4 Easily Avoidable Mistakes Single Dads Make

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Single Parent Family advice articles for the newly divorced dad. Guest contributor, Katie Fetting-Schierf talks about four easily avoidable mistakes most single dads make…

4 Easily Avoidable Mistakes Single Dads Make

Everyone
makes mistakes. (At least that’s
the word on the street.) But some
mistakes aren’t necessary – there are easy steps you can take to avoid them. Below are four such errors that single
dads often make that are easily preventable if you think ahead.

Thinking
you’re a barber

Most
of us believe we could give a haircut in a pinch. We know how to use scissors, right? How bad could it be? Answer: bad. Very
bad. There’s a reason stylists go
to school. Whether you’re trimming
your child’s hair or, more likely, trying to get something out of it, put down
the sheers. Visit a professional,
or for removing sticky substances, visit our clean-up
tips
.

Deleting
the family photos

Oh,
backup. Where are you when I need
you? Backing up files always seems
like the best idea the moment after you’ve irrevocably blown them away. So think ahead! Now that most pictures are digital,
it’s even more important that we copy the files to a secure location. Online data protection
is brilliant at this, and many companies offer free packages with plenty of
storage for the average person.

Not
buying that training bra

We
get it. You’re a dude. But guess what? Your daughter isn’t. And she may be too embarrassed to ask
you about her developing body.
Consequently, as unpleasant and awkward as it may be, you need to ask
her. Discuss how to broach the
topic with your female friends.
The internet is also a good source of information. Be sure to approach your daughter
delicately, however; you don’t want to make her so uncomfortable that she won’t
tell you the truth.

Being
out of touch

Selena
Gomez? Austin Mahone? Do you know who these people are? If not, it may be time to get a
subscription to a Teen Vogue or a Bop (depending on your kid’s age). Staying connected with youth culture and
showing an interest in your children’s passions are essential to remaining
relevant in their lives.

Katie Fetting-Schlerf is a freelance writer from
Seattle, WA, who, though not a single dad herself, knows a lot about avoidable
mistakes

Richard JaramilloRichard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com,
a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children.
RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents
“Make Life Happen…Again!”

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Richard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com, a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children. RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents “Make Life Happen…Again!”