On Being a Dad and Grandpa

By Barry Lillie This past October, my daughter and son-in-law took a picture of this seventy-one-year- old grandpa (me) with my three-year-old granddaughter hand in hand on the Gulf of Mexico in Naples, Florida. I realize now how uncertain my journey to this time and place was.  The reason—I became a separated dad twenty-five years …

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A Fast Track to Single Fatherhood

by John Hoffman It’s not often that a 47-year-old guy, who wasn’t really planning on fatherhood, ends up as the full-time single parent of a four month-old baby. That’s what happened to George* (not his real name) last year. Right now he’s on parental leave, looking after baby Nathan*, now nine months old. Nathan’s mom …

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Holiday Thoughts for Single Parents

by Barry Lillie The holiday times are often moments where single parents struggle with sharing time, memories of holidays past, and ensuring their children  how to The following are guidelines for newly separating or changed families during this joyous but often difficult season. Guard against any erratic behavior by yourself or your former partner. Your children …

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School Days Are Here Again

by Barry Lillie A new school year often presents change upon change for newly separating and separated families. What was once viewed as joyful changes in an intact family are now challenges that make parenting more complicated e.g. a family moves to a new home in a new school district? For our children of every …

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Conflict with Your Ex: Inevitable . . . but you can handle it

by John Hoffman One question I have been asked repeatedly because of my role as a fathering writer is, “What can I do when my ex-wife is interfering with (or being unreasonable about) my time with my kids?” For the record, I’ve also talked to moms who only wished their ex would spend more time …

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