I am a single Dad brinning up my seven year old daughter on my own, and I feel that there is a mix of perception in society towards me normally from women, as all the men I encounter say fair mate !!! I could not do that !
The women are split into two groups from my experience, the first and most common is the kind of "oh that is so beautiful, you are a wonderful father "
The other which is not very common but I'm sure I will face it for all of her childhood is the group that feel I should not be doing it and it will be detrimental for her development.
But all groups ask the same question .......what happened to the mother, which I know is seldom the case for a single mother, there seems to be no mystery in this scenario as the man/father must be bad, but women find it hard to except that this could also be the case with their gender.
But on the whole I receive a huge amount of sympathy,respect and compassion from all that realise I'm brinning up a child on my own. And I don't knock it back either ha !! life is tough as it is and I have an army of family neighbours and freinds that are always offering to help, as well as a phone full of the other parents at her school to help out in an emergency, which makes life a lot more comfortable and I love brinning her up as I know with me she is safe, she loves it too !!!
I am a very happy man my daughter is very happy and we will journey though this world together.