When should a single mom tell her child why their dad's not there?
Single mothers face a range of unique questions, one of the most sensitive being; when do you tell your child why their dad isn't there?
There is an age appropriate way to tell a child anything. You have to know what works best for you child. Whatever you do, don't lie. Sometimes we think we should have the answer to all our children's questions but it is just as powerful letting them know what you don't know. My kids used to ask me why their dad didn't take them out or pick them up and instead of lying or venting I said, "I don't know honey. Maybe you should ask him next time he calls." Eventually they learned who their dad was without me having to say a anything about him. His actions spoke more loudly than I ever could.
I always avoided saying anything negative about my ex to my daughter. That's not to say that I didn't think it, but she didn't pick her parents, she didn't ask to be in this situation, & it's not fair to influence her thoughts about him. She's an intelligent girl & she'll decide for herself. She doesn't need to be spoon fed negativity (even if it is true). There are classes aimed at divocing parents & some divorce courts require parents to take it. I took it but my ex didn't. The one I took was called "For the kids sake", & the majority of the class was about how parents should never place children in the middle, & should never speak badly of the other parent to the child or in the child's pressence. However, when you're in a situation where Dad isn't around it's not so simple. Eventually the child will ask why. I always waited for my daughter to ask the questions & tried to answer in a neutral way & without any anger (hard to do!). For my situation, I simply told her that just because he stopped loving me didn't mean he stopped loving her - that he still loves her in his own way. I told her that my ex & I were divorced, but he didn't divorce her & is still very much her Dad. It's a complicated situation for us, but I always told her to save her questions up & maybe one day she'd get the chance to ask them herself. She has a stepdad that has been in her life since she was 5, & in her eyes he's Daddy because he's the one who has been there every day - through nightmares, ER visits, school problems, etc. She's old enough now that she realizes it takes more to be a Dad than genetics - it takes genuine demonstrations of love & devotion. When she speaks of her biological Father she refers to him by his first name (I still call him her "dad"). It's a very difficult & sad situation to be in, but if your child's Father has chosen not to be a part of your child's life you have to know in your heart that in the long run it's best for your child. Eventually a man will come along who will love the both of you the way you both deserve to be loved.
I too am in this situation and We(parent/child) see a therapist that deals with children, for this very reason. The time to start talking about it, is when your child asks. I would caution to be very careful and question what they REALLY WANT to know. At a young age, 5 yrs or so, I told her that her Dad lives in another state and is not able to see her but loves her very much. She is now 10 and I have told her that he loves her but is not able to make good/safe choice for himself or for her, so Mommy has had to make the decision to keep us distant. Of course my situation is a choice on my part, as the father, is not of good sound mind and is a user of drugs and alcohol and the truth is that he DOESN'T make good choices. I will become clearer as she gets older but one thing I was told never to do, is talk poorly of her father, as attacking him is like attacking her DNA, as he is a part of who she is, good or bad. Keep talking with the child and processing as much as he/she needs to, so that they do not carry the burdon of thinking it was their fault. Also finding a safeand constant male figure, is a great idea, but I emphasize, safe and constant. This would be best as a relative and not a boyfriend. Some one commited to her life.
I have a 10 year old who's bio dad is not around. When she asked why he wasn't there I explained that he was making decisions that aren't good for her to be around. That he is a good person, but that right now, it's not a good idea for her to be exposed to the decisions he is making. About a year after this she came to me and asked if he was involved with drugs. He is and I told her yes, while stressing that he is an addict and so he has a disease that makes it hard to stop making these bad decisions. Now, I go to NA meetings and she knows this about me so for me to tell her that wasn't a big shock or anything. I am of the opinion that if a child asks a question, they are prepared for an age appropriate answer. She asks about him sometimes and I always give her the most accurate and age appropriate answer that I can. I don't think that lying would make things better.
