I Am a Single Dad

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 2,292 People

    And I just dropped the kids off.

    ...what to do with my lonely azzs self? Chicken udon soup of course. Fml. Hate being by myself sometimes
    MrHeartaFire MrHeartaFire
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Jan 27

    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, 2015

    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
    6 Responses Jul 19, 2012

    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, 2015

    I am twenty years old

    and I am a single (and very proud) father of a little boy who will be turning two in January. I am also a United States sailor. While it seems as though nobody could ever understand what I am going through, I constantly find myself amazed by the stories of folks who endured such...
    cjbailly cjbailly
    18-21, M
    1 Response Dec 30, 2015

    I'm a single dad. My daughter is my world.

    Her mom wanted to put her up for adoption so at age 18 I became a single teen dad. I've done everything 2am feedings, diapers changes, potty training, braids, Barbie's, all of it and I wouldn't change any of it. I love her and I would do it all again.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Jan 24

    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
    36 Responses Mar 3, 2009
    keydik91 keydik91
    22-25, M
    Jun 23, 2015

    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

    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

    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
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Dec 21, 2015

    I'm obviously not a single dad.

    But my father died when I was 8. I didn't know him and I had a abusive step father. I want a dad who'd take care of me and my mom. Please message me if your interested. This may sound ridiculous but I'm desperate
    jorscott58 jorscott58
    13-15, F
    Jan 8

    I love being a dad. It is definitely work being

    a single parent and not for the faint of heart. But I feel blessed everyday they wake up. Before them, I couldn't picture life with kids. Now, I can't fathom a life without them. They have taught me unconditional love.
    KingOfOral603 KingOfOral603
    36-40, M
    1 Response Sep 4, 2015

    My son is my everything there's nothing in this

    world that I wouldn't do for him
    lostjes lostjes
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Sep 24, 2015

    It's hard raising two kids.

    Don't get me wrong I love my boys to death, but it's hard to find time to date a women. And dating websites suck! So many head games!
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Mar 19

    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?
    Onewithone Onewithone
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Jun 30, 2015

    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
    2 Responses Jan 21, 2012

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    i have a lil girl and ready

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

    Anyone around? I have rare alone daddy time

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

    Ok... I'm here seeking some advice.

    My daughter will be 5 in June. I will be 26 in August and her mother turned 27 in January. Let's just say her mother and I have had a pretty rocky relationship. But I can count on one hand the days I have gone without seeing my daughter. I've always been there and always will...
    cball9412 cball9412
    22-25, M
    Mar 28

    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...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Jun 23, 2014

    All the dads in this tag

    that are doing a fantastic job, I feel so jealous. One of you come be my dad lol
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jun 8, 2015

    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, 2015

    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
    2 Responses Jun 9, 2015

    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
    elfsongtavern elfsongtavern
    13-15, F
    Apr 5

    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
    1 Response Feb 24, 2015

    Dad to three! Two boys

    and a girl. All big, ugly grown ups !
    picklebobble picklebobble
    51-55, M
    1 Response Sep 24, 2015

    It can be hard to raise one kid alone in the

    middle of nowhere, but he is amazing. It be harder without things like online schooling too, I could never teach him everything he needs to know. He will always be my little boy though.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Dec 20, 2015

    I have 3 wonderful daughters

    and a son who are all grown up and who make me so proud and Happy.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Mar 20

    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
    9 Responses May 6, 2011

    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, 2015
    nana2085 nana2085
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 6

    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, 2015

    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
    5 Responses Aug 18, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Mar 26, 2014

    hi am single father wiz a 1year cute little

    princess wana b the best father n take gud care of her
    vik2808 vik2808
    31-35, M
    Mar 30

    My daughter is by far the most important person

    to me in the universe. When it was getting closer to her due date (she's almost two now) I was hoping and praying that by some miracle the moment she was born I would be a wonderful dad, a different person instinctively. You all know that's obviously not how it works, but in the...
    BillyLovee BillyLovee
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Oct 24, 2015

    last night I could hear noises

    and I didn't know what it was so I went into my son's bedroom to check on him and he was on the floor humping a pillow I was so shocked
    borninmay22 borninmay22
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Nov 27, 2015

    Am a loving and caring man.

    . am a widower with a daughter.. have been busy with work all this while and will be retiring from the military before the end of the year so i think its the right time to get into a relationship.. will like to chat with a loving woman who is a good listener and willing to get to...
    owotabua owotabua
    36-40, M
    1 Response Oct 8, 2015
    SiRjUS SiRjUS
    36-40, M
    1 Response Jun 4, 2015

    Finally decided to hire an attorney

    and take my son and leave my wife. She's a prescription pill abuser and alcoholic and I've had enough.
    fakeplastictree11 fakeplastictree11
    31-35, M
    3 Responses Oct 22, 2015

    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

    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, 2015

    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

    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
    3 Responses Jan 31, 2014
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Mar 26

    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
    Apr 27, 2013

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    maryhenderson69 maryhenderson69
    66-70, F
    3 Responses Apr 21
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    22-25, M
    Apr 21
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    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Apr 20
    I hate calling him Dad because there's a difference in being a father and being a dad; He definitely ain't my dad. It just ****** me off when I clean up after him and he goes to my...
    Stormeyes Stormeyes
    18-21, F
    Apr 20
    I am a 15 year old girl with two almost divorced parents. I am so sad and I have been so depressed during the past two weeks I didn't know what to do. Seeing my mom hurting and...
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    13-15, F
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