Being a divorced parent means being a single parent. One of the most fundamental reasons for the breakdown of a marriage is loss of empathy for a spouse. It can therefore come as quite a shock to newly single dads as to just how difficult it can be to raise kids on your own. Not every guy can slip effortlessly into his new-found responsibilities. Even worse -- we're scared to ask for help (probably for the same reason we refuse to ask for directions when we're driving despite being hopelessly lost). In no particular order, here are some general tips around the whole experience that I've found useful. As always, when it comes to being a parent there are no rules except for giving love and following your instincts as every relationship, every kid, and every parent are unique.