I have been talking a lot to a friend of mine lately who brought to my attention that single dads do not get enough recognition! I totally agree, I may not see the ones who are out there sharing that story because honestly- being a married woman/mother, I don't look for it. We Have Mom-Models we look up to like Maria Form Happy Mum Happy child Who is an amazing woman who shows us the good the bad and the ugly and encourages mums to know that just because we share the good and happy moments, doesn't mean we don't suffer behind the camera. She is amazing, But for the Dads out there, Married, in a relationship or single, we don't see their side. Perhaps that is because they don't like to share or encourage the way that we Woman do but for this post I wanted to feature My friend and his good and bad as a Father.
Meet Matt, He is a Single Dad to a Beautiful little Boy Named Jackson, he works 2 jobs and still manages have an amazing co-parenting agreement which allows him to be a dad for 3-4 days out of the week. I feel I also need to mention that it is seen way to often that co-parenting is made so difficult for either parties for personal reasons over child related reasons so to see that Matt and his Ex have this amazing agreement really shows their maturity towards each other and proves that their child really does come first, so without even getting into the post I think you two are phenomenal people and i have the utmost respect for both of you as parents and as people.
Recently Matt Shared a post to his personal Facebook page which heed an amazing response and gave him the idea to collaborate with me on a post to get the word out there.
"Kids are awesome, even when they are having a random tantrum, under the table, at dinner time, because....some reason i haven't worked out yet? Shout out to all the parents who understand this joy 😂 its still the best job ever."
"Update from the other pic. To be fair, being a parent, in any context, IS hard work. We are generally pretty quick show off our cute moments and perfect picture's but we know that the daily reality isn't always so photogenic. So ... yeah, Jackson kicked my arse tonight and that's actually okay too? Still ended with him being fed, bath, stories, cuddle, bed...it all just took a bit longer tonight 😂'
Y'all got this mums and dads.👍"
Short yet Powerful, All to often we see our friends and acquaintances sharing photos and posts about their awesome day, or how well behaved their child has been or a cool place they have gone. Nothing is wrong with that at all but it can lead to insecurities, making us feel or think that we aren't good parents, or don't earn enough, or whatever the case may be! Every one struggles, everyone has bad days, and the best we can do is to encourage and support one another and not pass judgment on what may be a mirage.
What are our thoughts on this topic? Should Matt start a blog? Please share this story to show others they are not alone.
Published by Kristy Paddison