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

So far Storm Dennis has been ok with us. So many have had it far worse than ourselves. Last time I looked there was over 560 flood warnings. Many houses are already underwater. So so sad and it’s happening more frequently. Sometimes having a messy, pet wrecked garden helps. It’s makes it less obvious when a storm strikes. So as I surveyed the increased mess zone something caught my eye. Unbelievably during yesterday’s weather hammering two daffodils had decided to…

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

The zero hours contract yielded 5 hours work today. Another 50000000 hours and I might just keep the bank manager from sending me snotty letters. Just enough time left for a quick run. The light was stunning. It’s the quiet before the next storm hits. “Is it true that we are getting another storm.” “Yes Son it’s due to hit at the weekend. But this time maybe just a little less wind but much more rain.” “Great. I bet they…

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

These little beauties seemingly flower earlier every year. When we first moved here the snowdrops flowered mid February. These guys flowered mid March and the Daffodils arrived during April. I guess my Dad would have said something like ‘blimey I’ve only just planted me Goosegogs‘. Goosegogs is Yorkshire for Gooseberries. Once a week we have school bagmageddon. Poor bairn (kid) is packed off lugging (carrying) two bursting at the seams bags. I wish someone would invent a Dr Who Tardis…

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

The way forward is shrouded in mist but a clear route is emerging. As we move into the second week of the Year 8 exams we have a clear state of play emerging. Son is trying his hardest, school clearly is not. Son again was upset this weekend as he clearly thought that school sees him as not very bright and a failure. He found out that he came third bottom in his Drama exam. Well was that surprising when…

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2003 – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

2003. A time before parenting. A happy dreaming couple. A time when digital photography was still seen as the work of the devil by many. When a mobile phone was just that – a mobile phone – nothing else. My football team was still playing in the European Champions League. 31st May 2003. As the local paper described it. A once in a lifetime opportunity. The chance to see a 90% solar eclipse. Two problems The peak eclipse would happen…

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

New Years Eve. A walk to a local lake. For our Son a good walk as apart from a couple of anglers we had the place to ourselves. This might have been the first place we walked to when we moved to the village. A time before parenthood. But parenting was at the forefront of our thoughts. It was the main reason we left the city. It looked a good safe place to raise a family. A perfect fit. Fast…

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

Ans so the transition begins. A transition from a happy and relaxed boy to one wracked with doubt and anxiety. School starts to flick the switch again. How many kids are going through this experience. Far Too Many. Here the school prison gates open on Monday. Son’s words not mine. So on this glorious winters day he tries to wade through the homework which was dished out before Christmas. He spent an hour trying to sketch a mirror image of…

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

Every morning we get a scene from Hitchcock’s Birds. Hordes of feathered friends waiting for the me to get my act together. Come on it’s about time we got breakfast. Just remember what happened in The Birds. No cute Angry Birds here…. We watched Angry Birds 2 a few nights back. It’s very funny. Red and Big Terrence are my new role models. The Birds in the Hitchcock movie are just a bit too Deadpool for my liking. Everyday the…

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

Plenty of water flowing under the bridge. The water seemingly never ending. In the run up to Christmas I was worried that it would bring sadness and hurt. Anniversaries and big holidays do that. As it happened yes one or two wobbles but son seemed to enjoy himself. That’s the only thing that matters these days. So it’s late on Boxing Day and soon Christmas will have gone. Job done. I survived. But the flow of grief never stops. It’s…

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

Glorious weather for this morning’s run? Looks can be deceiving. Looks good with a creative but of zooming. The actual full picture taken seconds after the first photo tells a different story. Actually it was a cold, dark and damp run. Only seeing part of the picture can make such a difference. One of the current on going battles with school relates to our sons dyslexia. What support does he need when answering written class questions or when he’s taking…

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