Being a parent is tough. From the day your child is born, you naturally lose sleep as a result of the endless worrying and work involved with raising a kid, and while you may find yourself getting more sleep over the years, your worry doesn’t lessen. Now, imagine being a single parent? As if the pressure wasn’t on when you had a partner to enjoy parenting with, imagine how much harder it gets when there is just one of you every moment of the day.
One dad made it clear what his priorities in life were, while out to dinner on Valentine’s day. Instead of going out for a fancy dinner with his current flame, the single dad chose to take his six-year-old daughter out for the special holiday. The two of them talked about the day and how much they meant to one another and had an enjoyable time, but they didn’t realize that someone had been watching them during their private date.
When the dad went to pay the bill, he received the following note…
“Hi there! Sorry to spy, but my husband and I saw you out with your little date and were so impressed with what a great Dad you are. From two adults who grew up without dads, it’s so important to have a male role model at a young age. Keep up the good work Dad! Dinner is on us!”
The dad was shocked by the genuine kindness, but he was disappointed that they didn’t leave a name and they had already left the restaurant so he didn’t have a chance to thank them. Since he couldn’t show his gratitude, he used Facebook to share the kind deed with the world.
Alongside the photo, the dad shared the following caption…
“As a single dad, I took my six-year-old daughter out to Valentine’s dinner tonight when this happened. I won’t lie, I teared up at the table. So, thank you, random strangers. Thank you.”
While society tends to focus on the bad in the world, there really is a lot of good and if you just stop to look around, you will notice that there is good in nearly every situation. Maybe it’s time we make the good stand out as much as the bad stands out, to balance out the world a little better.
Single mothers are often the ones that get applauded for all their hard work, but there are single fathers out there who do just as much work and they need to be recognized in the same way this dad was. Having a father figure is beneficial on so many levels, including the fact that children with fathers have a better chance of expressing emotions properly. Dads offer a different perspective and give children another person to go to and rely on which in turn, results in more confidence when tackling new things.
Unfortunately there is still a large population of children living with absent fathers. Statistics show that one out of three American children live in homes without fathers.
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