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February 7th, 2006, 09:25 PM
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Hi all:

I hope you don't mind. I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm not a new dad. I'm a new GrandDad! How sweet is that?!

Two beautiful grandchildren and one more on the way. And yes, being a grandparent is everything they said it would be.

So why am I here? I wasn't a very good dad. I worked all the time and spent too little time with my kids. Sure I went to the ballgames and school events when I could, but I did a lot of damage by not being the nurturing, supportive father I should have been.

In fact, I lost my kids — they didn't want to be around me much anymore. I caused them lots of pain. I'm making up for it. In the past 15 years, I've had to unlearn all the things I "knew" about parenting and accept that I'd done most of it wrong. I had to rebuild my relationships with my kids which I did successfully. We have a great time together now and we're really good friends. They invite me into their lives. It doesn't get much better than that.

So I'm here to contribute when I can. I'm certainly not one to say, "Back in my day. . ." I'm just thankful that my kids were willing to meet me on new ground. Hope I can help.

I'll check in regularly.

Thanks,

David

Oh, by the way. The moms have posted more than 29,000 messages and the pops have done 320. . .? Hmm.
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February 8th, 2006, 03:22 PM
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Welcome David. I'm glad that you were able to patch things back up with your kids. There is nothing that can take the place of family.

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February 20th, 2006, 03:09 AM
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Hey david! (lurking mommy here lol) I just wanted to say that it takes a lot to admit what you just did. I respect you for it! I am so glad your kids are a part of your life, and even more happy that you get to spend time with your grandkids as well! I just started talking to my father recently again and am hoping we can build a relationship that doesn't focus on the past at all. Your post just gave a little added faith! Hope you have a good day

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Oh, by the way. The moms have posted more than 29,000 messages and the pops have done 320. . .? Hmm.
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February 20th, 2006, 08:29 PM
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Thanks for the kind words. I hope it all works out for you. Rebuilding a relationship with the kids is worth all the effort.

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