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Everyday adventures with Dad!

By Eva Dwight, BA, MEd, ACC
www.creativecoachingconversations.com

A Positive Discipline educator recently posted the observation that we all want our children to be good problem solvers…but we don’t seem to want them to have any problems. I thought that was really interesting, and so true. Why is that? Because there’s nothing harder, I think, than watching my child struggle. I want to jump in there and fix it for him so he can just have it easy and not get discouraged and…um…not learn any survival skills. Wait, that’s not what I want!

Part of it is the fear that he won’t be strong enough, resilient enough, confident enough in himself, to push through and make it work. And hand-in-hand with that fear comes the realization that if I want him to be strong enough, resilient enough, and confident enough, I need to let him struggle. Rather than fix the problem, I need to help him understand the choices he has in addressing the problem so he can fix it himself. It is my job to make sure he takes steps toward addressing the problem so he doesn’t get stuck in the belief that the matter is out of his control.

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Some kids are like if they were born with a crayon in their hand. They can sit at the table for hours, drawing masterpiece after masterpiece after masterpiece. It seems that the pile of toys you bought for them is a pure waste of money. All they need is a box of crayons and some paper. I should know.

I have a child like this at home. I also have another child, who is the complete opposite of the first one.

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Here are some tips for a less stressful morning.

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Bath time, bedtime, schoolwork – what do all of these have in common? If you have children, you know that getting your child to do just about anything can quickly escalate into a struggle, and eating is one of the biggest. No, you can’t eat gummies for dinner, and sorry, potato chips aren’t a vegetable. If you are looking for easy ways to get your child the nutrition they need with food they’ll love, check out these recipes:

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Whether you are moving for a job, to a better school district, to be closer to family, or just for a change of scenery, it is an exciting time nonetheless. It is helpful to have two adults to help wrangle the children, but as a single dad, this is a solo job. While the thought of trying to move your stuff and the kids leads you to feel a little panicky, check out these easy tips to take away some of the stress.

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We all have causes and initiatives we are passionate about, and attending a protest or rally is a great way to show your support. However, as a single dad, your duties don’t stop just because you’re out fighting the good fight. Bringing children along to a protest, march, or rally isn’t unheard of, but here are a few tips to make sure everyone has an enjoyable experience.

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Camping with children is an adventure all on its own, but add the fact that you’re a single dad and have never come close to leaving the comfort of the carefully executed fort in the living room, and this can quickly turn into a stressful situation. Check out these three quick tips to make your camping trip one for the scrapbook.

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If only there was a step-by-step guide to navigating parenthood as a single dad, with how-to guides and pictures depicting every possible scenario you might come across. We’re talking no changing tables in the men’s restroom, grooming, and the dreaded sex talk. Being a single dad comes with its own set of personal challenges, but lucky for you, dads have joined together on a united front to offer tips and advice to get you through the most difficult scenarios. Check out these situations with tips to tackle each one.

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Bucket List

  • Star Wars cosplay at Comic Con
  • Yoga journey to India
  • Hiking at Yellowstone
  • Flaming Lips concert with the kids
About Me

Hi there! I’m Daniel. I’ve been a single dad to my daughter (9) and son (6) for three years now. I’ll admit I don’t always know what the heck I’m doing, but every day is definitely an adventure and a blessing. And for that, I’m truly grateful. I noticed that there aren’t a lot of resources out there for us single dads so I thought I’d share some of what’s worked for me.