The Single Dad's Survival Guide

How to Succeed as a One-Man Parenting Team

By Michael A. Klumpp
(WaterBrook Press, Paperback, 9781578566709, 192pp.)

Publication Date: October 21, 2003

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You May Be Single, But You’re Not Alone.

Being a great dad is challenging enough when you’re part of a two-person team. But now you’re raising your kids single-handedly. How can you provide the emotional, physical, and spiritual support your children need, cover all the details of running a household, and still earn a living to support your family? Being a solo dad could easily be the toughest job of your life.

The good news is you’re not alone. Inside this book you’ll find the support, advice, and encouragement you need to succeed. Here are practical solutions for everything you’re facing–from conflicting emotions to day-to-day time management. You’ll find useful pointers on a daughter’s unique needs, a son’s inner struggles, and even how to recruit trusted friends to pitch in. With plenty of humor and real-world insight, The Single Dad’s Survival Guide will show you how to expand on your natural, built-in abilities so you can come out on top as a parenting team of one.

• Find logistical help on everyday challenges, including finances, family schedules, household management, and staying on top of your work.

• Take advantage of practical guidance on everything
from supporting and nurturing your kids to protecting your own emotional health.

• Learn how to get past anger, hurt, and fatigue to stand strong as the man
your children need most–a man who provides security,
stability, and spiritual guidance during one of the toughest times in their life.

It’s all here to help you succeed as a solo dad. Single parenting takes everything you’ve got–so learn how to give it your all.




About the Author

Mike Klumpp is a writer, martial arts instructor, and former pastor who became a single dad when his four children were between five and fifteen years of age. Mike is now remarried and living in Texas.




Praise For The Single Dad's Survival Guide

“This is the most informative and genuinely helpful guide for single fathers that I’ve read in my twenty-seven years of divorce recovery work. Mike Klumpp covers all the bases. His honest presentation will help any single dad navigate the wilderness of single parenting.”
–Jim Smoke, speaker, author of the best-seller Growing Through Divorce

The Single Dad’s Survival Guide is filled with flashes of brilliant practical insight born of learning the hard way. I’ll be recommending this book to the thousands of single fathers that I share with yearly.”
–Gary Richmond, pastor to single parents, First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, California, author of Successful Single Parenting

“My most frustrating cases in counseling are single fathers who suddenly have custody of their children. The Single Dad’s Survival Guide is a valuable tool to minister to this unique group of men. After reviewing this book I immediately sent it to a new single father of two children.”
–Dr. Jim A. Talley, www.drtalley.com, counselor, author of Reconcilable Differences and Too Close Too Soon

“For a single dad, it doesn’t have to be pretty–it just has to work. Mike Klumpp plunges in and stirs things up, offering honest, straightforward help. Bottom line: Read this book.”
–Bill Butterworth, speaker, author of When Life Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Planned and co-author of The Promise of the Second Wind

“Mike Klumpp challenges fathers with humor, support, and insight into the thankless job of single parenting. His humbling honesty provides the friendly groundwork for practical suggestions and clarifying questions. From Romans 8:37 to recipes, rebellious teens to respectful transitions, Mike claims his faith and fatherhood–inviting others to join him.”
–Tina Moody, MDiv, MA, LPC, theologian, and psychotherapist

“Single dads don’t experience Leave It to Beaver, they live in Apocalypse Now. Mike Klumpp is determined to honestly pass along his hard-won insights and skills to all fathers who really want to get better at fatherhood. I wish this book had been around when my kids were young.”
–Bob Bennett, songwriter and recording artist whose Songs from Bright Avenue album deals with divorce recovery  

“From the first page of The Single Dad’s Survival Guide, you enter the no-fluff zone of practical tools that will not only get you through today, but will provide a guide for many days to come. Feeling lonely, angry, in need of a twenty-seven-hour day? Mike Klumpp will help.”
–Reg Grant, professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, author of Storm, the Surprising Story of Martin Luther

“This is a warm and helpful resource for confused hearts. Alternately funny and heartbreaking, The Single Dad's Survival Guide is practical encouragement served up with a kick!”
–Len Woods, pastor, author of Praying God’s Promises in Tough Times

“Rooted in Mike’s pain and perseverance, this book is as straightforward and practical a guide as you’ll find on effective fatherhood. While the book targets single dads, I found it to be inspiring and instructive on fatherhood in general. It gave me renewed vision for being a ‘real man’ for my wife and children.”
–Mo Leverett, recording artist, founder and director of Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans

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