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Single Dad For 5 Days

My Single Dad Experience Documented With Pictures
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Day 1 – I’m Excited

Today I woke up quite excited about the idea of becoming a single dad, only because I know that the experience will only last five days.

I love my kids, they are little devils and drive me crazy almost every day, but I love them more than anything in the world. 

Nicholas is five years old and is very smart. He can read and write, which I think is incredible. Back in Portugal, most of the kids only start school when they’re six years old. 

Marcus is only three years old, but he learns all naughty things from his brother. He’s cute but also a troublemaker and very different than Nicholas. Marcus is very brave while Nicholas is very shy and attached to his mum and me.

Nicholas in Marcus While on Holiday in Poland in August 2018
Nicholas and Marcus While on Holiday in Poland in August 2018

In the meantime, I’m buying The New Dad’s Survival Guide with my Amazon Prime (this link includes 30 days free trial), so I can read it tomorrow.

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In the afternoon the boys were surprisingly good. They made a mess in the bedroom, but they cleaned it up.

Aleluia.

I helped Nicholas with his homework and played with the boys. Played like I haven’t in a long time. It was great. In the evening I spent probably a good half hour reading with Nicholas and then gave cuddles to Marcus until he fell asleep. 

I don’t want Anna to be sad, but I think that they didn’t miss her much today and also, I now know that I would be a great single dad.

Anyway, it’s best not to celebrate before the party because tomorrow is another day and many things can go wrong.

Day 2 – I’m Tired

I went to bed last night at 11 pm, but I couldn’t fall asleep. Maybe I couldn’t fall asleep because Anna wasn’t there or perhaps because, due to work, I don’t have a decent sleep routine. Sometimes I go to sleep at 10 pm, sometimes at 5 am, so I always find it hard to fall asleep, even when I feel exhausted.

Anyway, this morning I woke up at 6:30 am feeling tired. I want to go back to bed and sleep all day. However, I want to spend some time studying today and the best time to do it is while the children are at school. Yes, because studying with the kids running around me and calling for attention every 5 seconds is almost a mission impossible.


Marcus still not bothered that his mum isn’t here and I’m not surprised because Marcus is always in the moon and usually he doesn’t complain about anything. Nicholas, on the other hand, first thing in the morning said that he misses mummy. I told him that she’s back in just 3 days and he was happy with that.

I took the kids to school, had a McDonald’s breakfast and went home totally determined to go study. 

It didn’t happen. 

I watched TV for an hour and then spent most of the time adjusting my blog theme. After taking the kids from school, I realised that I had to cook for them, bath them, do the laundry, water the plants, give fresh water to Yoco and clean up the kitchen. 

Errr… 

It wasn’t fun, but I did it all. In the end, I had a good time with the boys. We read a book together and then they went to bed. 

Day 3 – I’m Determined

Today I woke up thinking that is enough of procrastination. Today is the day that I’ll be the most productive. I’ll finally study and do the laundry. I’ll also go shopping and do a vegetable soup for my sons.

We started the day with a picture. 

=)

Single Dad

All good but the weather is really ugly today. 

Meanwhile, Anna decided to show me how’s the weather in Poland.

Niwiska, Poland
Niwiska, Poland 
Niwiska, Poland
Niwiska, Poland

I wish I could be there with her.

Instead, I’m studying at the White Hart Hotel and treating myself with breakfast.

After that, I went home, cleaned the house, picked up the boys from school and spent the rest of the day with them.

Oh, one more thing, I didn’t do the soup. Instead, we went to McDonald’s.

Day 4 – I’m Lazy

Last night I went to bed too late – by late I mean after 2 in the morning. It was a terrible mistake because now I feel like I have an hangover, even if I didn’t drink.

The boys woke up at 7 a.m. and didn’t stop calling me until I get up. I crawled out of bed and made breakfast just before 9 a.m. only because they said they were hungry.

Don’t judge me.

Later in the morning, me and Nicholas practiced maths. 

Single Dad Helps Son With Maths

If you have a 5 year old child I recommend the following book:

[amazon box=”0192765604″ title=”Progress with Oxford: Addition and Subtraction” description=”This workbook will help your child to progress with maths while having fun so they will quickly learn to add and subtract numbers and how to count on and back to find the answers.”]

In the afternoon I took the boys to mum’s house so that I can go for a nice dinner with friends.

David and Nelson are two very special friends to me because I know them since the beginning of my journey in the UK. I met them 7 years ago, here in Boston.

Day 5 – Hangover 

I drank too much last night. It was great, but now I’m having a not so good morning.

Also, I spent over £50, which I shouldn’t, but if we want to have a good time we need to spend money, right? 

I picked up the kids in the afternoon, just before Anna come back from Poland.

We missed her. I missed her.

Now that she’s here, my single dad experience it’s finished.

Overall, it was a very positive and enjoyable experience for me. It has allowed me to become closer to my sons.

I truly love them. This period showed me how important family is. 


How about you? How important is family to you? Let me know in the comments below.

I was born in Portugal, but now I live in the UK. I'm a father of two boys, a business student and I suffer from Alopecia Areata. I express myself through blogging, and I love it.

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