173 – Larry Agresto: Founder of “Single Dads With Heart”

AgrestoOn May 20, 1995, Larry Agresto became a single father literally overnight. His wife Jody, mother of his two daughters Lauren age 11 and Julia age seven, was rushed to the hospital on Thursday night and pronounced dead on Saturday morning. She had not been ill, so this turn of events was both a shock and tragedy for Larry and his daughters.

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Although he wasn’t aware of this at the time, Jody was and her last spoken words to him were “take good care of my girls.”  Larry made a promise and as a result, he committed himself to being the best single father he could be and he made raising his girls a priority in his life.  From 1987 to 2002, he has also coached over three hundred (300) student athletes in town and travel league basketball and softball.

He attempted to start Single Dads with Heart about a year after Jody died but between his role as a single father and his career in corporate America, he had to abandon his dream and project until now.

His two daughters are thriving young women today and went on to attend college, Lauren at the University of Connecticut, where she received a BS in Biology and Julia at the University of New Hampshire, where she received a BA in Journalism and English.

Single Dads with Heart was developed to provide support, guidance and inspiration for single fathers. Through Single Dads with Heart, Larry is committed to making a difference in the world, one child at a time.

Single Dads with Heart takes you on a heartfelt journey and learning experience about how Larry made a difference in the lives of his two daughters, so that you as a single father can learn how to develop similar results with your children.

Larry and his daughters Lauren (Left) and Julia (Right) in 2007, celebrating Larry’s 55th birthday.

Single Dads with Heart is not about single dads managing their career or getting back out into the world of dating. It’s about thebook-lrg day-to-day emotional challenges that a single father experiences in raising his children.

Single Dads with Heart walks you through the key emotional and behavioral attributes that a single father needs to focus on and learn to master allowing him to guide his children to “be the best.”

Each chapter discusses uses personal experience, examples and exercises to demonstrate how we as single fathers can learn to become not only loving single parents but the mentors and role models we need to be for our children.


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