HOW TO NAVIGATE MOTHER’S DAY FOR DADS WITH PRIMARY CARE
Being a solo or single primary carer dad on Mother’s Day can be a little tricky and certainly celebrating you and what you do goes against the usual gender norm. However, solo and single dads deserve equal recognition. Just like all primary carers, single dads manage the cooking, washing, transporting, parental responsibilities and emotional wellbeing of the children.
As always, a parent’s primary focus is their children – helping them to adjust, feel ‘normal’ and be just like their friends. As such, this Mother’s Day you may need to implement a multiprong approach to your special occasion celebrations.
You might like to consider or action one or a few of the following:
If you are a father reading this article, regardless of the time share with your child, it’s always nice to help your child recognise the many wonderful women that help to shape their life – even their mother. Helping your child surprise their mum, albeit a token gift or small gesture, will go along way to improving and maintaining a positive co-parenting relationship.
Thinking about navigating Mother’s Day may stir up feelings of hurt, resentment, guilt, sadness for the decisions that you have made and the other parent that your child has. However, if we adjust your perspective and remind you that without the other parent, your child wouldn’t be here. Your child is the amazing individual that they are because of the resilience, love and support that you have given them and the decisions that you have made on their behalf.
Be proud of your efforts and of your child this Mother’s Day.