The gender-specific holidays like Father’s Day and Mother’s Day can be tough for single parents. Single moms walk a difficult road, so when Father’s Day rolls around every year, it’s likely that they have a plan of action designed to deal with the day in a positive and proactive manner.
Supporting Your Kids
Father’s Day can be difficult for kids when Dad isn’t present. If your child makes a special gift for Father’s Day in school, help him find someone else to give it to – an uncle or a grandfather, perhaps – suggests Cynthia Yates, author of “Living Well as a Single Mom.” Strive to keep your attitude positive, encouraging and supportive for your kids, especially if they miss Dad on Father’s Day.
Just because a dad doesn’t live with a child, doesn’t make Father’s Day any less special or important. If your kids have an involved and active non-resident dad, let them celebrate together. Check with your co-parent to see if he wants to spend the day with his kids and schedule the Father’s Day celebration.
Special Time with Child
When dad isn’t involved or available, and it’s just you and the kids, plan to make it a special day that everyone will enjoy. If the kids have a trip or an activity that’s on their list for the summer, try to make it happen. An excursion to the zoo, a state park or an amusement park might be enjoyable and memorable for your family. Remember, Father’s Day is all about family and celebrating a strong bond between parents and kids, advises Catherine Green, author of "Survival of a Single Mom."
If you have extended family with whom you can share the day, this might help make the day special. Plan a Father’s Day celebration that includes your own kids and your father, if possible. A family picnic that includes grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins could be fitting for Father’s Day. Spending the day with close friends is another possibility.
When kids need an active father figure, but Dad isn’t involved, sometimes another family member or friend will step in to fill the gap. If your kids are lucky enough to have a father stand-in, encourage a special Father’s Day celebration that enables everyone to spend the day together. You might offer to prepare a picnic and spend the day at a park, or simply invite the special friend to your home and hang out together to create special memories.