My name is Chad and I am a single father. I have a little girl who is two old named Cydney. I am also the father figure to my six year old nephew, Courtney.
Here’s the short version: My fiancé and I started dating while attending Morehouse and Spelman College in Atlanta in 2006. We were best friends who saw each other through many adverse times in which many times may have been us against the world or us against each other.
Our daughter Cydney Moriah was born February 14, 2011. Nine days after she was born, my fiancé was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. After nine months of putting up a fight she passed away December 9, 2011 at 25 years old; one day after our five year anniversary.
As opposed to the normal just adjusting to life after a devastating loss, I endured months of custody hearings in the states of New York and Virginia, having to prove I was Cydney’s father, and not seeing my daughter for five months because my fiancé’s parents were trying to take custody from me.
Since April 3, 2012 my daughter has been back with me and honestly it’s been nothing more than wonderful. After months of deliberating and figuring things out I felt that I should share my experiences, adventures (and misadventures), and tips for other single fathers and parents in general out there. Parenting is not easy and it’s really not easy being a single parent.