Raising Kindness and Caring

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

One of the Early Learning Hub’s Core Messages is this: Parenting can sometimes be overwhelming. Balancing the demands of work, childcare, financial and emotional stress, may be all you think you can handle. There’s another part to it, but we’ll get to that later. I’d like to focus on this first part right now as it is extremely prevalent in our lives at the moment. You see I am in the middle of day four of my recovery from an appendectomy. I was sick for a couple of days with a nagging abdominal pain last week in the middle of a very busy and stressful time at work. There was plenty going on at home as well and in the middle of it all…my least useful and seemingly pointless organ decided to revolt. So I’ve been forced to rest…to not help…and to not “lift anything over 15 pounds for two weeks”…sorry kids… Continue reading

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Check In the Appendix

I started writing this at 1:30 in the morning…so if there are errors and it doesn’t make any sense you can just blame that fact…kidding…sort of!  I’m supposed to be sleeping right now and trying to recover from my recent surgery.  If you didn’t catch from my less than clever play on words in the title I had my appendix removed recently.  It didn’t burst, thankfully.  Continue reading

Working From Home

I have spent a decent amount of time thinking and dreaming about the possibility of working from home.  I think quite a few of us have!  The idea of setting your own schedule and earning a living to support a family while not having to get out of your pajamas most days sound pretty amazing to me.  Of course it isn’t easy to make happen and does require plenty of actual “work” as well, but I do think it is possible and in this age of technology seems to be getting more and more possible.  It has definitely become a dream of mine as I have continued to write and blog and as I’ve established my LLC and outside of work passion as a parent educator: This is Fatherhood LLC. Continue reading

Dear Little One

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

This may be surprising to hear, but I like to write. I know…I know it’s crazy right. A blogger who likes to write? Well, it’s true. I enjoy trying to make my thoughts and ideas come together to create a story or narrative that hopefully someone else can read and feel connected to. It is one of the best ways that I can express my feelings and thoughts and offers me a bit of catharsis. Continue reading

My Kindergarten Boy, Part 1

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

“Don’t blink!” They say…“before you know it, he’ll be graduating high school!” Well…he may not quite be there yet, but tomorrow my son heads off to “Kinder Camp” for a week to learn a little bit about his new school before he goes for real in about a month. We’re definitely feeling a mix of emotions in our house, but the feeling I feel the most right now is pride. Continue reading

Keep Fighting

I’m a people-pleaser.  I’m a peacemaker.  I like everyone I interact with to be happy and to think I’m a good person.  I don’t like to rock the boat.  I don’t like confrontation.  I don’t like to make people mad or upset.  I especially dislike disappointing people.  My greatest fears seem to be the triumvirate of hurting, disappointing or angering other people.  I second-guess myself all the time in this regard…”Did I say something wrong?  Did I look at them wrong?  Did I make the right decision?  Do they like me?” Continue reading