When Whitney Kittrell’s 5-year-old son, Lucas, came home from school with a paper saying they were having a “Dads and Doughnuts” day last week, the single mom got creative.
“I sat him down and said ‘you’re going to have a day at school, you’re supposed to go have breakfast with your dad … if you want to take your [grandfather] you can.’ He said, ‘I want to take you, you’re my dad, too,’” Kittrell told InsideEdition.com.
While Kittrell could have just shown up to school dressed and looking as she normally does, she went above and beyond to make sure her son enjoyed the day as much as possible.
Since the Kittrell and Lucas have a goofy relationship, she dressed up like a “dad” to attend the special day and even donned a goatee. Kittrell explains she didn’t think twice about painting on facial hair and tucking her hair in a baseball cap since she knew it would make her son happy.
“I just dressed up because I know my son, and we have a goofy relationship with each other … knew it would make him laugh,” she recalled. “I came out of the bathroom and he just started dying laughing, saying, ‘You look like a daddy!’”
When Kittrell arrived at the breakfast, the little boy proudly introduced his “dad” to his kindergarten class. She wrote in a Facebook post, ““I was so embarrassed but I couldn’t help but smile when he introduced me to his little friends saying ‘this is my mom… she’s my dad too so I brought her!’”
“I’ve tried my best to let them know they are loved but I wonder a lot if I’m actually succeeding at it,” Kittrell wrote of her son and her 3-year-old daughter Malia. “When I went to leave he ran after me and hugged me tight around my neck and whispered ‘mom… I know that you’ll always be there and do anything for me. Thank you. I love you’ kissed my cheek and ran off. I hope he remembers this day cause I’ll never forget it or his sweet words.”
So far the social media past has been shared more than 100,000 times.
Numerous parents even reached out to Kittrell thanking her for the post. “That gratitude … it blows my mind,” she told InsideEdition.com. “So many people … get stuck on what the world thinks you should do, and you really feel like you’re letting your kids down—and in all reality, you just have to do your best.”
“I think as parents in general, we need to stop being so hard on ourselves– do your best and that’s all you can ask,” she continued, saying your children are “going to love you no matter what,” she continued.
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