Where The Child Things Are, A Single Father’s Fairy Tale – Single Dad, Parents Article

Fairy tales often begin with once upon a time and end in happily ever after.  They transport us to faraway castles from a different age and tell us the story of princesses, their princes, dragons, sorcerers, magic spells, and true love.  On some level, it would seem like these ancient tales should have drifted off into the ether and be long forgotten.  But all of these tales contain within them a message.  A kernel of truth lies buried beneath these…

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Once Upon A Black Friday 2019 – Single Dad, Parents Article

Once upon a time, there was a man.  Staring into his super suit he looked at the world before him and shuddered.  Every year, the day after Thanksgiving, he dreaded.  For he knew people would turn wild and unruly.  They would become savages, tearing each other to shreds, all to get a bite of the apple.  Ok, maybe it was an Apple iPhone 11.  But whatever!  These animals had no mercy.  No care about whether they harmed others.  Sitting in…

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Love Like Crazy | TAPESTRY – Foster Parents Article

Sometimes people look at our families, built through adoption, foster care, and kinship placements, and wonder why we would choose this path for our family. Our guest blogger, Chantel, shares with us the new path her family is on and how God has called her family to step out of their comfort zone into a whole new world: I am a mom of 3 through birth and adoption. Recently, we had 2 new kids join our family. We are now…

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Stories Start with Mom – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

My love of reading came from my mother, who introduced me to all manner of fascinating stories from the comfort of our couch. What has always struck me about children’s literature is how much a mother character—or lack thereof—shapes the story. I was captivated by the beasts in Where the Wild Things Are. Their clawed feet and rhino horns were so intricately drawn that you could stare at the Wild Things for days and see something new at every glance.…

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Reminiscences – Foster Parents Article

This week I received a transition plan for Squidge. In a few weeks he will leave here and go to live with his daddy and that will be the end of his time with me, and the end of my time as a foster carer. It’s over a year now since I first thought my fostering days may be over. At the time I was disillusioned, tired and felt let down. A combination of factors meant that I did end…

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We Can’t Let Them Get Away With It – Foster Parents Article

Whenever there’s a discussion about ‘inclusion’ or ‘reasonable adjustments’ in education, a cry of “It’s not fair!” will surely follow, like an echo of the playground refrains of our childhoods.  “We can’t let them get away with it!”  If we make exceptions for one child, the argument goes, then the other children will think the rules don’t matter. It will be a free-for-all. Anarchy will surely ensue.  Every single time I hear or read those sentiments, I think of Daniel…

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Children In Need – Foster Parents Article

It’s Children in Need day! I will no doubt watch tonight, cry, make a donation, like thousands, maybe millions of others around the country. But my thoughts will, at least in part, be somewhere else. Whenever I watch Children in Need, what strikes me about the short films is that the children that are featured in them are most often in need because of an illness, a disability, a bereavement or because they are young carers. These children are, undoubtedly,…

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