I think our media does not cover how many dad’s are raising their children today.
I have a high school friend of mine Don,who’s wife walked out on him and his children in the late 80’s. Don’s daughter was 5 year old girl and his son was 9 year old boy at the time. Don had a very demanding corporate career at that time and had to adjust his life to balance his career and additional family responsibility. It was so hard for him because he always wanted to married and have a family.
For many years Done was alone raising his children, address all the issues of single parenting, without any support. Most people don’t think of dad’s raising children and mother abandoning her children.
Don divorced his wife. He’s ex-wife was uninterested in being a mother any more, she id not visit her children or contact the children on their birthdays or holidays. Don never spoke badly of his ex-wife around his children. He could have.
Don learned how to braid his daughter”s hair before school. He involved his children in Boy Scouts,Girl Scouts, Soccer, after high school sports. He took his kids camping , and boating. Together they had many fun adventures.
Don remarried while his children were in grammar school. His wife Barbara was as committed to supporting the children, but not wanting the children to feel she was taking the place of their mother.
Don’s children are grown adults now, college grads and both are happily married. I know how grateful they are to their father for raising them and showing his love to them.
Today is Father’s Day, so here is to all those dad’s that took the time to raise and enjoy their children!