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Beyond Father’s Day: 5 Great Tips for Single Dads For the Rest of the Year

You’ve probably seen enough on Father’s Day and gift buying, so we’re also focused on beyond Father’s Day and offering single dads great tips for managing fatherhood all year round.

 Mark Peters, Founder and CEO of DressMeDaddy.com shares these five suggestions to support newly single dads as they embark on their co-parenting journey.

1.      Spend the time you have with your kids doing things!

Spend the time you have with your kids doing things. You may not be a husband anymore, but you are still a father. Be present with your kids and actively engage them. When you interact with your kids, you build a relationship. Play games, read books, cook, play sports, go fishing, do projects around the house…whatever it is, create memories finding things you have to do together. (Peters also advises creating a “no phone zone” to maximize time between dad and child).

 

2.      Don’t let your anger and frustration with your ex define and dominate the time that should be devoted to your children.

Focus on what you can control and quickly develop a mental picture of what you want it to look like in the future!  There are so many emotions associated with divorce – anger, resentment, disappointment, relief – it is easy to let them get in the way, especially in your relationship with your kids. When your kids look back on this time of their life what do you want them to say about you?  This is your time with them.  Create a memory worth remembering. The rewards will be amazing.  Make sure your kids feel safe, secure, loved and important.

 

3.  Prioritize your life!

Create a list of all of the important things in your life (including professional, financial and personal) to create balance. State everything in detail and then stick to that list. (Peters states his daughter ranked number one on his list no matter what came after).

 

4.      Stay busy! Continue doing things you enjoy!

Take up a hobby if need be: Reading, developing a new business opportunity, working out, catching up with old friends, investing, gardening, etc. are all great ways to keep yourself actively engaged.

 

5.      Talk to someone. Seek counseling if it will help improve your well- being.

 

Although many newly single dads may have spent numerous hours in therapy with their ex-wives to no avail, this may still be a great time to find a trusted counselor and figure out what you did wrong in the relationship. In order for you to improve your own life, you must figure out what internal changes you must make.

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Bad Behavior? Bad Coaches? Good Sportsmanship? 5 Things Every Sports Mom Should Know

Do you have a future Victor Cruz, LeBron James or David Beckham in your house? It’s Sports Week on MochaManual.com and we asked our resident youth sports expert, Duane Kinnon, COO of YES Inc. (Youth Education Through Sports) a New York City-based non-profit, to give us the skinny on  what every mom needs to know to make the […]

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It’s Sports Week: How Dwyane Wade Ended Up In Our House & Our FATHEAD GIVEAWAY

This is a true story. One that I must preface by saying that I am a die-hard New York Knicks fan. But I am also a basketball fan. And as a mother who gives a little leeway for developing your own opinions (they now say that is good for children), my 9 year old son […]

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Tasty Tuesday: KIND Launches New, Low-Sugar Dark Chocolate Chili Almond Snack Bar

KIND Healthy Snacks announce the launch of the newest flavor in its low-sugar KIND Nuts & Spices line –Dark Chocolate Chili Almond! Turns out a good spicy snack can help keep you cool this summer!     It may sound counter-intuitive to reach for something hot when its 98 degrees, but it’s actually a scientific fact that […]

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African American Teen Births Drop 24%, Hispanics 34%, Says New CDC Report

According to a new CDC report released this week, the rates of teen births fell 24% among non-Hispanic black teenagers, 34% for Hispanics and 20% for non-Hispanic white teenagers. The decline among Hispanic teen births is most noteworthy since they previously had the highest teen birth rates. Eight states had declines of 30% or more […]

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First Food Friday: Breastfeeding Chef’s Boobie Milk Smoothie Recipe

Friday: Boobie Milk Smoothie This delicious smoothie comes together easily and is a crowd pleaser the whole family can enjoy. For faster assembly, store dry ingredients in individual baggies in the fridge so all you do is dump into your blender, add banana, water, ice and GO! Makes 2 nursing mama servings OATS: supports breast […]

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Passion into Profit Week: 7 Questions to Help You Find Your Passion

We’re closing out Women’s History Month by motivating all women (and everybody, really!) to find their passion and turn it into a money-making business they love! Having trouble finding your passion? Don’t fret! Start here with a quick self-assessment to get you on your way: 1.What are you doing when you feel happiest? 2. What […]

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Kim & The Kids in the City: ANNIE, THE MUSICAL. A Must-See!

I admit, I’m biased. Annie is one of my childhood favorites. When I was about eleven years old, me and my BFF attempted to organize a neighborhood production of Annie in my parents’ basement. LOL.  My BFF and I both wanted to play Annie and before our friendship imploded over the issue, we nixed the […]

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Kimberly Visits The Katie Couric Show; Writes Apology to Gabby Douglas from Black Moms

Kimberly Seals Allers visits the set of Katie. Read the post she wrote after listening to Olympic medalist Gabrielle Douglas share her pain over the criticism she received from the black community about her hair. Also, check out Kimberly’s behind-the-scene pics. Read the post here: http://www.katiecouric.com/features/my-apology-to-gabrielle-douglas-from-african-american-moms/          

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KIMBERLY & KIDS HIT THE CITY: Ready to Get Out? Check Out the New Victory Theater and Louis Armstrong Family Musical

If you’ve got cabin fever like we have had cabin fever, then you’re probably dying to get out and start exploring our city once again. If so, we have some amazing ideas for you. Number 1: The New Victory Theater Check out the line up at The New Victory Theater where the 2012-2013 season offers […]

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