Roses – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

The rose I bought for my partner just before she left us has sprung into life. Wish she was here to see it. I finally shamed myself into sorting out the garden jungle. Maybe not immaculate but certainly almost passable. Suddenly we have flowers and roses. I had forgotten how many roses we bought before the world changed. I remember the day we finally got our son’s medical diagnosis signed off. It was a bit of a journey to the…

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It’s a fight – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

Life is a permanent fight for survival. That applies to plants. It applies to humans. It applies to me. It probably applies to you. For me it’s a fight on many fronts Depression Grief Isolation School Government Health Providers Finances Stereotyping Body Tiredness Workload With myself It’s never ending. As much as you try you can never apparently win. Often your best hope is to just keep in the game. Survive another day. But the key is to try and…

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It’s meal time again. – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

“Dad you have just made that up. I’m not having your favourite desert as a kid was called a Knickerbocker Glory” It was. It was the ultimate childhood treat. I sometimes feel as old as Captain America – in a time before Windows 1.0, in a time before Rubiks really annoying Cube, probably even before VHS Recorders. The Knickerbocker became a bit of favourite for me. It’s was layered ice cream and fruit sundae heaven. And where did they get…

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Dilemmas – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

The world is full of dilemmas and seemingly perplexing questions. Sleep on your back or front Tea or Coffee Is Trump a criminal or political hero To help the injured bird or leave it for the hungry predator Football or Soccer Is Brexit a good thing or stupid Sunsets or Sunrises Tomato Ketchup or Mayonnaise on Fries Captain America or Ironman Toblerone – best chocolate ever or a chocolate designed to do damage to the top of your mouth on…

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SingleMomtism: Tomorrow is World Autism Awareness Day – Single Mum, Parents Article

Tomorrow is World Autism Awareness Day, and at this stage in the game, I’m going to bet you’re probably aware of it by now. What I wish we’d move to is World Autism Inclusion Day, where we all make an effort to reach out, to communicate, to see things from a different perspective and to encourage compassion and kindness instead of fearmongering and irritation. So yes, by now you’ve seen the multicolored puzzle ribbons and hearts, the blue tee shirts…

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Can A Video Game Teach Empathy? Science Says Yes! – Single Mum, Parents Article

Results of a study From the University of Wisconsin reveal for the first time that in as few as two weeks, kids who played a video game designed to train empathy showed greater connectivity in brain networks related to empathy and change in perspective. Led by Tammi Kral, a UW–Madison graduate student in psychology at the Center for Healthy Minds, developed the video game Crystals of Kador. The game featues scenarios with aliens who have detailed human-like features that express anger, fear,…

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How to Rise Above Disappointment – Parents Article

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 118:1) These are the first words I read in my devotional book this morning as I sit on the beach, alone, disappointment hanging over me like a big, black cloud. I watch the waves ebb and flow, leaving rainbow-flecked foam in their wake. I want to give thanks to the Lord, but disappointment makes thanksgiving almost impossible. The constant motion of the waves mesmerizes me. Like God’s love, they…

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5 Ways to Get It All Done – Parents Article

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him,    for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8 I wake up every Monday morning a little anxious. Ok if we are being real here, I wake up Monday mornings more than a little anxious.  Mondays for me can feel a little overwhelming with reviewing all I have to get done for the week. It starts really on Sunday evenings. Do you ever feel that way? I always said we need…

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Tired Mom vs. Autism — – Foster Parents Article

It is 4:12 a.m. or hour #3 since my son woke up. This night is another reminder of how my life is different from other moms, yet, similar to many special needs mothers. I can sit here on the couch with my son and ponder why he has autism, however, after so many years, all I can do is accept it and do what is best for him. I realize this blog was meant for foster parents; I created it…

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My Autistic Son’s Bully | Lies About Parenting – Parents Article

6 The dreaded worry of every parent–the bully. Sending my son off to school, I worry that my child will fall into the grasp of a mean kid. For my son, life is different. He has high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. He’s an easy target. My life is full of sensory overload, anger issues and my child’s inability to understand social cues. (Social cues are the way people look and act that tells the world around them what they’re…

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