Sorry this took so long to put up. It was with the lawyers in case there was anything contentious in the post.
Divorced Dad has the kids a couple of nights a week unless he’s working abroad or working a broad (as his ex calls the girlfriend). He books into a B&B not far away from what was the family home, before the split, or his parents if he can face them. That’s the better option though, as at least his mum feeds him and there’s an extra room for the children. Taking them to school is hard work as it means leaving at the crack of dawn in order to get to work on time. His daughter goes to bed far too late as she wants to make up for not seeing him all week, and his son makes him feel guilty then raids his wallet. In fact the mornings are a nightmare. He did try really hard to get less custody but the bitch wasn’t having it. The Relate counsellor said they should both try and communicate for the children’s sake. Good advice – the only thing that makes it all worthwhile is writing to his ex in the kids’ school diaries.
This post is not based on any persons living or dead. But if you or anyone you know is divorced, I understand things can get heated sometimes and it’s a little bit harder to feel the love. But don’t give up – even Nigella and Charles are bound to be good mates again in the end. Don’t you think?
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I’m sorry, but I really don’t find this funny at all. Dads get portrayed like this all the time and it really isn’t helpful. There are millions of dads who are caring and hands on – whether they’re married, divorced or whatever – and showing us as barely capable of looking after our own kids, particularly against the backdrop of such a highly emotive topic isn’t going to help change outdated attitudes towards fathers which sadly seem to be alive and well.
Dear Tom, Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. I completely understand what you are saying, and of course you are right about the millions of brilliant dads, obviously like yourself, who love and cherish their children and would do anything for them. As you see, this post is in the context of a parenting blog which looks at different approaches to bringing up children. The characters I’ve created, both the Mums and the Dads are archetypes, and although I do know people like the one in this post, the majority aren’t necessarily about any one person – in fact if anything, they are all aspects of myself, for better or worse. Have a look through the previous posts and you will see most of the cartoons are satires on the Mums who let’s face it, also get a hard time! By the way, I’m all for changing outdated attitudes by open and honest discussion, and will try and redress the balance in the future. At my son’s school, the single fathers are admired and accepted as much as the mothers. Jo
I admire your optimism on the Nigella and the ex case 😉 I am now going to see what mum I am by clicking on the heads. I am going to guess runny mummy.
How wrong was I! Serial mum all the way.
I’m toes up with exhaustion just thinking about it.