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A dad at age 16? nothing and everything to do with weight loss!

Monday, April 07, 2014

I was killing time, and clicked on my MindBodyGreen email and saw in it a blog link "3 Things I Learned From Becoming A Father At 16".

www.mindbodygreen.com/0-
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rom-becoming-a-father-at-16.html


Now, of course, I became a mom in my 30's, so on one level, this blog has nothing to do with my life's experiences. On the other hand, it has everything to do with my life's experiences.

All three of his points are totally valid for all of us here on SparkPeople - yet his second point really hit me - "Comparing yourself to others is pointless. Unless you're comparing who you are today to who you were yesterday, and checking for improvement, you should avoid comparisons all together. All it does is mess with your psyche and lower your self esteem."

So true, and wise words from such a young man.
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GRAMMACATHY 4/15/2014 12:58PM

    43 years ago this week, I was married to a 16 year old that was going to experience father hood in two days. For our age and maturity level. I think we did remarkably well. The marriage only lasted five years, but we have a beautiful daughter. My only regret is that I couldn't learn fast enough to be a great mama. My daughter and I grew up together. Luckily we had good support systems from both families. I think the most important thing about being a teen parent is the desire to learn and change to become the very best parent you can for your child and that also means staying home and with the child when you aren't working. Except once or twice a week when you can go out and be a kid yourself. Too many teen parents either hand their child off to friends and relatives and party all the time or the flip like me, stay home and feel trapped like my childhood is passing me by. Neither are good scenarios. Balance and a desire to find the balance is key. Thank you for such a great article. Very timely too.

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PAPAMIKIE 4/12/2014 7:06PM

    I was a single dad before the age of 18, I helped change the tax laws in Canada so single dads had the same right to claim expenses that single moms did. I knew that single dad had it easier than single mom's (we were considered saints where as single moms where unwed mothers).

Truth is, I did the best I could, if I had it to do over I would do better if I got to keep the knowledge I learned doing it the first time, if I did not get to keep the knowledge I would do just about the same each time around.

What matters is what you do.

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DIBANANA 4/9/2014 8:46AM

  Great thing to remember!

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