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My son is one of those kids at school who gets questions from his peers:
- Who is your dad?
- Is that your dad? (If anyone who is male picks him up)
- Why don’t you have a dad?
- Is your dad dead?
He simply tells them he doesn’t have a dad. And the truth of the matter is, he has seen his dad once–when he was 2 weeks old. So, I am mom and dad! Just like so many other moms out there. When Father’s Day comes around each year, we don’t go out of our way to celebrate. His teachers know that I will be the recipient of any “Father” gifts.
And guess what? There are many dads out there pulling double duty as well. Dads who get flowery gifts on Mother’s Day. Dads who play the part of mom and dad.
This article is for you.
- This is for the single parent who has been through every sleepless night, only to go to work the next morning and repeat the next night.
- This is for the single parent who has kissed every boo boo and held their child through the tears, providing comfort that only a parent can.
- This is for the single parent who has changed every diaper and gone through the joys of potty training alone.
- This is for the single parent who has to answer those tough questions about where the other parent is and why there is no mom/dad living with them.
- This is for the single parent who reads one more bedtime story after working, cooking, cleaning, playing, bathing the kids, and snuggling…and then falling asleep in their child’s bed.
- This is for the single parent who uses all their sick days when their child is sick and goes to work when they are sick because there is no one else to take care of their child.
- This is for the single parent who puts in a movie and orders pizza after an exhausting week, dozing off during the movie.
- This is for the single parent who is lucky enough to be the recipient of every hug, kiss and snuggle from their child.
So Happy Father’s Day, Mom! And Happy Mother’s Day, Dad! You deserve it!