I've been a parent for almost 29 years with seven children and currently have a four year old along with 3 others still in the home and I find myself at this point being a single parent for the past two and a half years. This isn't any of those "this is what you should do" articles, just about what I did. Initially it was a bit of a struggle as the kids and I transitioned into a new lifestyle, but the change was good and only got better. As a matter of fact, aside from the financial stress of having to walk away from my career to care for my two year old (at that time) and the emotional impact the sudden change had on the rest of the kids for a while, it was and still is a blessing. It forced me to dig deep for answers to questions I never had to deal with before, and forced me to become very creative with survival tactics I never thought I 'd have to manage or even knew were within me. In other words, I've become a different person ... a better person for me, my family, my friends, and most importantly my children.
The kids look to me for all the answers, all the rules, all the guidance, and all the love and respect they need to not just survive, but thrive in their lives. We all endured this together, and I have as much respect for them as any other people on earth. That mutual respect was earned by all of us, not a freebie through sympathy or demanded. There is a huge difference I've learned, as discipline is now no more than a disappointed look. I don't need to raise my voice, don't have to ground or punish, I merely watch them react to the discovery of their own disappointment in themselves then reassure them that it needs to be their inner voice as they make their way through this world in their own glorious fashion.
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I'm a single work at home dad by necessity rather than by choice. In any event, if you're looking to become a work at home parent visit the link to my website above, or click here for options and ideas for the work at home parent.
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