Misconceptions – The Single Dad View

Misconceptions - The Single Dad View

This week I've been featuring guest posts by single mom writers I respect, who engage me in some way and who speak from the heart and gut. It would only be fair of me to now flip the coin over at and explore the daddy view. I'm all about fair play. Well, except when playing pool. I do like dirty pool. 

The truth is most single dads get a bad rep solely based on a few, or more than a few, slackerasses. Truth be told good fathers outnumber the bad.  I can't help but believe that good is the norm but sadly we focus on the bad, it's more entertaining, and I'm guilty of that myself. 

I gave my buddy Todd over at I Used To Have Hair his Single Mom – Single Word assignment and yet again I received a post back that nailed it. And he doesn't even have a vagina.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that there are a lot of preconceived notions on what makes up a single dad. I’d like to firmly believe that it’s a matter of a few bad apples spoiling it for the rest of us.  I don’t know if that’s 100% accurate, but it’s something I tell myself in order to sleep better at night (okay…maybe not but I was looking for a dramatic opening).

Deadbeats. Bad role models. Never around. Won’t pay child support. Don’t know what they’re doing. Only interested in themselves and whatever new floozy they happen to be with on that particular weekend.

These, I believe, are misconceptions that all single fathers have to deal with on a daily basis. And these misconceptions not only come from the mothers of our kids, but they are also the general public’s perceptions of us.  The public, at large, has been taught that single fathers who actually care for and look after their children are a rare breed.

I, for one, have had to overcome some of those misconceptions from my own ex-wife.  She never thought I would be able to look after our son in a way that she saw fit.  In her eyes, I wouldn’t be able to handle him crying or adequately feed him or ensure he got enough sleep every night.  This was actually in spite of the fact that I already had an eight-year-old daughter at the time from a previous relationship and she was turning out quite nicely.

It took a couple of years, but eventually she came to not only admit that I was a good father to our son but had actually exceeded her expectations as a parent.

I get the feeling that there are a lot of single fathers out there that have to…

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Lisa Roth Collins is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and is the Marketing Manager at NaturallySavvy.com. She is passionate about health and wellness and tries her best to make healthier choices every day for herself and her family. Her journey to natural health was driven by her own struggles with digestive discomfort, depression, and anxiety. Lisa returned to school in 2014 to study nutrition at the Canadian School for Natural Nutrition. She threw herself into her studies so she could learn as much as she could to help herself feel better and thrive. Upon completing the program and being certified as an RHN, Lisa began her work at Naturally Savvy where she has been able to help so many people learn to make healthier choices for themselves. Through her work, she has connected with so many incredible people in the industry whether other authors, influencers, or brands. Plus, she is affectionately known as "Techie Spice" because of her ability to wrap her head around technology. Every day she gets up with a renewed sense of energy and ready to make a difference. You can read all of Lisa's content here. In her spare time, Lisa loves to try new recipes, make delicious and nourishing meals, and she is an avid reader. For more information about Lisa, check out her profile on here.