Its great to be able to contribute to this blog and perhaps find others who are trying to take on life’s challenges one day at a time, and in some cases one crisis at a time.
By way of introduction, I am a recently widowed father of two girls. Â There’s tons of background about it on my site Dad the Single Guy so I won’t dive too deep into that.
One of the reasons I asked Chris and his team if I could start blogging here as well is because I wanted a chance to reach new people who are in the same challenge as I am, or perhaps who have been through it. Â Ironically, I am not a big reader of self-help books or blogs. Â But I do think we can all help one another-and the most important part of that is to be out there and want to be helped (and to offer help).
One of the toughest lesssons for me to come to grips with as a single father (I became a widow in December but the reality is I’ve been a single parent for almost two years because of my wife’s debilitating illness) is Â never having true down time. Â There is always one more thing to do, one more event to schedule and one more errand to run.
That said, its great because I am very close with my girls. Â 8.0 and 10.5 are outwardly very normal kids-and that is by design. Â So each day we get two feet on the floor and take it on-hoping that the guy looking back at me in the mirror when I am shaving is able to look me in the eye.
Hopefully going forward this can be a two-way (or even more than that) dialog about how to meet the challenges of being a dad in the early 2000’s and be successful doing it.
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