This may not come up at all a lot depends on when you split up or if the child was born after the relationship ended. I would not plan an age but be prepared to answer any questions with honesty and gentleness. Explaining that it is not their fault. Don't go into too much detail and if the relationship is still difficult or impossible because of violence then tread carefully. Children will grow up happy and secure with one loving parent. and be kind to yourself too people make mistakes and being in a relationship that ends badly is a common experience. BE Honest, BE gentle. BE Kind to yourself.
My two children, now 11 and 7, unfortunately know why their daddy isn’t at home anymore. The day my daughter turned 7, he suffered a heart attack, which resulted in a severe brain injury. He has been hospitalized since. I was very honest with them from the beginning, though back then, even I had hope for recovery, and an eventual return home. Four plus years later, this will never be the case. If I was to count them up, I have spent many hours, and spoken through many tears, just to explain to them that their daddy never would have chosen to leave them, and would do anything in the world to be part of their lives again, however, the universe had another plan for all of us.
They now understand that he will never come home, and I think they even accept that he no longer really knows us on our visits, but when they do go, he is still daddy, regardless. For whatever it is worth, whether he recognizes us or not, the children still bring smiles (and tears) to his face.
The hardest days are those when something as simple as a school project about family or even a television commercial which involves a father and child bring about the heart wrenching pain I see in their faces. Even now I tear up thinking about what they lost. It isn’t about me, I had him for 12 years. It isn’t about his family, they had him for 39 years. It would be selfish of all of us to focus on our loss, but the children, they had such a short time with him, and that breaks my heart. My girl will live each birthday from now on remembering her 7th b-day nightmare, and my boy, well 3 ½ years were not quite enough to have tangible memories. He makes many memories up… I let him. They are his to hold close to his heart, and if they make him happy, so be it!
Most importantly, while times are tough, and the 3 of know why, we will make it through it all. The kids will forever know that their daddy loved them more than anything in his entire world, and I will always be there to remind them of that!
My daughter is 4 1/2. Her biological father is a rare part of her life. Whenever she wants to know why he hasn't come to get her I ask her if she wants to call him and see.
I feel that it is important to pay attention to how mentally developed your child is. I haven't discussed with her the full reason that he is gone. But I do try to not belittle him around her. My family is also working on this problem, they feel as though he doesn't deserve to see her. While I am blessed to have a strong support system I am thankful that I don't have to deal with telling her the whole reason yet. Its not something I think she can handle yet. I do think that @ 4 she is old enough to start asking him why he's not around, But as I have read before it is important that I don't power-play with her. I make sure that she has an oppertunity to talk to him when she wants. But I also don't force her into it.
Hope that helps.
Give him or her an age appropriate answer if you don't know what to say, You need to find a children's therapist to help explain to the child early on all the questions they have in an appropriate way. There are things as a single mom I would never tell my son that my ex husband has done to us both. I do not want him to feel like he cannot talk to me about things. So i set a good example by ex: praying for my ex husband and his family, encouraging him to speak about them freely, telling him he is so lucky to have so many people that love him. A good mom will try to hold her tongue around her children. The Dad may be no good, not paying child support, absent and always has been from that child's life, BUT THAT IS STILL PART OF THE CHILD. I know I have struggled with it. My son calls his bio dad by his first name or add's daddy then his name. Its whatever to me. It's all about my son, and what's best for him
When they ask....there is always a way to communicate with your children. If they ask then it is the right time to provide an answer. I believe that you should focus on the good things as their father was once your lover. Our children will be affected by the story you tell, so tell the good one and leave the rest of the story for them to write if//when the time comes.
I am a big believer in owning ones mistake...if you are a horrible judge of character and made a child/children with an unfit parent you should appologize for not being wiser and planning better. It's a raw deal to have a parent missing from your life...they are both profoundly important to psychological and social development. I would also encourage you to nurture any relationship between your child and a safe friend or family member that is willing to provide a gender substitute for the missing parent. Grandparents , aunts and uncles are 1st choices as they have a life investment in you child but please NOT A BOYFRIEND OR GIRLFRIEND!
So short answer... when your child starts asking it's time to start owning so they NEVER FOR ONE SECOND feel that it was ever their fault that one of the most important human beings in their young lives is not around.
