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Dad's Day Can Have its Conflicts.......
Not everyone has someone they call Dad. Many kids have more than one person to call Dad.

Here are some thoughts and ideas on spending Father's Day with the different people you can call Dad.

You aren't alone! Many kids are in the same situation you are.


On June 15th many kids will be celebrating Father's Day with their Dad. Not all kids are fortunate enough to have their dad with them. Other kids face the conflict of having more then one person in their life they call dad.

Some kids have lost their dad tragically through death. Father's Day can be a very difficult time if you have.

Feelings of loss and the need to grieve for your father are very normal. There are some excellent resources online for kids to help you through this time.

Divorce can also separate a child from their father. It is very common for moms's to have custody of kids. Some kids will celebrate Father's Day with their mom. In some cases, mom is the one who fills the 'dad' role. Honoring your mom for her commitment as a 'dad' as well as a mom at Father's Day, is ok.

In other situations you may live with mom, but want to be with your dad for Father's Day, which can sometimes cause conflicts. It is understandable you might want to spend time with dad on this day. Most moms can understand why you'd want to see your dad on his day under normal circumstances.

Some kids might have two dads to share the holiday with. Your birth dad and your step-dad. It can be a tough choice to have to decide who to spend the day with if you have a good relationship with both 'dads'. Step-dads can understand why you might want to spend the day with your birth dad while still acknowledging that they are important to you as well.

Kids who are adopted may have two dads to celebrate the day with. Some kids of adoption celebrate the day with their adopted dad, the only dad they have ever known, some might know their birth dad and want to celebrate with him. There are excellent online resources for kids of adoption that offer ideas, advice and information unique to you and your situation.

Some kids have Foster Dads who deserve recognition at this time of year. As well, Grandfather's often fulfill the role of 'dad'.

Other people who have become 'dad like' to you might include Big Brothers, the volunteer organization that provides mentoring for children. You may have a male mentor from another organization that you look up to like a 'dad'. Some teachers can fill the role of a dad to kids.

Whatever your circumstance, don't be afraid to tell the person who you feel fills a 'dad like' role in your life, how much they mean to you on this special day.


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