Disclaimer: The below post is made possible from Hallmark for the benefit of this review and giveaway. All opinions are those of Dallas Single Mom and affiliates.
My heart tinged a little when I heard my 5 year old daughter begin to answer the question. Her voice quivered and I could feel the same lump that was in her throat slowly creep in my own throat. It was like a lump in my heart wanted to escape as I overheard her speaking to the other little girl she was playing with. I wanted to swiftly rescue her but I could only sit in the other room and pray that God could give her strength. The other girl asked her, “What happened to your daddy? Is he in heaven?” I could hear my little girl pause for a bit and then she answered softly “I don’t have a daddy. I don’t know where he is.” The other girl could not understand as she asked “Well why don’t you know?”
Those events quickly caught up to me sooner than I realized and somehow I prayed God would give her strength. It seems my daughter was content at the moment of not knowing. However I know with kids that with age comes wisdom as well as questions and one day Baby B will want to know why her dad is not around. Dallas Single Dad was in the same room as this conversation since it was his daughter wondering why Baby B didn’t have a dad. I had to be strong and let such mature conversations happen among childhood understanding without my intervention. At some point these conversations will be had without my rescuing and she will have to learn how to have these discussions. As Dallas Single Dad’s own daughter kept pressing he quickly took his own daughter aside and said, “Not all little girls have their dads around but Baby B is special. She is so lucky that her mom is supermom and takes care of her all by herself. She gets her mom all to herself.”
Most single moms deplore being wished Happy Father’s Day on father’s day. I am no exception. I don’t need a card on Father’s day. I feel like as moms we have our day, leave father’s day for the dads. It’s what makes this father’s day so special because I spend it with a man that thinks I am supermom. He is a wonderful father and a male role model for Baby B and my other children who have the privilege to know their dads even if we don’t get along all the time. Baby B may not know Dallas Single Dad as Dad but she knows him as that guy who kisses her on her forehead, wishes her good night and hugs her sometimes when she cries. In a way her biological dad is missing out on all of this. I clearly remember my sister crying on the phone telling Baby B’s dad that if he only got to know her he would find out how special she is. He and his family did her a favor when they turned the other way and when he wrote that he could barely take care of himself let alone a child. Something this precious isn’t put into the care of just anybody – especially not with people who don’t care.
It’s also why I love Dallas Single Dad so much because he never shied away from a challenge or left it up to me to handle. He did the best thing he could so both girls could understand. He helped supermom fly a little that day and left a little super girl feeling a lot less blue about what she didn’t have and lot happier about what she did have in her life. It was a no brainer for me to gift these special items to such a special man.
Hallmark Father’s Day Prize Pack
Whoever you are celebrating this Father’s Day, Hallmark has your back. The Ken Sheldon collection and the playful Life is Good collection is part of this Father’s Day gift pack. When you enter this giveaway this is what you get:
- Life is Good Mug — No one deserves to kick back with a nice cup of joe more than dad. This mug is perfect for Father’s Day to show your appreciation for all his hard work. This is Dallas Single Dad’s favorite item.
- Life is Good® Loved, Plain and Simple Multi-opening Picture Frame, Holds 3 Photos – When you can’t choose just one… This frame has three slots for favorite photos that show the love, along with a simple, heartfelt sentiment.
- Love Shows the Way Decorative Tile – Stir up fond memories with this decorative ceramic tile’s image of a father and son walking hand-in-hand.
- Raised On Love 6×8 Framed Art – Add a sentimental touch to any décor with this framed print of a father teaching his baby to walk. Perfect for you or someone you love who knows the delicate balance of holding on and letting go. See below.
Our friends at @hallmark #loveHallmark delivered this beautiful framed home decor item perfect as a sentimental #fathersDay #gift. I will be posting a #giveaway on the blog so you can win this and a few other items in a Father’s Day Giveaway. Includes: Life is Good Mug — No one deserves to kick back with a nice cup of joe more than dad. This mug is perfect for Father’s Day to show your appreciation for all his hard work. Life is Good® Loved, Plain and Simple Multi-opening Picture Frame, Holds 3 Photos – When you can’t choose just one… This frame has three slots for favorite photos that show the love, along with a simple, heartfelt sentiment. Love Shows the Way Decorative Tile – Stir up fond memories with this decorative ceramic tile’s image of a father and son walking hand-in-hand. Raised On Love 6×8 Framed Art – Add a sentimental touch to any décor with this framed print of a father teaching his baby to walk. Perfect for you or someone you love who knows the delicate balance of holding on and letting go. #sp
If you win these or want to gift these items to a young dad or parent, here are words from some experienced fathers from select Watermark Retirement Communities coast to coast. They are also offering advice as their Father’s Day gift to young dads.
- Be There
“A boss of mine once said, ‘Success begins by showing up.’ It’s as true for you as a father as it is for you as an employee or an athletic team member. And it starts early,” said Ed Morrison, father of seven. He added, “Time spent with your child says ‘I love you. You are important to me. I care about who you are becoming.’” – Ed Morrison, Parkview in Frisco Resident
O’Keefe, who raised nine children, touched on broad themes when he told dads, “Remember to love them, read to them and just try your best to teach them the important things in life.” With a family as large as the O’Keefe’s, such a big picture approach seems prudent. – Jerome O’Keefe, The Fountains at Crystal Lake
What other advice do you have for young dads today?
For a limited time, enter to win a Hallmark Prize Pack for Father’s Day. Giveaway ends on July 12, 2016. Read the disclosure statement for full disclosures on giveaways.
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