Story Topic: Single dads

Building Family Adventures by Cris Thompson

Posted 3 April 2018

There are 3 of us; in ascending order, E is 8 and lives in an amazing world of his imagination.  L is 11 and is a Minecraft Redstone Master, Cris (me) is a computer programmer....Enter ‘Ethan The Explorer’ I remembered the stories I used to make up for the kids about ‘Ethan The Explorer’ and his cousin ‘Clever Chloe the Scientist’ – Chloe invented a time machine, so there were...

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Challenging perceptions of single dads

Posted 4 October 2017

Steve is 56 and a single dad to his two children, aged four and seven. He lives in South Wales and is self-employed. He describes the difficulties of picking his family back up after his...

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Lost my partner and gained a daughter

Posted 4 October 2017

Steve lives in Birmingham with his (almost) five year old daughter Sam. His partner passed away shortly before their daughter was born by caesarean section. Since then he has raised Sam alone. Steve runs a...

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Raising 7 kids alone

Posted 4 October 2017

Rob lives in London with his seven children aged three to 15. He’s been a single dad for almost two years after separating from his wife. He works full-time as a swimming teacher in a...

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Life as a single dad – Garry’s story

Posted 4 October 2017

Writer Garry Johnson discusses his experiences of separation and being a single dad to his sons, Sam and Adam. I live in Basildon in Essex with my two sons in their twenties who both work. It’s...

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Writer Garry shares his story of being a single dad

Continuing life after Jo

Posted 4 October 2017

Chris Davies used to be a communications officer for his local county council in Dorset, but that all changed when he saw a job advertised for a web manager at the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust –...

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A single parent’s view of the cuts

Posted 2 October 2017

Cuts to benefits and tax credits. Changes to the rules on what kinds support are available to help single parents. Charges to access the future statutory child maintenance system. It’s not been an easy ride...

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