WOW | What You Think
THE CHALLENGE OF BEING A SINGLE PARENT
Compiled by: Anushka Shrestha
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Being a single father, I wake up every morning to new challenges. It takes patience and courage to get through the day. It is not always easy to stay positive. Every single father faces their own specific challenges but there are some common threads among us. Loneliness, financial burden, instilling discipline in children, father wounds, distance, communication with your ex, bond with your children, organising your life and many more could be the challenges of a single parent.
Whether or not by choice, physical distance between you and your children is emotionally tough. The main challenge I have been facing is to get to know my daughter better. I miss the bond between us. I don’t get to spend much time with her as I see her only once a week. Even though I get busy with my work on other days I am yearning to have my child with me every single day. Most significantly I want to guide her, teach her ethics and values and be there for her whenever she needs a friend. I miss all the fun times I would want to spend with her and make beautiful memories for both of us. Every day I just look forward to be with my daughter and I think that’s what every father desires.