My 5 year olds dad has been in and out of her life since she was 2. The first 2 years are just his stupidity in not claiming her as his own. Anyway, this past summer he actually was taking her on a weekly basis. Then he got a new job which meant he would only be able to see her on weekends. His conclusion of this is that he has more important things to do with his weekends (Drinking, smoking weed, slutting around...) He saw her in July, then in October, then for Christmas each time when he dropped her off he said "love you, I'll see you next week." So the next week would roll around and he didn't call and wouldn't answer his phone. My daughter asked why he wasn't coming and my answer to her was, "Your daddy didn't have a daddy when he was little so he doesn't know how to be a daddy." She seemed to accept that as an answer. Her birthday is coming up this month and I am guessing he might stop by to give her a present, then again maybe not since the state started garnishing his checks for child support payments that he hadn't been paying on his own. I also tell her that God is her daddy and that He is always with her... I'm sure she'll understand it more as she gets older. God is the head of our household so that answer works for us. My realtionship with God is the best thing that has happenened in my life... I was on the brink of death, and He saved me. Teach your childrean about God, it is the best relationship and the only one to fill the void they are feeling in their hearts.
My Daughter's Father lives in a different state. She started asking at 3 why she didn't have one. I tolde her she did and everyone has one. I explained that he lived far away and although he could not be with her, he loved her. I didn't think I was lying because he said so when she was born and up until about a year and a half after that. She would have a breakdown twice a year wanting him to be a part of her life. I hugged her and cried with her. I always explained that everyone is not ready to be a parent and that if you force them to be it could have a negative impact like child and continuous rejection. I also explained that it had nothing to do with her and it was a choice he felt he had to make. I told her I was more than ready to be a parent and I will always be here with her as long as God knows she needs me to be here (She understood that people die and that was a fear of hers too). She accepted that. I never speak negative of him and I have allowed her to write him letters but I would explaining that she may not receive a response but she could just let him know how she was doing. I had to play it by ear and move on the topic when she did. I am always honest with her and adress issues as she asks and seems ready to receive the response. I have no hard feelings toward him...things happen and I share with her positive times we had together. She seems to get it. Best wishes!
When they are old enough to understand. Each child is different. They will ask and you will know.
It is important to understand your child and what their level of comprehension is. I told my son from the beginning what was happening during my divorce, but on a level he could understand and NOT demeaning their father in any way. I have chosen not to tell him when his dad's visitation is, just so there won't be any disappointment if there is a reason for a no show. They understand alot more than we give them credit for!
Just because he was a lying, cheating jerk to me doesnt mean hes gonna treat my son with such disrespect. When i forgave him for all that he has put me through, it had made our live alot easier. We dont fight anymore and we dont have any negitive thought toward each other. We are only human we will all make mistakes. I do think as a parent we treat the other parent like their mistakes are way worse. I had to stop thinking like that. Every time his dad makes an effort i praise him. I always tell him. "I really appreciated you taking him to the zoo. He really enjoyed it. Hell be talking about this trip for a while." If he makes a promise and something comes up to where he cant take him to the zoo. I just simply say "Aw thats too bad. He was really looking forward to spending time with you. Maybe we can try again another time." I would rather do that then fight with him to where he feels attacked.
#1 in my book never mention MONEY or CHILD SUPPORT. It makes the guys feel like they are only good for money. They think thats the only reason why you want them around.
There is never a good time to tell them. No matter what you say they are going to be hurt. However, my daughter found out about her dad around the age of 5. Not my choice. Children are mean, even to their own brotheres and sisters. She found out because one of her older sisters told her that the man who she called Daddy wasnt her dad! I WAS LIVID! I understand her sister was angry but it was uncalled for and hurtful. THis in turn caused a lot of emotional problems for her. She is now 16 almost 17 and is just now learning to deal with it. so this is a good question. I almost wish I would have just told her he was dead. But that would be lying to her and what kind of parent does that make me when I have taught them NOT to lie.
