Utah Single Mom Dresses Up As A Man To Attend ‘Dads And Doughnuts’ Day At Her Son’s School

We all have innocently joked about it; when one partner is away on a company trip, we state we’re going to be single-parenting for the time being. The reality of being the only supplier is something two-parent couples will never fully understand. Everything from making breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, to driving the kids to school, extra-curricular activities, and parties, to doing the homework together, reading to them at night, all while holding down a job, is merely a part of life.

The United States Census Bureau reveals that 80.6 percent of single parents are mothers. Today, approximately 17.4 million kids under the age of 18, are being raised without a father. Still, schools across the country hold “father and son/daughter” days where treats are served for the dads and children to relish. While it is a terrific idea, in theory, you can find millions of girls and boys who cannot partake in this activity.

Whitney Kittrell is a single parent for the last 3 years, raising two kids.


Her first and foremost aim continues to be to ensure her kids know they can be loved.

Her assurance means she’s taken trips with just the three of these, taught her son the way to play catch, and nearly anything to create “countless memories.”

Kittrell was stumped when her son Lucas came home from kindergarten using an invitation.

Arrowhead Elementary School in Santa Clara, Utah, was hosting a “Dads and Doughnuts Day” event. Kittrell said she felt her heart sink.

However, she came up having a solution that was smart.

She sat down with her son and offered to have his grandfather take him to the action. To Kittrell’s surprise, he turned down her offer.


Lucas didn’t need his grandpa to attend the “Dads and Doughnuts Day,” he needed his mom there.

His explanation was shrewder and simple beyond his years. “I need you to go. You’re my mother and father,” Lucas told her.


To get in the father spirit, Kittrell donned a T-shirt, baseball cap, and penciled in facial hair.

“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,'” Kittrell shared on her Facebook post.


Despite her love and sacrifice for her children, Kittrell still questions herself, wondering if she’s triumphing.

“When I went to leave he ran after me and hugged me tight around my neck and whispered ‘mother… I realize that you simply will continually be there and do anything for me. Many thanks. I really like you,’ kissed my cheek and ran off,” she said.


Kittrell discussed her experience on Facebook and Instagram where she likes and received thousands of opinions.

“You are for sure doing it right! Those words he said to sum up how wonderful you are doing. Way to step out as well as make him feel special!” one user wrote.

The opinions and positive answer have touched Kittrell.

“It’s been very overwhelming seeing the response,” Kittrell told ABC News.


She said it is not merely single parents commending kids but also her.

“I’ve had kids that were raised by single parents reach out and thank me to let me know that (we) are not alone,” she revealed.


“I am only an ordinary mom. I’m doing what anybody else will do, but as just one parent a lot of times you feel alone and isolated, however there are several other people that are going through the same thing,” Kittrell shared.

The institution also held the “Moms and Muffins Day,” but the single mom couldn’t attend the occasion as she’s studying to become a respiratory therapist.

Kittrell understands she just isn’t the only mother raising her kids these dad days and attending.

“I’ve heard of other moms going and not necessarily wearing a beard but dressing up like a guy and going so I said, ‘That’d be funny why not?'”


Kittrell said when she showed up dressed like a dad, no one batted an eyelash at the school.

“I didn’t do it for the attention of dressing up like that. I knew it’d get him laugh,” she described. “I knew it was something he’d think is amusing. He helped me pick the paint out for the beard and it was extremely interesting.”

When she dressed up she understood her son would laugh about it, she says.

“I came out of the bathroom and he just started dying laughing, saying, ‘You look like a daddy!'” she remembers.


When she dressed up she understood her son would laugh about it, she says.
Kittrell reflects on parenthood and how “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.”

She advises that children are “going to love you no matter what.”