Whether you are recognizing your birth father, stepfather, stand-in father, grandfather, adopted father, or other type of father figure, here is to all of the dads and daughters out there — Happy Father’s Day. ...more
by Lianne Castelino www.whereparentstalk.com
I've long believed that many dads get a bum wrap. They tend to get painted, by and large, with a broad stroke and the shade is often dark.
The media tends to focus on deadbeat dads, dads who have gone AWOL on their families and other types of negative dad stereotypes. But there are so many great dads out there doing the best they can.
Dad I saw you cry when each baby was born. I saw you love those tiny things. As each baby slept on your chest, you were contorted into the most uncomfortable position, but did not move, protecting the wee one's nap.
Later I saw you teach your kids to cut the grass, whether they wanted to learn or not. I saw you throw ball then chase squealing kids on hot summer days with huge water soaking squirt guns. I saw you walk the dog with your children....more
When I was little, my dad worked a lot. Because his office was in our house, there were some nights when the work seemed to have no stopping hours. But my dad also knew he was missing out on us growing up, so he made it a point to fit time into his work schedule that included us kids. He’d set us up at the table so we could help him with some of the busy work....more
I had my first cup of coffee when I was probably 13. It was loaded with cream, and had more sugar than should be consumed in a 24 hour period. But it gave me a powerful surge of energy.
And it was how I realized that I loved coffee.
I experimented with my coffee palate some over my teen years....more
“Uh, Mom, Dad just told me he is the Easter Bunny!”
My mouth dropped open and my eyes opened wide! “What, I had no idea I was married to a giant rabbit!” I guess I should now refer to my 44 year old spouse as Harvey.
The confrontation continued as my darling 8 year old daughter came down from the master bedroom with a target bag filled with Easter basket contraband – leftover jelly beans, gummy bunnies and Twix bars.
“Seeeeeeee, look what I found!...more
What is common is for the media to infer is that depressed parents abuse their children. This kind of thing always happens when stories come out about the negative effects of postpartum depression. It's not that there aren't any negative effects. There are. We can't ignore them. In fact, we really need to talk about them, not to make women who suffer feel guilty, but to make them aware that avoiding treatment is not an option.
This post address some of our children's clinginess to their mothers. Although it can be a hassle, it doesn't have to be so bad.......Clayhttp://tantrumstroublesandtreasures.blogspot.com/2011/01/competing-for-m......more