You tell them when they ask and then you have to be sensitive and cautious as to what you tell them. When my daughter asked me that question over a year ago, all I could tell her was that there wasn't a reason for him not to have been in her life. We may have not lived in the same city or state for the first 7 1/2 years of her life, but he always had phone numbers and addresses of her whereabouts and he chose to disconnect before she was 2. Before her 9th birthday, we moved back to the state where her father is and I tracked him down to let him know so that he could have a chance to get to know his daughter and for the 10 months we were there, he never managed to find the time or make an effort to be in her life. Now, he's just a voice on the phone that she hears on an average of 6 times a year and that's rounding up. We single parents bare the burden of either making the absent parent a good person or bad person, but usually the child will see them for who they are.
I have 3 kids, they were 18 months, 4 yrs and 7 yrs when their father left, and I have always been upfront and honest with them right from the start. Of course they all understood things in different ways and I explained things as appropriate for their age, as they have gotten older they have more of an understanding....(although he lives overseas and no longer wants cantact with his kids), so this was something else I had to explain (not easy)
I had an experience with my children asking many questions of him. And my replys are still same: I DON'T KNOW. And they did not get a point from me, then I had said, "THAT YOUR FATHER WANTS TO DO ANYTHING OR EVERYTHING WHEREVER OR WHATEVER HE GOES."
For all you Moms out there that keep your children from their Fathers perhaps you should join a father's rights group and see the other side. I have been in a 5 year custody battle to see my daughter in Germany where dogs have more rights than Fathers. I have moved to Germany to be with my kid - given up my career in NYC been thru 7 lawyers 3 judges 5 court appearances and only have 3 hours Tuesday and Saturday.
No over nights no vacations zero — now My daughter has been brainwashed that she can’t stay with me.
The world court ruled against Germany for human rights violation towards fathers in 2010--
Just this month Germany finally agreed they have to bring their laws into the right way.
What no one ever talks about about is this is run by the lawyers for money — the judges are in bed with the system..
Mothers are pawns in their money making scheme.. They use you to make their fortune — Is is sad because if Fathers got %50 at the start
They would be out of work very fast.
In Germany they are setting up the new law where every Father has to take every mother to court — The courts will be plugged up for years.
But please understand the Lawyers are buddies with the politicians and they are making sure they get their last EU’s before the system change and they will have to reinvent their business model.
With my ex I always says “ Just flip the rights . The visitaion.” Being German and believing in paper she would agree to this only if a judge would rule this way,
But her lawyer and the judge are buddies so never going to happen.
In closing I am a good father pay every month see her on the assigned days , bought a house with a big garden – I believed in the system and humanity.
The system has drained me financially and emotionally and has done my daughter no good.
My daughter and I are very close. We are defeated at every turn .
So try stepping into some Father’s shoes for a while. I hope posting this helps some child that misses her father.
I think I would use age-appropriate language free of judgment, and make sure the child knows that adult decisions are made by adults and have nothing to do with anything they did. Some good resources actually might be adoption books or websites; there are a lot of good suggestions for talking about different types of family structures in a non-judgmental way, and remembering that young children think everything is their fault. For instance, we tell my child that her biological parents could not work and did not have anywhere to live, so social workers found her a foster home when she was born. She is a preschooler and doesn't need more details. We tell her that her foster parents were very loving, but there started to be some problems when she was 2 and social workers felt she would be better off being adopted by a different family. All of this is accurate, nonjudgmental, emphasizes that adults made the decisions, and leaves out any unnecessary drama.
My dad did this and never said a harsh word about my mother, but when I was sixteen I finally got the courage to ask her why she left and her response, "The bi-polar made me do it and you have a 35% chance of being just like me and getting the same thing." I was depressed for 6 months and wouldn't tell anyone what she said but, I was severely hurt by her non-responsibility response. I think that saying I don't know why don't you ask the other parent next time they call is a very wise approach just be sure to be close by and ready to assist your child with the response from the other parent cause what they say can impact your child's life not always in a positive way.
my daughters father was descead when she was about 12 years of age. I have been with my fiance for about 13 years. she has known her step dad which was very good to her financially and emotionaly he would like her to call him dad but she is so devoteted to what she knew her first 10 yr. of life that i think she willl never allow it. I dont know why cause her step dad has always been there and I know her birth fatther would love to know that his little angel is in good hands. how can i convince my baby that she is not betraying the memory of her dad by letting another loving man into her life. I know she loves him but will never call him dad. so sad i wish i could get him to understand the love and devotion to her dad that was really in her life for only about 7 years. she is now 17 yrs. her father last gave her a birthday party around the age of 12 but bought her gifts for the age of a 5 yr.old that is where his mind was at the time. how can i get her to move on?????
