Honoring Single Dads on Father's day

Thomas F. Coleman

Books geared toward single fathers are relatively new to the American book publishing scene. Just a few years ago, such books were scarce.

Today, single dads have quite a large selection to choose from. A quick search on Amazon.com revealed the following recent books for single fathers. (I'm not recommending them, just listing them, so do your own review before you buy.)

Raising My Best Friends: Meeting the Challenge of Being a Single Father (Beckham Publication Group, 2006); How to be a Great Single Dad (Hay House Pub, 2005); Surviving the Single Dad Syndrome (PublishAmerica, 2004); Quality Time for Dad: A Parenting Guide for the Single Father (Authorhouse, 2004); Diary of a Single Dad (Authorhouse, 2003); The Single Dad's Survival Guide: How to Succeed as a One-Man Parenting Team (Waterbrook Press, 2003); Cook Like a Mother, Clean Like a Pro: The Single Dad's Guide to Cooking and Cleaning (PM Wright Communications, 2002).

The list of organizations and websites focusing on the needs of single fathers is also growing. A Google search came up with the following results. (I'm not vouching for them, just listing them, so check them out before you join or donate to them.)

Fathers' Rights and Equality Exchange: www.dadsrights.org; Responsible Single Fathers: www.singlefather.org; Parents without Partners: www.parentswithoutpartners.com; Resources for Single Dads: http://fatherhood.about.com/od/singledadsresources/; The Single Fathers' Lighthouse: www.lighthousedad.com; and MrMoms: www.mrmoms.org.

So if you are a single dad, you should know that resources (books and organizations) exist to help you meet the challenges of single parenthood.

And to those dads, single or married, who have been loving, nurturing, and responsible in fulfilling their parental role, there is only one appropriate thing to say.


© Unmarried America 2006
Thomas F. Coleman, Executive Director of Unmarried America, is an attorney with 33 years of experience in singles' rights, family diversity, domestic partner benefits, and marital status discrimination. Each week he adds a new commentary to Column One: Eye on Unmarried America. E-mail:coleman@unmarriedamerica.org. Unmarried America is a nonproprofit information service for unmarried employees, consumers, taxpayers, and voters.
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