Magazine article Work & Family Life

Tips for Moms, If Dads Are Not Around

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Tips for Moms, If Dads Are Not Around

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Of course, not all children have a father in their life on a regular, or even irregular, basis. In this situation, how does a mother address her child's fatherneed?

It's practically impossible for a mom to fill this need all by herself, just as it is for a father to fill the motherneed all by himself. But with the support of caring, competent men in her life and in her community, a mother can provide opportunities for ongoing and predictable physical, intellectual, spiritual and emotional interaction with menexperiences from which her child will benefit immeasurably.

Here are some suggestions:

* Try to enlist surrogate dadsbrothers, uncles, grandfathers, friends- to contribute a male presence in your child's life.

* If you are close to a family with children around the same age as yours, ask the father to take your child on his round of Saturday errands along with his own. …

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