4 Books on Single Parenting to Add to Your Reading List

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Being a single dad can be as tough as it is rewarding. Between balancing parenting and work, planning for the months (and even years) ahead, and simply managing the day-to-day operations of a somewhat smooth household… things can pile up fast.

Sometimes it can help to hear from other dads who have gone through the same thing, who have stories that make you feel a little less alone in raising your kids to thrive in this world.

If you can manage to steal a few moments between parental obligations and other duties, we highly recommend checking out some of our favorite books on single parenting — written specifically for single dads. There are more single dads out there than you’d think (about 2.6 million in fact), and these books feature some refreshing and reassuring viewpoints.

Here are our four favorite books on single parenting for single dads to add to your reading list, all available through Amazon.

1. The Single Father: A Dad’s Guide to Parenting Without a Partner

If you’re looking for an easy place to start, The Single Father combines expert advice, firsthand accounts, and humor so smoothly you’ll forget you’re reading to learn. It contains plenty of content aimed at showing single dads how to help their children, and how to help themselves.

Armin A. Brott writes about how single dads can keep up morale and improve their self esteem when parenting without a partner gets challenging. It covers everything from how to smooth things over with ex-partners, to dating advice for newly single dads — and the whole thing is equal parts hilarious and helpful.

Single dads will appreciate the resources it contains on how to talk to your children about their feelings, and how to talk to them about even the most difficult of subjects, like chores.

The Single Father is a survival-guide-style approach to being a single parent; one that you’ll enjoy when times are good, and feel especially grateful for when conflict arises.

2. The Complete Single Father: Reassuring Answers to Your Most Challenging Situations

The powerhouse team behind The Complete Single Father is made up of Elaine Fantle Shimberg and her son — a single father himself — Michael Shimberg.

You’ll learn how to organize an efficient schedule with your ex, plan healthy meals kids will actually eat, and deal with common childhood illnesses. It also deals with situations where a single dad has been widowed, sensitively touching on how to take care of yourself while also caring for your children.

This mother-son duo incorporate “tales from the trenches” from more than 50 other single dads, giving plenty of material for readers to relate to. It also includes advice from professionals that range from psychologists to teachers and even spiritual leaders. If it takes a village to raise a child, you’ll find a village in this book.

3. Better Dads, Stronger Sons: How Fathers Can Guide Boys to Become Men of Character

Fathers are their sons’ first heroes. As a single dad, it can seem like the weight of your sons’ world is on your shoulders — this next book shows that the weight doesn’t have to feel so heavy.

In Better Dads, Stronger Sons, author Rick Johnson explains practical ways you can be a positive role model for your young sons as they grow.

You’ll learn how to discuss difficult topics like dating and sex, strengthen your understanding of the importance of male bonding and discipline, and gain confidence in your existing skills. This book confronts complex issues and teaches you how to work through them — rather than providing overly simplified solutions that might not get to the heart of what’s really happening with your son.

This book includes a list of 10 mistakes single dads can avoid making, helping you recognize and evade some of the most common pitfalls; all while giving you the skills and mindset you need to focus on the important things.

4. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know

If raising a son alone is difficult, for many single dads, raising a daughter presents whole different sort of challenge. Many people think it can be harder for a father to connect to a daughter, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who specializes in counseling young girls. She wrote Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters to show just how important a daughter’s relationship with her father is. A young woman’s confidence and strength can benefit greatly from a healthy relationship with a father who acts as a positive role model.

This book outlines 10 secrets for every father that will help you build a strong, lasting relationship with your daughter. For single dads, it’s especially useful as a simple guide on how to raise wonderful girls in an increasingly complicated world.

With these books at your disposal, and many other parenting support books out there, you don’t have to feel alone as you navigate the world of single parenting. For more tips and advice on raising children or adjusting to life as a single dad, check out our blog.

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