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June 16, 2013

Life as a single dad is challenging, rewarding

Jon Provost enjoys balancing challenges of work, home life

PLATTSBURGH — Flexibility, patience and organization are important attributes for a single-parent family to have.

“It’s busy. We’re always on the go,” said Jon Provost, a single father of two children.

His son, Sam, is 15 and his daughter, Catherine, is 12.

The Chazy family spends weeknights on homework and sports activities like basketball or soccer games. They are typically on the go during weekends, too, Provost said.

“Time is definitely the biggest challenge. Not just time being with my kids but doing the laundry, having to mow the lawn and then come in and make dinner and do the dishes,” Provost said.

Organization is his key to time management. Provost said he and his children work as a team to accomplish chores.

“My kids are really good about chipping in, helping out, taking care of things,” Provost said.

He said Sam and Catherine help to cook dinner and finish yard work.

Provost looks forward to the special moments when he and his children connect, like making dinner together or going on vacation.

“Remember to find the fun and the good in it too,” Provost said of being a single parent.

“I still have to nag them about things every once and awhile, but that’s all normal teenage stuff I would expect,” Provost said.

He works together with the children’s mother, Jennifer Christiansen, of Chazy. They both strive to make sure their children are doing well.

“We know that we have the most important job together,” Provost said. “Their mom is a single mom doing the same thing that I’m doing.”

Provost said he and Christiansen support each other as much as possible.

“I can’t be in both places at once. My kids are understanding about that,” Provost said. “If I can’t be in one place, then their mother can be there.”

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