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Easy or not, the majority of those four years, I was battling some fairly serious depression and anxiety due primarily to the minimal time I was able to spend with my daughter and the ongoing conflict with her mother.
Because of this, finding a potential partner to have a serious relationship with was not a priority for me until about the time I began dating my last girlfriend.
It’s almost as if people assume that if we have a penis, we are incapable of caring for a child for more than a couple hours without some kind of assistance or intervention from their mother.
We might act like it doesn’t bother us, but it does.
◊♦◊ It seems that in almost any previous failed relationship, our trustworthiness has been brought into question by our partner.At that point, after more than our share of failed relationships, we both genuinely thought we had found “the one.” ◊♦◊ The day I was granted equal custody of my daughter fell smack-dab right in the middle of our relationship, and looking back, it was a defining moment for us—the day I can pinpoint as the beginning of the end.When I only had my daughter four days out of the month, it was easy to just plan our dates and adventures around those days.These days, mothers are almost always viewed by the courts and the general public as the most capable and nurturing parent.When we as dads take our children out in public, it is not uncommon to be asked where their mom is, or hear comments about us pulling “mommy duty” for the day.