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

I seem to have upset someone with my last post. The person clearly didn’t want his name mentioning. Sorry I blocked you John. I assume that’s his name from the email address. My finger must have slipped. Ok John, to help hide your identity how about I call you something like Dork Head. According to my new friend, I apparently was disrespectful to the President of the United States. Really…. I must have missed that one. I was also patronising…

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

The weather forecast is saying it’s clear blue sky and no rain today. The clouds and the showers would beg to differ. Another inaccurate weather forecast. It’s clearly the forecasters fault that it’s raining …. It always is. I remember going to a Test Match (Cricket) between England and India. It had been a good weather forecast. But it was chucking it down and play was suspended. With perfect timing the main TV weatherman came onto the pitch to do…

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Why are teachers villified? Because everyone and their dog thinks they know what we do all day, and it mostly involves their personal memory of being in detention once in 1992 – Single Mum, Parents Article

I try to keep a very clear dividing line between my professional and personal life, and therefore over the years I have rarely, if ever, spoken about my professional life on this site, which is very much a personal blog. However, not only is the line between the professional and personal becoming ever more blurred in these times of being jumped on by a small child whilst interviewing possible employees over Microsoft Teams, but there has been so much in…

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

Another cold start. Press ups on the grass are definitely cold on the hands. Now set into the daily school at home routine. That’s a better way to describe it. It’s not true homeschooling – its schools version of remote learning. 6:30am – start daily exercise (weights, or army fitness, or exercise bike or running round the little garden) 7:30am – try to get as many home cleaning tasks done 8:00am – Son gets up and has breakfast 8:30am –…

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

And breathe…. count to 10 and breathe again. More and more countries go into lockdown. We are surrounded by lands where schools have been closed. Meanwhile here in England our leaders give interviews only to carefully selected media supporters. Even the Chief Medical Officer gives an interview to a right wing newspaper. On the off chance you just might want to find out what our top medical person has to say on the crisis then you have to pay for…

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

Photo from Inside Croydon It’s Thursday so it must be Terrible Poetry time thanks to Chelsea Owen. This weeks challenge is set out by Chelsea. “I normally encourage entrants to follow basic rules; today, however, I’ve decided we need to bring back a type of poem that’s terrible for a reason other than cliché composition. I speak of the Little Willie poems. Here are the specifics, copied from the last time we tried these: The Topic is to write a Little Willie poem. The…

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

The zero hours contract yielded 5 hours work today. Another 50000000 hours and I might just keep the bank manager from sending me snotty letters. Just enough time left for a quick run. The light was stunning. It’s the quiet before the next storm hits. “Is it true that we are getting another storm.” “Yes Son it’s due to hit at the weekend. But this time maybe just a little less wind but much more rain.” “Great. I bet they…

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

Ans so the transition begins. A transition from a happy and relaxed boy to one wracked with doubt and anxiety. School starts to flick the switch again. How many kids are going through this experience. Far Too Many. Here the school prison gates open on Monday. Son’s words not mine. So on this glorious winters day he tries to wade through the homework which was dished out before Christmas. He spent an hour trying to sketch a mirror image of…

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