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To go yet another step forward and even consider a new relationship seems like a risk too great and too self absorbed to indulge in.These fears are difficult to overcome for some single dads.3) But a co-parenting dad is also in a powerful learning mode.He has come to the understanding that in order to help his children live fulfilling lives, he has to put aside his bullshit and get down to the business of partnering with his former spouse for the betterment of all.It is a precarious place to be initially, and newly single dads often see caring for their children as the clear and present through-line amidst the chaos of divorce and change.The end of a marriage can seem like a catastrophic failure to create continuity, but when there are children involved, divorced parents can find real and lasting redemption in creating the civilized and loving structures of co-parenting.If you want to have a cup of coffee with a single dad like these, bring an open heart and get ready to meet a complex and deeply interesting human being.
They are fiercely committed to their little ones saying, by action and by word, “you are loved.” I was once one of them. What I was seeking (and found) in a spouse was informed by what I experienced in part, in the co-parenting world.It can create the illusion that what we do as co-parents could have fixed a broken marriage. Because things done in service to little ones will not alone sustain a marriage. Meanwhile, the co-parenting work teaches us things that marriage simply couldn’t. But mostly he needs space to work through his own interpersonal challenges, challenges that are often placed on hold as he works to insure the safety and security of his children.