Midlife Cabernet: I Never Called Him Daddy

My father died 25 years ago this week. If I could see him again, my first question would be, “Am I still grounded?”He’d probably say, “Yes.”We had a contentious relationship, mainly because I challenged authority and he was determined to break my strong spirit by imposing a limited variety of parenting techniques: grounding or spanking with a wooden board. After my last spanking at age 12, I turned to him and said, “Well, this method of punishment isn’t working for me.” So he grounded me. Forever....more
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"Make Room for Daddy"

Father, Dad, Daddy, Papa, Pop...Today is HIS Day!They say that from the instant he lays eyes on her, a father adores his daughter. Whoever she grows up to be, she is always to him that little girl in pigtails. She makes him feel like Christmas. In exchange, he makes a secret promise not to see the awkwardness of her teenage years, the mistakes she makes or the secrets she keeps. - Unknown...more

How to Write a Father's Day CArd

I remember what it was like to go into a Hallmark store and struggle to find a card I thought was appropriate for my dad. Ugh. Not fun. So, to help you avoid that sinking feeling, here's a quick tutorial on how to write a wonderful Father's Day card. You'll find specific card concepts at the bottom of the post, but I encourage you to play. Let your creative genius shine!1. Make the cover fun:...more

You Call Yourself A Dad?

Sometimes, I wish Father’s Day would go away. I wish that Hallmark and Dayspring would forget to print all those cards…Not because I didn’t have a good dad. I did. But for the sake of the children who weren’t so lucky. Because for those children, young and old, Father’s Day is a reminder of loss and disappointment....more

Things You Should Know About Your Father

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Happy Father's Day

Hey Dad....  Read the rest at The Process....more

Father's Day Amends

 Me, my mom, and my dad“Sometimes we hurt the people we love the most, and that’s more than words to a song.” -Melody Beattie (Codependent No More Workbook)...more
Hope you are now free to move on.  I truly believe that your father is aware that you have made ...more