Am a single mom i dont know how i will tell her why hes not around but my mom wasa single parent as well she hasnt told me anything about my dad til this day i am 19 yrs old all i know is him name i think theres always a way but just dont lie about it and tell them let them know why hes nt around
I believe children who are old enough [5 and over] can tell why mom and dad are nolonger together. They are witnesses to the inside workings and see a lot. So, mom best be careful and tell the truth, and state it is her side only.
I have a 5yr old almost 6 and an 8 month old. It is hard for my older boy to understand why my babies dad lives with us. You see his father and new partner have had a baby last year and since the new arrival my son no longer wants to see his father. I am at a loss as what to do and he has asked why me and daddy are not together. I know why we are not together but do not know how to say it to him. You see the truth is his father was more concerned about going out with his friends and some other things that it came to a head. I don't want to tell my son that it was because he didn't care about us. Can anybody help me????
i think we should tell them when they have reached the right age to understand things .a mother will just know when the right time comes.
My 4 year old is way ahead of her age. She asked recently and I explained it to her. He was in and out of her life until last year and then just didnt care anymore. So she remembered him and I felt that she deserves to know.
It depends upon the reason he is not there. You need to make sure that the child is old enough to understand what you tell them. Do not make the father out to be the bad guy. That will come back and bite you in the butt. Tell them the truth all the time.
My first question is why isn't daddy there? If there's abuse, don't tell them until they're adults, give them copies of the police reports, and let them choose for themselves. If dad has passed, tell the child from the day dad passed that dad loved him, but he's in heaven with Jesus, or pick your adjective. I personally believe muslim is no different than christian, the books read pretty much the same, but whatever works for you
when the child is old enough to understand what it is your saying and no matter what age ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH!!! What I was told and what I did was... Lets say 2 yrs old, "Daddy go bye bye?" "Noooo, Daddy lives in a DIFFERENT house!" "ohhhh" says the little one
5yrs old "mommy, why is Greg's Daddy home and my Daddy isn't"' "well, Greg's Mommy and Daddy are still together and live in the same home, your daddy is in Heaven... (this is my son, not my daughter)... "oohhhhh, " he says, "But that's not fair, Mommy!!!" "I know baby, it's not fair, would you like to give Grandpa a call and say Hi and talk boy stuff?" "YEAHHHH!" (re-direct)
NOW, my 10 yr old daughter who's Dad cheated and moved away at her age 2.. "Mom, why can't MY Daddy pick me up from school like the other Dad's? Why does my Dad never call or see me?" answer, "I don't know why sweetheart, Dad has our address and phone number and I have told him he could come visit whenever he wants" her "sheeesh, My Dad is stupid!"
10 year old son, who's Dad died when he was just turning 3... "MY DADDY IS GONE AND IS NEVER COMING BACK!!!! WHYYYYYY, WHYYYYY, WHYYYYY? MOM? THIS ISN'T FAIR!!! I WANT MY DADDY!!!!!!" **tears now** We cried as a balloon floated away, which triggered a memory of us letting balloons go with messages to heaven his whole life... NOW, he gets it, he understands the meaning of forever.... He is now 22 and doing absolutely wonderful... Owns his own home, works hard and is a musician and guitar builder for a GREAT company...
