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Lacy Williams | Thoughts on Single Dads

May 29, 2012

Lacy WilliamsTHE HOMESTEADER'S SWEETHEARTI don’t know about you, but I love a good book with a single dad for the hero. What is it about single dads that we love so much? I’ve got a couple of theories I’d like to share.

The clueless dad—this dad is often new to parenthood and has no idea what he’s doing. We think he’s cute because he means well but will try to feed a toddler baby formula, or can’t figure out how to handle his teenage daughter. True inspiration from my husband: when my daughter was an infant, he tried to put the jumper on the inside of her shirt.

The good dad—this dad is pretty close to perfect. He monitors homework, cooks, even makes sure his kids have a family dog. We adore him because what’s not to like about a dad who puts his kid’s needs over his? One of my favorite memories of my dad (not a single dad) was when I was about 10. I was sick and my mom was gone and he could’ve left me indoors to watch tv, but instead, he stayed with me and played board games and THEN he stayed up into the middle of the night working on a job that he had to have done by the next day. He put my needs ahead of his.

The adoptive dad—this dad has taken on kids who aren’t his own. Maybe they’re related (niece or nephew) or maybe he’s just decided to make them a part of his family. We love this dad for his compassionate heart and the love he is willing to share with the children who need him.

I hope that the hero of my book THE HOMESTEADER’S SWEETHEART embodies all three of these types of dad. He’s an adoptive dad, attempts to be a good dad, but sometimes is a little clueless about what his only daughter needs (the rest of the kids are boys).

I’d love to know what is your favorite book featuring a single dad. One commenter will win THE HOMESTEADER’S SWEETHEART

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