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How to comfort my dad?

I live with my dad and my grandmother. I don't live with my mother because several times she was caught doing drugs around my step sister. They split up when I was 6 months old. My dad and I don't ...
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8answers
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How can a dad be both a mother and father

I'm a dad and I've unexpectedly found myself raising my son effectively alone. I'm in an atypical single-parent situation, but more general single-dad advice would probably be better for other ...
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Why does my daughter smile and start to laugh at me when I am noticeably really angry at her?

My daughter is 11 years old and has been diagnosed with high functioning austism along with sensory processing disorder. I am a single father and have raised her alone since she was two years old. We ...
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10answers
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I think my 11 month old is afraid of his dad

I will try to make this short... Every time my son's dad shows his face, my son cries himself to sleep. His dad tries to console him but it never works. It always gets to the point of his dad feeling ...
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6answers
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For the benefit of the child: what's better - no father or bad father?

What's best/better for the child in the long/short run - to have no father in his life or to have a "no-good" father in his life? And by "no-good" I mean - mentally and financially unstable, ...
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3answers
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How can an older brother fill the parenting void of an absent father?

Technically, I'm not a parent, but I'm hoping you can help me. My father has recently left and a big void of fatherly like stuff has been left. I am that older son who moved back in and isattempting ...
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4answers
2k views

Helping children cope with a parent's suicide

I like this site and thought I would venture with another question about my husband's suicide and how this has affected our children. I've asked another question here: How to handle disclosing a ...
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5answers
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How can a father teach his girl child about menstruation?

Usually in a home, the mother will teach her daughter about menstrual periods, but consider this following situation: In my neighbor's home the father takes care of his daughter (at present the ...
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1answer
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Why would a primary-schooler want to kill himself?

My nine year old nephew told his (single) mother tonight that he wants to kill himself. What would prompt that? backstory: His father is ... upstate ... for a little while longer, and they do have ...
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4answers
841 views

How can a Single Father prevent his child from becoming addicted to video games?

Scenario: My neighbor faces the tough situation that his 7 year old boy has started to play video games and he wonders how to stop him from getting addicted to them. Sadly, his wife is no more.. he's ...
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2answers
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How can a parent get help with the expense of a child?

How can a parent get help with the expense of a child? I'm not sure how I, as a single parent, am going to be able to cope when the child is born. I am Irish and from Dublin.
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2answers
192 views

How can I become part of my daughter's life again?

I have a 4 year old daughter who's life I have been in and out of (more out than in since we're being honest). I have royally screwed things up with her mother who is now married. I have a crippling ...
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1answer
195 views

Parenting with a formerly abused partner?

I'm not quite sure if this is the right venue for my question but I hope ya'll tolerate it. My wife grew up in a single family home most of her life with an abusive stepfather the rest of the time.. ...
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1answer
831 views

What can my girlfriend do for her daughter?

OK, I am completely unsure as to where I should ask this obscure question, but there is a quite a bit of questions to help with my girlfriend's current situation. OK, let me start of by saying that I ...
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4answers
197 views

Do I move my son to a new school?

I am the single dad of a wonderful son. We have recently moved to a new house only a few miles away from where we previously lived, but it is in another school zone. So I have been debating moving him ...
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1answer
428 views

Single Working Mom Wishes to Homeschool Child

I'm 14 weeks pregnant and I am seriously considering homeschooling for my child. How can I learn more about homeschooling in general, and specifically for single moms who have to work? Are any of you ...
3
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1answer
407 views

What if the father of my children has not seen or talked to his kids in over a year?

My kids father had nothing to do with my son for the first year and a half that he was born then after that he was in his life until he was 9 years old. Then my girls were around him when they were ...
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2answers
165 views

How to be a good Single Mom with a large family and dealing with ADHD

I am recently divorced and have full custody of our six children. My husband was violent with the children and I'm not sure how to discipline them without using violence. My children range in age from ...
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1answer
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Effects of multiple new relationships (and the single parent) upon children

Background. My husband died 10 years ago. My children were aged 9, 3 and 1 at the time. I was always (and still am) probably too extreme in my stance on relationships with men, since my husband's ...
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1answer
313 views

How does a parent that does not know a basic life skill make sure their child obtains that skill? [closed]

My daughter wants and needs to learn to cook. As a single father that doesn't know how himself, I wish I could cook and want my 12-year-old daughter to learn about cooking. I'm sure there are other ...
3
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1answer
245 views

4 year old seems suddenly uninterested in me

I have been separated from my childrens' father for nearly two years. I have custody of our two children, and he lives in a different city than us. Although it is a long haul for him to get to us, he ...
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1answer
343 views

My 5 year old princess makes me feel unwanted [closed]

A brief background: I have been divorced for 3 years now. My ex wife wants me dead, she made threats like "Both of us won't come out of this alive" near the end of our marriage. She has opened an ...
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3answers
105 views

Son not wanting to talk to his father

My son is almost 9years old. I've had sole custody of him since he was 2 . I have given his father chance after chance to be in his life,and every time he has hurt my son. He is in and out of jail and ...
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1answer
106 views

Should I allow my child's in-and-out father to be a part of his life?

My son will be 3 years old in a couple of months and his father lives out of state. He did live here when my son was born but was not there and would not sign the birth certificate. It took a long ...
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2answers
993 views

I am not sure how I can help my girlfriend. Looking for some guidance [closed]

SO, long story short my girlfriend has a child, age 2, from a past ex. The ex rarely visit her daughter, but majority of the time he is there to sort of flirt a bit with my girlfriend, he does not ...