Being a single parent is a tough job no matter who you are, but if you're a single dad, you likely feel you've entered a strange, new world. Whether your kids are 12 months old or 12 years old, the tips and advice in this comprehensive guide will make the little tricks of parenting feel like second nature to you. Authors Elaine Fantle Shimberg and her son, single father Michael Shimberg, show you how to:
- Make your house (or apartment) a home
- Juggle your work and personal schedule with that of your kids
- Co-parent with your ex for the kids' sake
- Handle special circumstances if you're a widower
- Celebrate holidays and deal with in-laws
- Raise daughters, both youngsters and teens
- Cook foods your kids will eat
- Field common childhood maladies
- Date again
Throughout, Fantle Shimberg and Shimberg include "Tips from the Trenches"--anecdotes from more than 50 single dads just like you on what works and what doesn't--as well as recommendations from lawyers, marriage counselors, psychologists, social workers, teachers, and clergy members.
With The Complete Single Father, you'll have everything you need to enjoy your kids while maintaining a stable environment and reducing stress for all involved--without losing your sense of humor!
Elaine Fantle Shimberg is the award-winning author of more than 20 books. She has written numerous articles on family issues for Reader's Digest, Woman's Day, Men's Health, Consumer Digest, Essence, and Glamour and has appeared on Today and other national TV and radio programs. She is also on the advisory board for the website KidsGrowth.com. Her son and coauthor, Michael Shimberg, himself a divorced father of two, is a certified financial planner for a leading financial services firm. He has mastered juggling carpools and cooking, as well as the technique of tying bows on his daughter's dresses. Both authors live in Tampa, Florida, and can be reached via their Web site, www.thecompletesinglefather.com.