Single Parents & Children of the Opposite Sex

Today while scrolling through Facebook, I read a status from a friend giving a shout out to all of the men being good fathers. He began his status by saying that he appreciates being called a “good father”, but doesn’t recognize it as an achievement because it is expected of him. I felt it was very commendable for him to recognize that and pat other young fathers on the back for the same.

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As I’m reading the many comments, I came across one from a young lady who replied,

“What about the mommies who have to be daddie too?”

Aside from the awful spelling I was annoyed that she took away from the moment shared between these young men to voice the plight of the single mother. Ma’am if you are reading this, I would like for you to understand something. You being “daddie” is impossible.

For a while, my mother raised my three brothers and I with the help of an incredible support system. It could not have been easy. I have the best mother in the world, but she couldn’t teach me how to be a man, like only a man could. In my opinion, there is no way a mother can take the place of the father, and vice-versa. If you’re raising a child of the opposite sex, I’m sure there are challenges that are met.

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I’d love some feedback here. I’m not a parent and I do not intend to offend anyone. My positive energy and love goes out to all of the incredible single parents and parents in general out there raising our future.

As a single parent, what kind of issues do you face raising a child of the opposite sex?

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Published by Landon Payne

Landon Payne is a freelance writer, proofreader, and editor from Oklahoma City, OK.

3 thoughts on “Single Parents & Children of the Opposite Sex

  1. Landon…I totally agree with you! While I’m not a parent and was raised by both parents, I do believe that single fathers deserve the same respect and appreciation as single mothers. While working for a nonprofit that helps families, I do see many fathers primarily providing for their children…just facts. Not to ever take away the relevance or strength that women have always encompassed but seriously…an applaud for the men out there raising their sons and daughters by (or figuring it out) going to ballet rehearsals, consoling through sad times, being active in the “booster”, going to football practice, trying to figure out how to comb their baby’s hair, and ultimately being “mommy too” should not go unappreciated. Great sentiment!

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