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The struggles facing single mothers are well documented, but what of men left to raise families alone? The Telegraph talks to four single fathers.
One day, which, at first, seemed like any other, Bob Greig, 45, came home from work to discover that his wife of seven years had left him.
'Crazy though it sounds, I had no idea that anything was wrong,' he says. 'Yes, we'd been arguing a bit, but nothing major. Now here I was, alone with my two young daughters and our world turned upside-down. I was devastated.'
"If you must begin then go all the way, because if you begin and quit, the unfinished business you have left behind begins to haunt you all the time."
– Chögyam Trungpa
My Granny used to say, "Finish what you start!" It didn't matter what it was for either. I could be eating something and not want the rest of my food and I would be told I had to finish it. My Grandmother was adamant about me finishing school, my homework, my piano lessons, (Of which I did not finish, and yes it haunts me!), etc. She was the type of woman that once her mind was made up on something she saw it through to the end. It was one of her missions, I believe, in life to instill the same tenacity in her family.
I'm A proud single dad of a almost 13 year old boy! I adopted Isiah almost 3 years ago and its been the best thing I have ever done! I love being a dad! I love when he calls me dad or daddy! I love when he tells me he loves me before I tell him! Its been an amazing journey! Yes, adopting a preteen boy has had it challenges, but the reward has been so much greater! He has taught me what real love is and much more! To watch Isiah grow into a young man has been amazing!
No parent wants to see their child stumble along in life. No parent wants to see their child fail. Much like a coach on a sports team, parents sometimes will watch their child go along in life and, having the advantage of watching from the sidelines, see the mistakes they are making and what consequences lie ahead. We want to rush in and guide them in the way they should do. The difficulty is letting your child go headlong into that mistake as they attempt to spread their wings and fly.
Male Fertility Test: Why do I need this test?
The male must produce a sufficient number of normal, actively moving sperm in order to achieve conception and according to he World Health Organisation a man needs 20 million sperm per mL to be considered fertile. The Babystart™ Home Test is a unique home test that will identify whether a mans sperm concentration is greater or less than 20 million per mL.
Lets face it; many states still come up short when it comes to surrogacy laws. For example, it’s still illegal to be a surrogate in such states as New York, Michigan and Utah. Other states have no laws, like Pennsylvania.
One state has taken a step forward on this front: Illinois.
If you’re seriously thinking about egg donation to start a family or thinking of becoming an egg donor, you need to listen the latest show on Creating A Family. It’s about how to choose an egg donor. DNA’s Nancy Block was part of a great roundtable discussion about the process, ethics, costs, genetic testing, meeting donors and much more. Check it out: http://www.creatingafamily.org/radioshow.html.
If your little one is tired of oatmeal, then take a look at our list of 15 breakfast ideas for baby... and find a new way to get his day off to a healthy start!
Obama Administration’s Lifting of Restrictions on Visas for HIV-Positive Foreigners Opens Program to International Clients
Los Angeles, CA, February 22, 2010--The nation’s largest surrogacy agency announced today that the number of babies born to HIV-positive clients is expected to more than double in 2010 as its program for HIV-positive men using their own sperm to create embryos continues to expand in the U.S. and abroad. In 2009, Growing Generations had 5 babies born to HIV-positive parents working with surrogates and in 2010 more than 10 babies are expected.