Being a Dad isn’t easy

Being a Dad isn’t easy on the good days.  Trying to navigate this world on the bad ones is often treacherous.  When you add things like Autism, being a single parent and depression into the mix……..  Let’s just say that’s like jacking up your favorite video game to the legendary difficulty level.

I never imagined being a single Dad, at least for the reasons I am now but as a Dad who loves his kids, I have to adapt and move forward.

Making mistakes is inevitable and all I can do is hope that they tend to be minor in nature.

Thinking back on today, I feel like I was a pretty good Dad.  Perfect?  Not by a mile!

There were situations that I found myself in and I had to make the best decisions I could, based on my experience and what I feel is the right thing to do.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t always translate well into a blog post.

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Considering all the things that popped up in the last 24 hours, I think I prioritized well-ish and got us through, relatively unscathed.

Being a Dad, especially a single Dad and without the benefit of a functioning crystal ball, all I can do is what I feel in the moment is right. Often times, I’m presented with a really shitty situation and I have to settle for the best of the bad options.

Life is messy and imperfect.  When I look back on my life and I will, I want to know that I did the best I could, even if I sometimes overreact or overcompensate.  It’s done out of love and concern and I won’t apologize for that.

I don’t think that most single parents planned on being a single parent but life is full of little surprises.  At the end of the day, no matter how many mistakes I made, I was present.  I was there for my kids and made those mistakes trying to do right by them.

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