Books

Week 39 Around Here {2019} – Parenting Twins Article

{Rock Paper Scissors at the vet with Jack} Painting… two of our three bathrooms on Saturday while Josh had the kids at the land with his parents and brother.  I started with the downstairs bathroom which had been a color called pumpkin marshmallow.  I painted it a soothing green-ish color called Breezeway by Behr, and I love the result.  When we paint the trim, it’s going to look really sharp in there. Then I moved on to our master bedroom,…

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This Foster Youth Aged Out to a Life of Crime and Addiction – Foster Parents Article

One in five youth aging out of foster care will become homeless immediately. [1]  Up to half of youth aging out of foster care will become homeless within 18 months.  One in four youth aging out of foster care will be in prison within two years. [2]  This is the true story of one of these…  Entering the Foster Care System When I was just three-years-old, Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families came and took custody my sister.…

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Week 26 Around Here {2019} – Parenting Twins Article

{pc: Aunt Roxanne} Having… my sister over along with her kids on Saturday.  It was a really fun day, and I was so glad to spend the day with her.  She even curled Carly’s hair while she was here with my new wand from Ulta, and Carly looked so darn cute! I enjoyed loving on my niece Romy & seeing all the kids snuggled up on the couch together watching a movie during movie night.  They’re just so sweet together.Trading……

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‘We Regret to Inform You’: A Story About Marriage and Book-Publishing Failure – Single Dad, Parents Article

(Image/Now and There) I felt that little jolt of hope and nervous excitement in my chest when I saw the unopened email and recognized who it was from. Please let this be it. It wasn’t it. “Dear Matt. You’re not good enough. I’m not interested. Good luck.” Damn it, I thought. I can’t believe this is happening again. … There was a lot riding on the first major non-marriage promise I’d made to my wife, because I didn’t know if…

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20 Best Father’s Day Gifts For Your Amazing Dad – Single Dad, Parents Article

When the calendar rolls past the month of May and into June, leaving the Memorial Holiday in the dust, everyone turns to the next celebration on the map: Father’s Day.  Nowadays, these parent holidays are unique.  Frequently, on Facebook, you can hear about all the Single Dad’s being wished a happy Mother’s Day, and on Father’s Day, you hear celebrations for the mothers taking on the role of father.  As sad as these circumstances are, we all have male figures…

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What I am Listening To: Audiobooks May 2019 – Single Mum, Parents Article

I adore audiobooks. A great romance, a sweeping family saga, time travel done well, a captivating murder mystery or a fascinating slice of history — have a good story and can tell it well, you’ve probably got my ear. Pair that with the amount of time that I spend in cars or waiting while serving as Mom-the-Taxi-Service, the discovery of audiobooks about a dozen years ago have been my saving breath. I remember the days of commuting from Wichita Falls…

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Book Review: The Help – Twin Mummy and Daddy – Parenting Twins Article

I picked up this book at a farm believe it or not! The farm  cafe they had a small table with books for sale on it for just £1 each. As I picked up The Help a lady behind me said it was a great book. Now, it doesn’t take much to convince me to buy a book! I had vaguely heard of The Help before buying it, but that’s most likely because of the 2011 film of the same…

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Week 20 Around Here {2019} – Parenting Twins Article

{That time Carly “helped” carry the watermelon} Enjoying… movie night with the kids last weekend, with homemade pizza & cookies. Yum!!! Loving… my Mother’s Day.  Josh went grocery shopping for me (bless him!) and made dinner for us all.  The kids made me cards and Wyatt brought me a coaster he had made in class.  He drew a mug on it with my favorite colors (yellow & blue) and wrote “Best Mom Ever” on it. The sweetheart.I got to spend…

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The Good News About Bad Behavior: Book Review – Parents Article

The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever-And What to Do About It  Katherine Reynolds Lewis, 2018, PublicAffairs Review by A Child Grows___________________   In The Good News About Bad Behavior the Lewis argues that defiance and simple refusal to follow instructions is a broad trend of the times and is getting worse. She speculates as to why–screen time, consumerism–but presents only the start of a case with no follow-through on the causes. She does however…

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Dry Bones And A Cry Out For Mercy To The Queen Of The Ashes In Game Of Thrones – Single Dad, Parents Article

***Title photo courtesy of HBO ©2019** Sometimes in life, when you watch something staggering you to your very core, you stand silent afterward. In 1993, I convinced my friends to go to Hollywood to watch an early release of a film I had been reading about. It was the second movie out by Spielberg in the same year. While Jurassic Park had earned praise and awe from those who watched it, Schindler’s List moved you on a deeper level. You…

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