1.7M Single Dads Coping at Holiday Time: 'I Can Only Do so Much'

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Single Fathers Can Inspire Their Kids

Casey's youngest, Chance, is often embarrassed when Casey stands in his bathrobe at the doorstep to stay goodbye when his son boards the school bus. But often, the 6-foot 2-inch teen will still implore before bedtime: "Daddy, are you going to tuck me in?"

"A single dad has a great opportunity not to sit around and complain and say, 'Poor me,'" said Casey. "He has a great opportunity Men step up and find a way to win. Men are creative. We inspire and equip our kids."

Reynard said his children are doing well under his watch. Both are good students and play soccer and dance. "They are great kids," he said.

His one worry is that his oldest daughter is now approaching puberty, and will need a woman to talk to.

"That part is kind of hard for me," he said. "I'll have my mom talk to her and she has her own mother. We have been providing her books to look through and the school is helpful, too."

Reynard said he is more than "lucky" to have responsibility for his daughters. "I call it blessed," he said.

"I don't want my kids to grow up and say, 'My dad wasn't around in my life.' Fathering is huge to me. They need their dad and if not, later on they'll pay for it."

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