Now 16 yr old daughter, Dad comes to visit and is here to greet her as she comes home from Christian camp... He say's "HI BABY!!! How are you doing? I missed you!!" hugs her, she hugs back and says "I have been here, in the same place since I was 3... WHERE have you been? WHY haven't YOU tried to come see me? YOU don't KNOW ME! You have NEVER been here... Do you know how that made me feel? Do you know how many tears I have cried...? ALL you had to do was call and say HI and talk to me.. but you didn't, so now... I don't trust you and I don't want to get my hopes up that you won't disappear again..." After about 9 months of talking and a great sweet 16 present.... he has not returned phone calls and has been absent for almost 4 months now...
The goal of this story is that I have 2 different situations,
1. unpreventable truth that Daddy is in Heaven... give age appropriate information and NEVER lie and say he is on vacation, they WILL figure it out.
2. deadbeat Dad that has never given 1 dime to her for support, been IN her life for only 9 months and HURT HER AGAIN!!! ughhh I am so mad.. That was his last chance to not let her down and for her to maybe forgive the past.. BUT, like she anticipated, he left her again!. BUT, I always told her the truth for her age, never Daddy will be back next week, or THIS present under the tree is from your DADDY, yeahhhh he remembered Christmas... IF THEY DON'T, don't make them a hero in little kid eyes!!
Sorry so long,
this is just my life
I imagine it depends on the situation and the father. Regardless, you cannot speak for the father, nor should you do so: "Honey, I don't know why your father is not in your life." I wish he was, but I cannot make him be one at this time. And even though I know it must be sad (or frustrating) for you, I will ALWAYS be here for you if you need to talk about it."
My daughter's father has never seen her: not when she was born or anytime thereafter to date. This is what I've always told my daughter, and what she also tells her little buddies, and anyone else who asks. What's even more sad (for me), is that her father lives less than 2 miles from our home. She is aware of this as well. She asks from time to time if she can visit him, and I always tell her: "Honey, I would love for you to be able to meet him, but he is not ready to yet. IF he changes his mind though, I will IMMEDIATELY let you know."
She is almost 6 years old. She understands it enough because I broke it down into something she understands for her age.... This is what you must do as well-without DEMEANING the father.
You want to tell your child the truth, without taking away her hope. And it is the truth...you DON'T know what will happen. I mean, can you predict the future? And your child SHOULD have hope.....THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY...for THEIR future.....
I think its best to talk about their biological dad when they ask about them. My daughters dad passed away five months ago, I kind of know all what I'm going too say, but I'm afraid she might hate him for doing what he did :/ But thanksfully she's only one so I'll have more time too think of it.
i could use some advice my son is 6 and the man i was with for 9 yrs although not the biological father to my son (we broke up 5 yrs into our relationship and dated other people) needless to say after dating somebody else for 7 mnths i got pregnant didnt find out i was until about 13 weeks (i have medical issues that came to light with both my pregnancies)anyway me and my first boyfriend got back together then i found out i was pregnant after we decided to work things out i would say i was (unknowingly) about 8 wks pregnant anyway i never told the other guy who actually got me pregnant but my boyfriend was with me through the entire pregnancy the birth everything he chose (after alot of discussion) to sign the birth certificate and said nomatter what he would be here for our son and he was unfortunately life took some hard turns and he ended up in prison for 3 yrs alittle after my son turned 3 i also his "grammy" was invovled in my sons life the entire time he was in prison : fast forward to now my son is 6 his "father" has been home since january 1st of this year and not only has he not seen my son but his mother who had taken my son every other weekend for the 3 years he was incarcerated for has not reached out to me or my son.i cant force him to be in his life (he doesnt owe me anything)nor would i want to(my son doesnt need a man in his life that can give or take being there) but i dont care biological or not he made a conscious decision to make a commitment to a child he helped name gave his last name too and raised for the first 3 yrs of his life and its sad that another mother who gave my son love like a grammy should can walk away from an innocent child with out the respecf of at least helping me understand their reasoning i am not a mind reader and my son deserves better than to be let go of . he used to ask wheres my daddy and my answer was simply your daddys away at a place to get better, and he accepted my answers but now his questions are why hasnt my daddy written me in a long time or when am i going to grammys again or is my daddy ever coming home. i answer very vaguely with i dont know or we could write a letter to him if u want or i tried