Term Project Progess

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For my term project for EL236, I decided to do an informative website. My idea is to create a website specifically designed for single fathers raising daughters. I hope to include other information for other single parents, whether a mother or a father, on tips on how to raise a child. Some of the information provided would be from my own personal experience which would be more beneficial than a psychologist's opinion on a situation they probably never experienced.

There are approximately 13.6 million single parents in the United States today, and those parents are responsible for raising 21.2 million children. Single parents face many challenges when raising a child alone. For a single dad, raising a daughter can feel like competing in a never-ending marathon with fifty-pound weights on your legs.

As a woman who grew up only with her father from the age of 2 till I went off to college, I looked towards my father for advice as both a father and a mother. Experiencing a father raising a daughter first hand, I was able to see how hard it was for him to play both the father and mother role. Having your parents divorced is already very difficult to handle, but having only one parent, especially a father, is an obstacle for both the parent and the daughter.

My website will include information on how to:

  • Open lines of communication.
  • Don't overprotect.
  • Teach indenpendency.
  • Don't do it alone.
  • Being involved.
  • And being up front and honest with awkward situations.

If you have any other suggestions or ideas that you think I should include in my site, please feel free to comment.

I also have a question for you:
Do you think it would be a good idea to include a page about my personal life living with a single father? I don't want the site to be based on me.

My progress so far is that I have being working on my homepage and additional pages with the stylesheet and such.


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Alex Hull said:

I like your idea because it's of use. It's not something you're doing for this class for the heck of it. Great idea.
I do think it is a good idea to include a page about yourself. It would make the website more relatable. Of course the entire site should not be based on you, so a short page would suffice.

Good luck! It sounds like it will be a great website.

David Wilbanks said:

I agree with Alex that you should definately include a place about yourself. If you're trying to get the focus away from yourself, you could include other stories by either single parents or people raised by single parents. With several of them in a section, it would benifit the website, yet help to pull the focus away from you.

I love the idea - and I really like that it will be a useful website, not just a grade. I think that you should put your own story in there too because if a father is coming to this site then he'll be able to see a "success story" so he knows that, 'yes, this actually can work out,' so I think it'd give him some confidence and a relatable source.

But like Dave said, if you wanted you could add more stories from other people if you want to take the focus off of you a bit.

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