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

A little bit of a break between the rain clouds. Apparently the sun has been replaced by the moon. I was looking at the view and getting some much needed fresh air when a thought crossed my mind. A strange thought began to rattle around in my brain. I love astronomy. As a kid I so wanted to be an astronomer. As most kids wanted to be the new Pele or Bobby Moore, I wanted to be just like the…

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It Is What It Is – Single Mum, Parents Article

View from my window (not tonight) Yes, we are in enforced quarantine until the 10th of June. Just as we started to socialise a bit, just as DD was getting back into the school routine, and the evening before I was due to go back to my school… we got the WhatsApp from DD’s teacher.First some background. A big high school in Jerusalem had a few students who tested positive to corona. They shut the school and set up testing…

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

The hardy old rose bush right next to the front door. Against all the odds, it just keeps on giving. In a few hours the school at home project restarts again. One more 7 week push before we finally arrive at the summer holidays. What kind of Britain will it be? The old normal, the new normal or something else. This afternoon was glorious. Hot (for here) and sunny. Unbelievably not a single cloud all day. This is Yorkshire remember.…

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So Long to the Waking Nightmare that was Remote Learning – Foster Parents Article

I was trying to figure out why there’s been this familiar sinking feeling in my stomach for the last 8 weeks or so. This “remote learning” thing has been rough, but why did it feel like I’d experience this before? That’s when I realized I’ve been waking up every morning with that same feeling you get during the stress dream where you’re showing up to take a test in a class you’ve never been to before. You know that dream?…

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

Running round the small garden for what seems like the millionth time and desperately trying to find an excuse to stop for a few seconds. Thankfully a yellow rose is a suitable excuse for a photo pit stop. I’m sat writing this during another brief day pit stop. Son is having a wander round the garden, dreaming and working on what we do next this Sunday afternoon. It will be a short pit stop. Maybe 30 minutes at most. It’s…

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Is It Over? – R2BC – Single Mum, Parents Article

One single poppy(There was a live concert in the street below. Not much social distancing.Israelis are largely voting with their feet on that.)Here are this week’s Reasons 2B Cheerful. It’s an interesting exercise to come up with things when you only venture outside twice a week to go to the supermarket. Thank goodness for facebook and zoom. And You Tube and Netflix of course. The Linky is with Becky on Lakes Single Mum if you want to see what other…

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

The sun is shining. It’s still cold but we will settle for this. So it’s almost official. School has emailed parents to say that looking at the latest government guidance – which apparently isn’t much – only some Primary pupils and those sitting final exams next year will get any direct teaching over the next few months. The earliest Son will be back in school is going to be September. So it’s time to get our heads round this. Looking…

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

Pesky school played that trick on me again. Son is all set up for the next school at home lesson. THEN at the start of the lesson the teacher asks for work to be done which requires a plasticine model to be made. As we don’t have a fully functioning stationary and supplies cupboard, an urgent search of draws and boxes took place. Eventually a large ball of old Blu Tack was found. That will just have to do. But…

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

When we first moved into our home, my sister bought us two plants as house warming presents. 18 years later they are still going strong. The red one doesn’t flower for long but it’s just springing into life. It’s quite amazing that after 18 years both plants are still going strong. I don’t have a great track record with plants. I remember my partner for a joke buying me a plant which was described as – the worlds most resilient….will…

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A Story of Hope in Haiti – Foster Parents Article

In the midst of fear and confusion over COVID-19, Haiti stands as a stark reminder that overcoming in the middle of uncertainty is possible by the grace of God.   Haiti is a country of resilient people. Children and adults who have experienced unprecedented poverty, increased scarcity, and political corruption—yet continue to press on. But it isn’t easy. Almost 60% of people in Haiti live on an income that is less than $2 each day, and about 60-70% of Haitian people…

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