7 Mistakes Single Fathers Shouldn’t Do

Raising children without a woman at home is the most challenging aspect of parenting to any man. Yes, it is a very difficult task. Children need both mother and father but if divorce or death makes a man a single father, then he might need to be extra careful about the upbringing of his children.

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Firstly, avoiding certain parenting mistakes is important. Though you may not be an ideal father, if you avoid certain common mistakes, you might at least reduce the damage on the parenting side.

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Generally, single fathers may get frustrated at some point and may start neglecting certain areas of parenting. Read on to know what mistakes you shouldn't do for the sake of your children.

Drinking In Front Of Son

Never drink at home and never take your growing kid to parties along with you. Your kid might try to imitate you when he grows up.

Bringing Girlfriend Home

Yes, you are single and you might need company. So, you might have a girlfriend as you don't have a wife. But never bring her home as your kids might get hurt or get spoiled looking at your behaviour.

Neglecting Care

Mothers tend to take care of kids well. But when a mother isn't there, you need to play that role too even though you hire a nanny. Nannies aren't paid to shower real love.

Not Spending Enough Time With Kids

Even though you are busy, remember that your kids need attention until they become adults. Never let work dominate your life.

Scolding Unnecessarily

Don't scold your kids unnecessarily even though you lose patience. That might scar their childhood memories. Though it is frustrating to raise children alone, you might need to develop patience for the sake of your kids.

Ignoring Their Academic Performance

Keep an eye on their studies. Make them develop interest in studies as it is crucial for their growth and development.

Not Feeding Properly

Nutrition plays its own role in the growth of children. Feed them properly with healthy food and never overfeed them as it might cause obesity.

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Story first published: Monday, April 18, 2016, 4:24 [IST]
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