Dad dot info
Free online course for separated parents
Forum - Ask questions. Get answers.
Free online course for separated parents
DAD.info | DAD BLOGS: Marc | Mother’s Day for a Non-Resident Dad

Mother’s Day for a Non-Resident Dad

I use to love Mother’s Day, spending time with my boys, treating their Mother to lunch, and giving my almost ex-wife an indulgent day. Now I am a  divorced, non-resident parent with an ex who I feel is being awkward and non-communicative over every aspect of life. So, Mother’s Day…

 

What do I do?

I want my boys to treat their mum to cards and get some special present or make something for her. On another hand, if I am honest – I resent spending the little money I have on the woman who at times can make it awkward for me to see my boys more.

Full disclosure – I don’t know what I will do this Sunday. Part of me wants to take the moral high ground and make sure the boys do something nice and have a nice present, because their love and opinions of their mother should never be affected by me. I want to support them and allow them to grow into young men who have respect for the ladies in their life. 

I want to show my ex that no matter how hurtful her actions are (in my view), I am a better man and will try and always respect her as the mother of my children.

Mother’s Day is a day for my children to help show their love and respect for their mother – and it is my job as a father to put my own feelings on one side and help make it happen.

I know I will begrudge every precious penny I spend, and whatever we buy not be appreciated as much as I would like it to be – but my love for my children is greater than the pain and inconvenience that I may experience from it.

What we are going to do I haven’t yet decided. Maybe I take the boys shopping, I can get a book she likes or a CD – or I could let the boys decide…

Related entries

VLOG: EVOLVING FATHERHOOD ROLE AND RELATIONSHIP BONDS

VLOG: EVOLVING FATHERHOOD ROLE AND RELATIONSHIP BONDS

“I think that sometimes if you try and tighten the bonds and be more controlling – are you going to then create resentment in your children? Are you going to create a situation where they look at you and go, “don't really like what me dad's doing? I feel constricted.”...

VLOG: EVOLVING FATHERHOOD ROLE AND RELATIONSHIP BONDS

Children’s Parties

Planning a children's party? Follow these top tips... When my son turned six last week we didn’t have a party, given our situation my ex felt it wasn’t appropriate and anyway the class hadn’t had big parties this year and we didn’t have to pay any back. It is a sad...

Latest entries

Prostate problems: what you need to know

Prostate problems: what you need to know

As it's Men's Mental Health Month (Movember) in November, Dad Info is focussing on awareness of men's health issues. As part of this series we are focussing on prostate problems. What is a prostate? The prostate is a small tube found only in men, surrounding the tube...

Black Friday: don’t waste your cash

Black Friday: don’t waste your cash

It's tempting, isn't it? The promise of bargains, money saved and Christmas all wrapped up. However, once you look beyond the gloss and excitement of Black Friday, are the deals really worth it? Do I need it? Can I afford it? The first thing to consider when...

Pin It on Pinterest