Being the father you always wanted

by singlemomseeking on June 15, 2009

In honor of Father’s Day, I’m thrilled to be featuring some amazing fathers here — and at Singlemommyhood.

Many of you are divorced dads who parent long-distance — or your ex is one of them! This week, it’s time to feature two of these guys, who are both fathers to 10-year-olds!

First, up is Mike from Going Sane in a Crazy World.

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Mike and I met the same way that I’ve “met” most dad bloggers: online. Over Facebook the past couple of months, Mike and I have being chatting about the fact that our parents got divorced when we were young — and today, we’re both single parents.

This is the part where Mike really got me: He explained that he’s doing his best to be the father he always wanted.

Growing up, Mike saw his Dad on Sundays, but “he was a very absent father and we interacted very little. I knew when I had a son, I wanted to be the father I had wanted as a child. I’m a long-distance dad, so it’s a tough obstacle to overcome.”

Get this: for the past five years, Mike has written one letter a week to his son, Eric, who lives more than 300 miles away. For a while, Dad also sent his stuffed tiger Hobbes back and forth with a notebook in which Mike described their adventures.

He has always included special surprises in his letters, such as interesting photos from the newspaper and Yu Gi Oh, baseball, and Pokemon cards. Recently, Eric — who’s now 10 — called his dad to ask about the Filipino side of their family for a school project.

I’ve told him since he was born that I would love him no matter what,” says Mike, who tries to makes every effort to see his son every three months. “This ground work has really made a great foundation for us talking.”

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Hop on over to Singlemommyhood to meet Canadian Bald Guy, another long-distance dad… to his sweet 10-year-old daughter.



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