calling grammy but got no answer and although thankfully im lucky enough (for now) that my son accepts my short answers and i havent noticed any behavioral or social problems from the situation but who is to say it wont have a traumatic effect on him in his life especially through the teenage years and i just dont know what way to approach them (my ex and his mother)P like i said before they dont owe me anything but i do feel (especially his "grammy") that they owe it to my son to either be a positive part of his life or at the very least tell me how they feel so i have closure and can help my son to move on in his life to become a whole person and not feel abanded. (hopefully he wont ever fell like that) because he does have great people in his life that love him and a wonderful step dad and half sister but he knows this other person was his "daddy" and "grammy" and now theyre not in his life. i havent reached out to them because in a way i dont want to give them the satisfaction of seeing that i care but its been afew months now and i cant let go of what could possibley be a really hard disturbing ;problem for my son as he grows into manhood and i need to get closure so i can move on with my family and let my sons step dad take the position of his dad cause essentially he is in all respect of the word and he loves my son and does all things a dad should do and wants to do i just dont let him have the 100 % role of it because of my what ifs. im so confused . any thoughts or advice would be helpful
When I told my son's father that we were going to be parents, He said, No, YOU are going to be a parent. He didn't believe that I was pregnant and that all I wanted was to ruin his life and try to get money from him. He said he did the math and he couldn't possibly be his baby. Well, I ovulated late first of all (which would have made sense in the many years prior when I was TRYING to conceive) which really screws up the math of the whole thing. I sent copies of paperwork from doctors and all I received in return was a letter stating that I should never have contact with him ever again.
That being said, I've struggled non stop for the last seven months to try and find the right way to let him know and all I can come up with is.... Some men are just not ready to be daddys yet so instead of trying to hang on and be a bad daddy, he decided that you would be better of with one really great mommy who can give you everything you need and want. In the event that his father does come back later in life, I don't want to say anything negative. I would prefer that my son form his own opinions about his father and not have to run off of my negativity. How he uses that information is up to him. I don't know. This may be the wrong way to handle things but it's all I've come up with so far
in my own case, my boys (ages 9 and 6) dad just doesn't want to be a part of their lives (sometimes i wonder how cruel or thoughtless a man can be). So we have also thought it best to stay away and be more focused on other things that affect us.
Whenever the questions arise, i always say I DO NOT KNOW, but i feel he will come round someday soon and no need to worry for now.
I only pray that they will grow up to be what God Almighty wants them to be.
My daughter is 20mths old now and have decided to answer any questions to why her dad isnt around in an age appropriate manner and never bad mouth him in her presence, afterall our children wont be kids forever and they will grow into adults with their own opinion. My focus is to build a positive relationship between his parents and her and maybe one day he will agree to meet with her and answer her questions. She also has a half sister who is 13yrs older and I'm not hiding that from her either but will only discuss it if or when she asks.
u women out there, my family is in a situation where the mother could truely care less if our family, my son, ,
is in my grandsons life. we had to go to court to have somewhat fair time. she gives single parents a bad name. come on women,do whats best for your child. keep dads in kids lifes!!
I agree w/ it being age appropriate, but you must also gauge how well your child can handle certain information. My daughter was 3 when we had the "Why her father and I aren't together" conversation. I explained we weren't kind to one another, and were much nicer when we didn't live together. The explanation satiated her question and she made it a point to express that she loved us & wanted us to be friends. Depending on how your child intakes information, should be a leading factor in presenting your story. I agree, never lie. Give it in a dosage they can digest.
I have a daughter who is and has been a single Mom from the get go....
Her daughter was born with only myself and my other daughter ( her sister ) at her side in delivery.
My granddaughter is almost 9 and about a year ago started queistioning why her Daddy didn't live with them and was not around.
He has never been there, would not claim her as his , and isn't even on her birth certificate.
My daughter just simply told her he didn't want to take responsibility for either of them but that she loved her and that she actually had the very best Dad there was. That Dad is Jesus and he loves you very much and will never leave you . He can and will provide all that we need.