I...
    HighLanderTX HighLanderTX 46-50, M 4 Responses Nov 29, 2012

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    seanwaits14 seanwaits14 22-25, M Dec 24, 2014

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    I raised my daughter on my own

    after her mother died when she was just two years old. She got married this summer at the age of 27. And we still exchange texts most days.
    padraig17325 padraig17325 56-60, M Jan 4

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    Ya I'm a single dad..

    . Sense when does that mean I am a bad father...? I love my daughter and I do everything for her and with her... She's the only reason I'm still alive and that's no joke. But everyone looks at a single dad as if he is either a piece of shot and or should not have a date or talk...
    Chevy3505 Chevy3505 26-30, M 4 Responses Jan 31, 2014

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    Never Give Up

    So i have been separated from my wife for 4 years now and have never heard the words your doing a good job or that im a good dad from her.Dont get me wrong!I dont need to hear that from her but it does hurt ........until now.Ive kept my mouth shut,respected her,treated her with...
    cedrekd cedrekd 31-35, M 3 Responses Jan 21, 2012

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    One Summer

    i was single dad to my two boys from the ages of 10 and11 when my wife left with a guy she worked with i was never going to be a ordinary dad i was only 30 but i did my best one summer when the boys were 14 and 15 i asked them if they wanted to go back to there roots for the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 27, 2013

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    When my daughter started to blossom,

    I took her to where I had always bought ladies underwear, Victorias Secret. The salesgirl was happy to help, so I handed over my credit card and let them do their thing without Dad watching. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I didn't anticipate my daughter expecting all...
    padraig17325 padraig17325 56-60, M 3 Responses Jan 16

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    while i am working...

    my daughter is doing my hair... daughter: "where is your hair gel" Dad: "if you were hair gel.. where would you hide" daughters eyes get huge as the answer crosses her mind. Daughter: "I would hide in the bathroom!!!" she takes off running and comes back... Daughter: "Ok...
    nocool nocool 41-45, M 5 Responses Jun 23

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    Iam Not A Single Dad

    Some people asked me why I belonged to this group..No, Iam not a single dad but I salute these kind of men who never neglected their children since the day they were born.I can relate to them because my papa showed us this strange unconditional love that its very rare for a man...
    TemptressKassandra TemptressKassandra 31-35 3 Responses Jun 20, 2012

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    i have a lil girl and ready

    for more one day ;)
    notamonk notamonk 26-30, M 3 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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    Ok tell me if I'm going overboard here.

    My daughter wanted to talk to her mom so I let her use the phone. She proceeds to then ask to talk to her boyfriend. Am I out of line to get pissed off?
    dontgitbit dontgitbit 26-30, M 2 Responses Jun 19

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    My daughter made me breakfast this morning.

    Even though by the time I got up, the cereal was pretty soggy. Although I noticed that she had a glass of water and Tylenol so I ask her why was that and she said "I thought it would help your hangover since you drank so much and were in bed longer." You really never know what...
    bloodandrazorblades bloodandrazorblades 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 1, 2014

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