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    Tammy
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    Six years ago my husband left me. My support system was non-existent. I had minimal work experience. And my daughter was a handful (I say was but she still is). I remember those times and think “how the heck did I make it?” Life was so hard and I can recall nights sobbing and thinking I can’t go any further. The good news is I made it through and I’m loving my daughter more and more each day. The bad news, life is still hard.

    During this pandemic I am doing what every parent is doing, scouring the internet for ideas and trying to keep myself together so that my daughter doesn’t see my anxiety. It was much easier when she was a toddler and didn’t understand that I was crying. The search brought me to this website and I instantly fell in love with the name. You could say it was serendipitous. I’m sure I’m not the only one making that joke. Or maybe I am, but I don’t care.

    Here is one tip I wanted to share and maybe get new ideas from the community. One thing that has brought us together during this time is watching “old” movies. The 90’s are not that old but apparently it is to my daughter. She is now a fan of Clueless, Legally Blonde, and Mean Girls. We switched gears and recently watched Life is Beautiful together and both of us were crying hard. After we composed ourselves, I answered all my daughter’s questions about WWII (there was a lot of googling).

    My takeaway from this movie though is how Guido hid the horrors of what was happening from his son. I mentioned earlier that I have been trying to hold things together by not showing anxiety to my daughter. I finally had to turn the news off a few weeks ago because it was just too much. Now we take walks and I just listen to her tell me about her world. Without knowing it, I was becoming a parent like Guido. I want to show my daughter that life is beautiful. Even though there are hard times, I know that the two of us together can make it through anything. I’m excited to learn more tips from parents, especially in the creativity department. I’m not the best at that. In the meantime, we will continue our movie watching nights and bond over chick flicks and historical dramas.

    What movies or shows do you recommend for bonding with kids?

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    Patrick
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    Tammy! I love your story and your honesty. Thank you for sharing the wisdom you got from Life is Beautiful. I will try and see if I can find that movie again. I have two kids. My daughter (11) and I have been bonding over lots of different activities. We go through phases from exercise and games, to crafting and Youtube Channels.

    A couple movies we watched together are the class Disney movies streaming on Disney+. I tried showing her my old cartoons but she wasn’t interested. One thing she showed me that she loves is a Youtube Channel called Dad vs Girls. Its a family in England where a dad challenges his wife and three daughters to weekly challenges. They must do pretty well because prizes in the competitions are going for $1,000 cash. Maybe ask your daughter if there are any Youtubers she likes.

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