Motivation

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

Yesterday the sun was shining and the garden was filled with colour. Today the sun is gone. It’s cold, very cold. A biting strong wind blows across a grey landscape. The weather matches my mood….. After days of care free smiles, today the smile is a little forced. Thoughts are a little darker. The world seems a cold and increasingly lonely place. Rather than thinking of memories as precious blessings, all too easily my wanders to thoughts of what has…

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Do this. – broke-single-dad – Single Dad, Parents Article

I’m trying to make sense of the times that we’re in. It’s now been 3 weeks since the cubs have been with me. It could be more; I’ve lost count. I’m balancing the loneliness and vacuum with a morning wakeup call from eldest, lunchtime updates and Facetime at bedtime. I’m stressed. Thankfully, I’m also self-aware so I recognise the need to take action. Not before the Universe gives me a little more incentive. First World Problems During lockdown I stick…

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Couch to OK… – broke-single-dad – Single Dad, Parents Article

Let me begin with a disclaimer. I’m not what you would call a slouch. I like exercise. I’ve grown up around it and I’m vocal about the benefits of maintaining health and wellbeing through exercise. Recently, I have been a bit of a slouch. In a way, I forgot the golden rule that exercise serves to callous an individual against most of life’s stresses and strains. Instead, I gave in to those stresses and strains. Both exercise and diet suffered.…

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How to Catch the Tears of a Single Mom • Singlemothers.us – Single Mum, Parents Article

Every mother at one point – and perhaps even daily – wrestles with a few challenges that keep her from being her best.   During my time these past seven years as a single mother, I have noticed that one of the challenges she battles against comes from society itself. People within society who shame single mothers rather than encourage them are prevalent. Whether it is the news media that casts single mothers as victims with no hope for a decent…

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Fostering Statistics 2019 UK – How Many Foster Carers are There? – Foster Parents Article

Foster Carers play a critical part in the lives and upbringing of thousands upon thousands of children in care in the UK. But just how many foster carers are there?    How many of us would consider being a Foster Carer? According to our recent Google Survey (500 adults in the UK questioned between 11th and 14th August 2019), just over 40% would be at least open to the idea of taking on the role of Foster Carer, while almost…

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Most Desirable Jobs According to Parents in the UK – 2019 Edition – Foster Parents Article

All parents want what’s best for their children. But how do our opinions of ‘what’s best’ differ when it comes to their future careers?    In this article we discover what parents in the UK want their kids to be when they grow up. To find out, we conducted a survey, where we asked 2,000 parents the question:   ‘If your child were to go into the following as a career, how happy would you be?’   Each parent was…

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Tired – broke-single-dad – Single Dad, Parents Article

I exhausted myself; it’s why I’ve been quiet. Here in the UK, we have a turn of phrase for being busy; we call it spinning plates. It harks back to the circus act of erecting a number of head height poles into the ground, then balancing spinning plates on them. The trick of it was to wobble the stick in a circular motion, causing said balanced plate to spin and remain in situ unaided. The skill arrived in getting all…

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How being a treatment foster mom changed my life – Kid Hero Foster Care and Adoption Blog – Foster Parents Article

One day over coffee, I told my friends that I had just filled out an application to become a treatment foster parent. They looked at me with blank stares and replied, “That’s awesome, but you don’t have a medical background, and you haven’t taken care of someone with medical needs before.”  I gleefully responded, “That’s true! But I am going to learn!”  This passionate attitude has possessed me since the first day I learned how many kids need treatment foster parents in Wisconsin. I knew that I could…

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How being a treatment foster mom changed my life – Kid Hero Foster Care and Adoption Blog – Foster Parents Article

One day over coffee, I told my friends that I had just filled out an application to become a treatment foster parent. They looked at me with blank stares and replied, “That’s awesome, but you don’t have a medical background, and you haven’t taken care of someone with medical needs before.”  I gleefully responded, “That’s true! But I am going to learn!”  This passionate attitude has possessed me since the first day I learned how many kids need treatment foster parents in Wisconsin. I knew that I could…

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How to convince a 3-year-old to answer in the minority language? – Parents Article

  Hello I’m British, living in France for the past 13 years. I speak French to my French husband, and we have two girls, a 3-year-old and a new-born. Our 3-year-old was a late speaker (first words at 17 months) and I am the only person who speaks English to her regularly. I am terrified she is going to become or is becoming, a passive bilingual. She understands everything I say to her, but always replies in French. I always…

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