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"Where's My Daddy?"

"Where's My Daddy?"

"Where's My Daddy?"

Being a parent is one of the toughest (yet most rewarding) jobs out there. But being a single parent is typically even harder. Especially when your children have questions about, as writer and solo mom Christine Coppa puts it, "the complicated yet increasingly common world of single parenthood and co-parenting," such as "how come my daddy doesn't live with us?"

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How have you explained being a single parent to your children?

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LiszSujaya LiszSujaya 4 years
I have 7 y.o. girl and 4 y.o. boy, and I'm a widow since my son was 28 days. It's been a long painful journey, but luckily (or not) both of them never ask where their Dad is. My daughter was 3 when her Dad passed away. She knows that her Dad passed away, the problem is that she sort of blaming him because he left us.
jamie73741 jamie73741 4 years
I HAVE A 3 YEAR OLD LITTLE GIRL 13 YEAR OLD SON AND A 11 YEAR OLD SON WHO HAS JUST BEEN TOLD HE HAS CROHNS I GET THIS QUESTION ALL THE TIME I HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO ANSWER THIS IT SUCKS I TRY TO ANSWER IT THE BEST WAY I KNOW HOW WITH IM NOT SURE MAYBE HES WORKING OR MAYBE HE WILL CALL LATER TONIGHT BUT ITS BEEN 3YEARS AND HE HAS ONLY COME AROUND 2 TIMES NO CALLS NO BIRTHDAY PRESENTS NO CHRISTMAS NO NOTHIN TELL HOW IT REALLY IS THEN THE QUESTIONS STOP SO WHEN THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH U JUST TELL THEM THE WHOLE TRUTH
CoMMember13631151788163 CoMMember13631151788163 4 years
i was a single mom for 6 and a half years. My son's father walked in when my son was a year and a half old and got joint custody (that has been nothing but a mess) My son's father still comes and goes as he pleases and pawns my son off on other's or is put on supervise visitation by the court because he cant keep it together. I got the question's when my son was 3 or 4 it was a simple answer mommy and daddy cant get along so we r making 2 happy homes for you instead of one where all u here is fighting. At the time he was okay with that. Now the questions are so much more grown up and hard to answer i cry every time i have to tell my son why he cant see his dad by himself or why his dad and i are fighting. it pray it gets better and easier for him some day but i dont see it happening anytime soon
Samantha94025 Samantha94025 4 years
I became one on my daughter's first birthday. I had to leave. She's too young to question it now, but after all the court he has her every other weekend and even longer some weeks. I wanted deeply for her to be raised different than me, and not have separated parents and go to 2 different households. I hope as long as we both are good parents that she'll turn out alright. I expect she will ask about everything eventually when she's older. I'm prepared to tell her the truth but not all the details as not to cast blame on her father.
StephanieEyerly StephanieEyerly 4 years
im waiting for the day my daughter asks this question til then its not even a subject in my home
ClareRose ClareRose 4 years
I have very recently become a single mum (3 weeks ago!) and my boys (4 and 8) seem to have taken it very well and I have answered any questions the best I can. It's not easy but my eldest has said he's glad that mummy and daddy wont be grumpy with each other all the time anymore. it is easier these days and far more accepted and normal. when my parents divorced when i was young it was a real social stigma so at least my kids have got it a little easier on that front. x
lornatinoso lornatinoso 4 years
i agree with ms lambert,telling the truth is the policy.Im a single mom of a 10 yr old boy.He only knew his father for about 3 years.When he turned 4 or 5 he started to asked why me and his father are not living together,I told him that this is better than he-seeing us fighting and shouting with each other.Youll be surprised, kids understand... :)
MaryLambert93193 MaryLambert93193 4 years
I am raising my 3 yr old grandson. Both of his parents are incarcerated and will be until he's a grown man. I'm just starting to get these questions and they break my heart. I feel that honesty is ALWAYS the best policy with children. Age appropriate honesty of course. I don't want to tell my little one even a white lie that may lead him to mistrust me in the future.
AshleyPerez AshleyPerez 4 years
iv been a single mom since my daughter was 1, she is three almost four, and so far she doesnt have any concerns at to who her real father is or were he is, There is a man in her life, that she calls daddy or Nate daddy, we have been together for about a year now and she adores him to death. Her real father isnt mentioned around her, which i feel has helped her grow fonder of her soon to be step dad. However the question im dreading when she starts school in the fall, is Why is my last name different? I dont want to hinder her relationship with the man she sees as daddy, and how do u explain to a four year old that her real daddy is in prison, and all honesty i dont want him around her, he has several charges of endagering the welfar of a child (fortantly, not our daughter) and rape charges.
viviannamwanje viviannamwanje 4 years
Am a single parent but its hard for me and my daughter who is about three years
MarkettaWright MarkettaWright 4 years
My daughter isn't old enough to question the arrangement of our household, however I know it will be a difficult conversation when we do have it. I don't feel like not having a traditional family will lack her in any way. She has parents that love her unconditionally, regardless of whether we love each other... lol. I do believe that as long as she can feel that love from both families, then everything will be ok for her. And that is my only concern.
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