How To Be a Better Dad: Co-parenting during COVID-19
How To Be a Better Dad is the Fatherhood and co-parenting section on SingleDad. Share and exchange great fatherhood advice from our members who are in all stages of fatherhood This month, learn about how to find effective ways to coparent during quarantine.
Dear Singledad, My name is Dave, I am a 42 year old police officer and I am currently working during the Coronavirus pandemic. My ex wife feels like I am putting our kids at risk by where I work. I completely understand where she is coming from. How long should I wait before I see my kids? I don’t want to risk getting them sick even if I feel fine.
Thinking about your kids health is a great thing! Not being able to see your kids because of a pandemic is very hard. It takes true strength to be able to but aside what you want for your kids wellbeing. We are in a middle of a huge pandemic where dine in restaurants are only for take out. Social distancing is a must, also no one wants to hug people anymore. It will take kids awhile to understand what’s happening. They are wondering why their dad isn’t seeing them. Theres multiple things you can do to make each day easier!
Writing cards/letters are a huge thing you can do you allow your kids to feel not alone. They will be able to keep these letters for ever and maybe even show their kids one day explaining to them that they lived though a pandemic.
Talking to your ex wife to see when she’s most comfortable allowing you to see the kids again. At the end of the day its all about communication. Communicate with your job also explaining your situation where you aren’t allowed to see your kids. It could be possible where they can assign you to low risk jobs so you aren’t at risk as much. You will never know until you try.
Therefore, at the end of the day you are all doing this for the health of your kids and family. Taking the proper precautions could save your kids from getting seriously ill. If you explain to your kids what’s going on and that you are working on seeing them soon, that’s all that matters. Kids just like knowing they will be seeing you eventually. Thank your ex wife for taking the proper precautions. All that matters are if the kids are safe.
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