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Parenting tips for single fathers
by John A. Roberts

For many men, the issue of trying to be a loving, single parent is complicated by their relationship with the mother of their child. Being a single father can be rough at times, but it can also be very rewarding. Building a loving relationship with your child can take time, but it's worth it.

There are many things you can do to raise your children the right way, without having to doubt yourself as a good father. Here are some tips to help you overcome the difficulty in raising a child on your own.

Talk about what happened with the mother of your child to your family and friends. They can help you get over the trauma and stress of separating with the mother of your child. This support network will help you get a better understanding of what lays ahead of you as a father.

Talk to your kids and reassure then that its not their fault you and their mother broke up.

Be there for your child. Children who grow up with a father are more likely less to disrespect their mother, join gangs, and use drugs and alcohol.

Don't let your relationships with other women get in the way of raising your child. It can be very easy to let someone in your life that can help you raise your child. However, don't let them mentally and physically take you away from your responsibilities.

Be sensitive to your child's feelings about the separation of you and their mother. Be sure to let your child know that you'll always be there for them no matter what. Children of divorced parents often have certain fears about being left alone. Explain to your child that they'll never be alone and they will always have the support of both parents.

Make sure your child is a part of your family. Let your children know that your family loves them just as much as there mother's family loves them. Let them spend the night over their cousins' house to help them form a relationship with your side of the family.

Get involved in what's going on at your child's school. Be a part of your child's life by staying informed in how well your child is doing. Go to parent/teacher meetings and join the PTA. Attend their sports events. This will let your child know that they you care about their future.

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