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

The boys are back in town. Well I hope it’s ‘The Boys’ as we might get a plague of Gerbils soon. Three is plenty. The pet shop certainly saw us coming with the line – they have always been together, such a shame to separate them. To be fair to the G Team (can’t believe someone came up with a rodent G Force before me) they are exceptionally friendly, clean and don’t eat much. When I say don’t eat much.…

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

It’s amazing what you come across on a daily basis. You get good discoveries that just make you go ‘wow’. The ones you can look at for ages and get a sense of wonder. Then you get other discoveries which make you go ‘wow’ for entirely different reasons. Today I came across a headline in one of our so called better newspaper – The Times. ************************ Children have been losing out because millions of pounds earmarked for their education has…

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the best trick scooter for 6 year old by The Twinkle Diaries – Parenting Twins Article

‘This post contains gifted items’ Four years ago I wrote about the boys and their new Mini Micro Scooters. They were just two at the time and scooting seemed like such a grown up thing for them to be doing.  Roll on to the present day and my (not so) tiny boys have just upgraded to stunt scooters! Recently they’ve been trying to do little jumps and tricks and, to be honest, their little three wheel scooters just weren’t up…

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

It’s Sunday and it’s time for a bit of Switzerland. Just something about this wonderful place that is so uplifting for the soul. Looking at the photos something occurred to me. How the varied architecture and buildings blends in perfectly with the stunning landscape. How many times these days do you see a potentially wonderful view ruined by an ugly inappropriate building. Not here in Switzerland. Like this:Like Loading… Posted in architecture, holidays, Hope, landscapes, Life, Mountains, Switzerland, The Alps,…

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SingleMomtism: Every Family Has Its Made-Up Words – Single Mum, Parents Article

Like any family, mine has our shared moments and memories built across years together.  There are plenty of inside jokes to go around, based on hilarious incidents built into the scrapbook of our lives together. Along with that come the words. The made-up words. I’m sure you have them too. Maybe they were based on a slip of the tongue that someone never lived down. Maybe they started out in the mouth of a child and then took on a life of their own. …

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

It doesn’t have to be big to have a bucket full of atmosphere. This is Skelton Tower on the North Yorkshire Moors. It’s almost 200 years old and is a former hunting lodge. If you time your arrival at the Tower correctly then you can enjoy the passing Steam Train coming down the North Yorkshire Moors railway. Unfortunately this walking muppet has never managed that. Still you still get views of the haunting Newtondale. The Tower is also a fantastic…

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

It’s Terrible Poetry time as ever thanks to the Grand Bard – Chelsea Owens. This week the rules are: It’s time for another Acrostic Poem. Let’s pick a Topic of Celebrities.An acrostic is simple; write a word (say, like the celebrity’s name or favorite habit) down the left side, and then do a haphazard job of filling in with your poem. Length should be dependent on the word you pick, and how verbose you feel at each letter. Rhyme if you wish. Don’t if you…

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Our Listed Home Renovation By The Twinkle Diaries – Parenting Twins Article

OK — so you know that for years I’ve been banging on about extending our home? But as our 16th century cottage is Grade 2 listed, a listed home renovation isn’t just as simple as getting planning permission and off you go. But undeterred, in October last year, we finally put in some plans to the council and on 20th February 2019 — after a false start and a lot of to-ing and fro-ing — our planning permission and listed…

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

It’s a Sunday and it’s time for a bit of wonderful Switzerland. This time in the form of the Gornergrat. This will be a two parter. The second part is an emotional one as it’s about the last long walk we did as a family of three. You find places which just etch themselves onto your soul. The Gornergrat is certainly one of those. It’s a rocky ridge overlooking the beautiful alpine town of Zermatt. The ridge is a high…

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How to Respond to Your Emotional Spouse Without Making Things Worse – Single Dad, Parents Article

(Image/cristianobaraghini.it) More often than not, when my wife reacted emotionally to anything—something I said or did; something on TV; something that happened at work, whatever—my gut reaction was to think of her response as an overreaction. This was not me intentionally trying to demean or disrespect her. This was my honest, natural, and I believed—objective—reaction to whatever she was saying or doing that I perceived to be disproportionate to whatever triggered the emotional response. I was using commonplace, relationship-killing invalidation…

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