Motivation

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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All in good time – broke-single-dad – Single Dad, Parents Article

It hasn’t been plain sailing in the BSD household recently, and I’m squarely to blame. Youngest cub has made the quantum leap to being potty trained. A real milestone in the transition from toddler to child. I’m ever so proud of him; he even goes to the bathroom standing up, after observing daddy in some uncomfortably candid moments. I was conscious of this milestone as he entered the schooling system last September. His birthday is in late August and he…

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Perspective changes everything – For You Son – Parents Article

It’s amazing how the way you think about a situation, totally changes the experience. As I get older, I realise more and more the power of our thoughts and how it’s not the situation that determines our happiness (or not), but our reaction to it. Perspective changes everything boys. There have been many instances lately where I’ve found myself in a situation and I can feel the discontent rising. I find when something doesn’t go the way I had imagined…

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5 Life skills; conclusion – broke-single-dad – Single Dad, Parents Article

So to conclude and end this series on 5 life skills, I would like to summarise on my thoughts. Firstly, this was quite a difficult series to write. It taxed my brain to come up with relevant superlatives when describing the skills, as they were quite similar. It was also quite challenging to narrow it down to just 5 skills; let’s face it; we want to teach our children everything. The reason I settled on these 5 is quite vicarious.…

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5 Life skills; humility – broke-single-dad – Single Dad, Parents Article

Dictionary definition ‘The quality of having a modest or low view of one’s importance’ oxforddictionaries.com Adult perspective For the final part of this series, I wanted to look at humility within children. I came across quite a bit of advice in books on modesty in adults with the premise that is better to undersell then over deliver, than to do the opposite. I guess the exception to this rule would be during an interview, when you have a small window…

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5 Life skills; kindness – broke-single-dad – Single Dad, Parents Article

Dictionary definition ‘The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate’ oxforddictionaries.com Adult perspective Maybe its just me, but kindness seems to be in short supply these days. It could the news outlets I watch but the media seems to be full of hateful intolerance. This is probably why I watch less news now! As an adult, I like to show random acts of kindness whenever possible, although this has become a bit of a balancing act. In my recent experience,…

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5 Life skills; fortitude – broke-single-dad – Single Dad, Parents Article

Dictionary definition ‘Courage in pain or adversity’ oxfordditionaries.com Photo by mohamed Abdelgaffar on Pexels.com Adult perspective One of the most difficult elements of writing this 5 part series was putting these life skills in some order of importance. I tried, but eventually gave up. The irony of me admitting this on a blog entry entitled fortitude is not lost on me, but the reality is that any combination of these attributes are what is needed to succeed in life. Life…

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5 Life skills; self-worth – Single Dad, Parents Article

Positive reinforcement of self-validation will lead to the cubs trusting their own feelings; this may well save them one day. This is only a snippet of a Parents Article written by brokesingledad Read Full Parenting Article

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5 Life skills; courage – broke-single-dad – Single Dad, Parents Article

Dictionary ‘The ability to do something that frightens one; bravery’ Oxforddictionaries.com   Adult perspective One of my all-time, favourite songs has a chorus line as follows; ” If I sense danger; I’ll dust my heart down and carry on ” Sense of Danger by Presence. I do not own the rights to this song. This song has gotten me through so much in the past… The greatest attribute, in my opinion is courage. Without it, there would be no challenge;…

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