Single mothers and male role models

Pattie Mallette, New York Times Best Selling Author, shares advice for single mothers on the importance of having a responsible male role model for their kids
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Single mothers and male role models

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My own father abandoned me when I was two; I met him once when I was nine, and then he passed away. I remember what a hole that left in me and how important it is to have a father in your life. When my son was born, and it didn't work out between me and his father, I remember...I saw so many of my friends, or other people that I knew, using their children as a pawn and not being able to get along with the father of their child. I really wanted to make it a point to not let my own bitterness and my own anger and my own resentment...I didn't want to take that out on my son. We really worked hard to be friends. Because I'm a single mom and it's a boy--for me, I really wanted him to have a lot of other male role models. I signed him up for Big Brothers. I had so many friends that would come over...guy friends that would come over and take him out skiing and snowboarding and just spending time with him--I thought that was really important.

Pattie Mallette, New York Times Best Selling Author, shares advice for single mothers on the importance of having a responsible male role model for their kids

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Pattie Mallette

New York Times Best Selling Author, Award Winning Film Producer, & Inspirational Speaker

Pattie Mallette grew up in Stratford, Ontario overcoming unimaginable obstacles in the face of abuse, poverty and an unexpected teen pregnancy. She now uses her voice to inspire others as a bestselling author, producer and influential speaker. In 2012, Pattie published her memoir, Nowhere But Up (Revell), which became a New York Times bestseller within the first week of its release. As an executive producer she worked on “Crescendo,” a short film that received 11 international film festival honors prior to its premier in February 2013. Proceeds of “Crescendo” are being used to support crisis pregnancy centers worldwide, a passion of Pattie’s that grew from her own experience. As a single parent at 18, Pattie was personally assisted by a center, which despite her difficult circumstances enabled her to be the best mother possible to her son, Justin. Continuing her desire to help others give voice to their own stories, Pattie became an executive producer of “Day One,” starring Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls). Set to release in winter 2013, the feature film is inspired by the true story behind the global movement To Write Love on Her Arms.

Pattie recently launched her foundation called Round 2, which seeks to offer a second chance to those who have been knocked down by providing assistance and resources to those in distress. Across all platforms, her authenticity and candidness are magnetic to adolescents and adults alike as she fearlessly brings to light her own wounds and addresses sensitive issues with wisdom and insight.

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