The Single Parent Talks

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Turning a New Leaf

It’s been a while since I’ve updated all my blogs. I decided not to abandon these blogs – that is, I am still currently paying for the domain and the webhost. It’s a loss, really, as I don’t have any income from these blogs.

I’ve recently moved almost all my blogs from Justhost to A Small Orange. So far I am satisfied with the move  and the support I got while I was moving all the blogs was awesome. The webhost support were quick to reply. They aren’t the cheapest webhost in town, but then, I realized that you’re paying more for a responsive customer support so that’s just okay for me.

So, Where to and What Now?

I have been thinking of changing the domain name of this blog. I think thesingleparenttalks.com is quite too hard to remember. I haven’t thought of any easier name yet. I won’t give up this particular domain yet, even if I have finally bought that new domain name.

I want to be writing more about single parenting. Offer advice, solutions, practical tips, experiences, etc. You’d hear me write down random posts less. I’m moving into having more informative posts. I will try to avoid off-topic posts or random posts on this blog.

I plan to post only once a week on this blog. I am also considering having co-writers or guest writers on this blog.

Some old posts will be deleted, or redirected. I need to prune the old ones.

I have lots of backlog posts on other blogs.

I know, this particular blog needs a redesign. I have been always putting it off in favor of my freelance jobs and child-rearing that takes up almost 100% of my time.

Quick Updates

For those who used to read this blog, my kid has just entered junior high school this month. Last month, she wanted to learn how to play the flute. Unfortunately she didn’t make it to the Junior Band in her school because there were just too many who were able to enter during the summer (the biggest attraction is the scholarship).

my kid's flute

And yep, she has a crush; I’m glad that she had been open to me about it. Well, she had crushes for quite a while now.

I was able to lose some weight last year. I was able to lose the extra pounds from diet. However, my weight plateaued so I decided to take up running. I ran from December to April, and I stopped this May because of the rainy season. Despite being physically active, I still get the flu, fever, terrible headaches and sinusitis which I am experiencing at the onset of this season (those sicknesses had become a constant part of my life). I hope to be running again when rainy season is done.

Guys, and dating? I don’t get meet quite a lot of people personally as I am mostly confined at home. I simply “meet” and know people online.

I finally committed myself to using a planner. So far so good, I haven’t stopped updating the planner. In fact, it became an indispensable tool. I’m not sure if I want to consider using a digital planner next year, as it’s more convenient to look up things in a book planner and other people could look at it too. A digital planner would have saved me more money, but I tend discard stuff that I had written digitally, unlike a “paper” planner in which I can refer to if I have to look up or review something after a year or two.

My father is still confined at home – it’s been over than three years since he suffered stroke. We are really having a difficult time motivating him to “get out of the house”. He cannot do some things by himself.

 

15 Earth Day Activities for Kids

A few days to go and it’s World Earth Day!

Simply thinking of the words “Earth Day” makes me think of giving back to mother earth. This is just one day, celebrated every 22nd of April each year, where we are reminded to assess what is happening to our environment, and what we can do to preserve it.

Imagine if we aren’t celebrating this one special day. I think people would just go on their selfish desires and forget about the importance of nature. Our situation would be much like some enterprising billionaire taking off the old trees to pave way for a parking lot expansion.

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Parenting Tips for Parents with Tweens

Rolled up eyes. Endless pouts. Boy crushes. Body odor.

Hands over ears on reminders. “I know mama!”, she says.

My little darling who used to dress up right away whenever I go out in town, suddenly insists on staying at home!

In town, she doesn’t want to be seen walking with me side by side 90% of the time!

To her eyes, I seem to have gone from being the greatest mom in the world to the worst one! She used to listen to me and ask all about the world, but now she keeps on correcting my “mistakes”.

Looking for parenting tips for parents with tweens? It’s not that easy and there’s no hard and fast rule for it. But still, a good advice given is still worth a try.

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How to Get Your Ex Boyfriend Back

I was young. I was in love.

I have fallen in love several times. I give my all, but then for some reason the relationship simply fails. Then again, I get to that part of the relationship that I hate the most: saying goodbye and letting go.

Too many times, the devil in me says to stop crying, to stand up, to stay and fight, and to win back the love. So I wouldn’t have to deal in fighting out weeks and months of loneliness and depression.

Is he really worth the chase?

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That Facebook Ex: To “Friend” or Not to “Friend”?

Social networking sites makes the world go smaller everyday. It wasn’t this way when my grandparents were at my age now.

My Facebook profile is a hodgepodge of old and new friends including former classmates, office mates, and new acquaintances and people whom I met online. Along that mixture is a sprinkle of old flames – Facebook exes that I had!

Did I “friend” them? Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t, but oftentimes I am the one who sit and wait for their friend request, if ever they get to make one. Even if I apparently found them first in Facebook, I would rather not hit the friend request button to a Facebook ex initiate friendship. Why would I have to? To see them with their happy wives and happy kids? To see their publicly available photos of kissing their girlfriends?

So maybe I wasn’t able overcome my feelings for them, and that I dwell too much in the past?

 

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