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Lisa Corduff shared Good Housekeeping's The 20 Best Parenting Memes of 2017.

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Moms and dads will TOTALLY relate to #1. 😂 The most hilarious parenting fails: ghkp.us/514kUbE

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OMG parenting.....

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The whale 🐋 🤣🤣 every time! And Mary Poppins clap 🤣👌

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Kate Tate not bad

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Saving meme sharing for the one that is worth sharing! 🤣

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love it just so true in many ways

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👌👌👌😂 spot on!

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Luke Marten #1 & #2 EVERY time 🤣

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Right on point 😂😂

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Laura Taylor wait for number 1. Nina!

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Spot on 🤪

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Josh Montano - Number 3 and 2 are us!

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Andrew Julie 😂

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An apology to single parents.

Each week I write a newsletter to subscribers. It drops on a Friday and I share what’s new in Small Steps land.

Yesterday I wrote an email with the subject line: What we eat when I’m single parenting.

And it’s upset some people. For that I am truly sorry. I didn’t understand how using that term to describe parenting when your partner is away is not acceptable.

My best friend is a single parent. I rode the wave of the breakup with her, even though we were in different countries. Her heartbreak brought me to my knees.

She’s the most extraordinary person, it’s hard to put into words how impressive she is to me. And watching her parent her boys on her own - it blows me away. She has shown me what resilience looks like, what compassion against all odds looks like, what creating community looks like, what rockstar parenting is and above all else - how the journey into the deepest darkest unknowns can often create the most amazing personal triumphs.

She’s truly my hero.

Never ever would I compare a week when Nick is working interstate with what she contends with week in and week out.

Please know I didn’t mean to cause any harm and I appreciate those who let me know that it’s not the done thing to use the term, unless you are the owner of the badge.

I bow to all the single parents. And I hope you accept this heartfelt apology.
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An apology to single parents.

Each week I write a newsletter to subscribers. It drops on a Friday and I share what’s new in Small Steps land.

Yesterday I wrote an email with the subject line: What we eat when I’m single parenting. 

And it’s upset some people. For that I am truly sorry. I didn’t understand how using that term to describe parenting when your partner is away is not acceptable.

My best friend is a single parent. I rode the wave of the breakup with her, even though we were in different countries. Her heartbreak brought me to my knees.

She’s the most extraordinary person, it’s hard to put into words how impressive she is to me. And watching her parent her boys on her own - it blows me away. She has shown me what resilience looks like, what compassion against all odds looks like, what creating community looks like, what rockstar parenting is and above all else - how the journey into the deepest darkest unknowns can often create the most amazing personal triumphs. 

She’s truly my hero.

Never ever would I compare a week when Nick is working interstate with what she contends with week in and week out. 

Please know I didn’t mean to cause any harm and I appreciate those who let me know that it’s not the done thing to use the term, unless you are the owner of the badge. 

I bow to all the single parents. And I hope you accept this heartfelt apology. 
❤️

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You are such a sweetheart and it’s lovely to see you acknowledge this ... I’m not precious about people saying they are a “single parent for a week” ... it used to really trigger me, but now i understand they just don’t understand... i do say how i feel though and remind them that: I make all the parenting decisions alone - all the time. I don’t have another person bringing in income to help pay the bills - and my kids need me to be both masculine and feminine energy in the home - which is draining And ... no one’s coming home 😔 Sometimes if I’m lucky they go to their Dad’s and i get “time off” which everyone thinks i go out partying right? 🤣 sometimes yes, i go out for dinner or a drink, but reality is, most of the time I’m sleeping and recovering from doing double-duty the rest of the time. 💗 Here’s to ALL parents ... it’s freakin’ hard 🙌🏼💓💜🤪

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I'm a solo parent, my kids are either with my or at school and care while I work. And I dont get the outrage,women need to support each other instead of tearing each other apart. Your post was honest

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Omg. You’re such a good chick to apologise. People need to get over themselves! How ridiculous. Call it what you like when your husband is away. ❤️

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No offense taken here I use the same term all the time as my husband works away each week because at that time I am a single parent i can’t see how this is an offensive term 🤔

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This is why I refer to the times my husband is away as ‘solo parenting’ because it’s different to being a single parent. Solo parenting is temporary while single parenting is all encompassing. Single parents are my heroes.

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Yes, I was just about to say the same Mandy! As an Army wife, I've had plenty of times where my husband has been overseas for months at a time, & amongst other Army wives, we use the term solo parenting, as we still have the other parent, but they're parenting from thousands of kilometers away via skype 😊

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What? Im confused ☺ im a single parent and have been for 18yrs.... i have no problem with anyome saying they are doing it solo while their other half is away, gee i know some who do it solo while their partner is home 😲

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How sweet of you to apologise. I wasn’t offended but a partner being away is definitely not the same as being a single parent....single parents week in week out don’t have anyone with which to share the physical, financial, or emotional load of parenting...let alone someone to ring up and share a chat or a photo with. We need to build each other up and support one another, and I look forward to your emails with your fresh , healthy and fab ideas

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I am a solo parent every day of every week for the last nearly 6 years after my husband died. I did not feel outrage or that you offended me in any way. If your partner is away you are flying solo. That is life for a minute, a week. Or years ❤️

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I knew you were going to cop flack when I saw it. I don’t agree at all and anyone who’s been following for a while should have known your intent would never be offensive. Parenting is parenting, it’s all shitfully hard.

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I’m a single mum, and while I know you mean well Lisa, a week at home with kids while your husband is away is definitely not the same thing as doing it on your own with 3 kids 10 days a fortnight, 26 fortnights a year, for ever and a ever through no choice of your own. It plain sucks. That being said, I’ve been a part of your community a long time Lisa and I know you come from a place of love and without any intention to offend.

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We all have hard times parenting , single or not. Following Lisa for many years now it wasn't meant to offend. If there is something that I am learning every day..... is we can choose not to be offended.

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I think it's fantastic that you have offered this acknowledgement. People are sensitive and some will rise in anger regardless of what your intent was. Hopefully those who complained will acknowledge this post with a thank you

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I’m not upset by it but single parenting versus a parent away, or a parent working interstate rwalkybusnt the same thing by any stretch of the imagination. It’s tough, actually that doesn’t even cut it, most women I know would struggle tests for sure. You aren’t the first person to say it and you won’t be the last, it’s all good 😊👌

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Hats off to duel, single, solo,grandparents, carers and any other type of parents!!! It’s bloody hard, regardless of the dynamic.... I’ve been all, except a grandparent.... love and an early bed time to all the children 😂💖

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I’m solo & single parent full time being a widow. I wasn’t offended, just sad 😢

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People are so quick to judge. love and peace people. there is too much unnecessary angst and aggro in this world.

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I classify myself as a "solo" parent as I have my daughter 100% of the time. To me, solo parenting is NOT temporary, FiFo or hubby is away for work are temporary. Single to me means they are simply not married OR not living with their child/children's father but have someone co-parenting. Some of these situations can be harder at time than being a solo parent. SOLO means ALL the time, no weekends off, no co-parenting etc. I don't get upset when people use single or solo to refer to parenting without their partner as it's generally not intended. But yes it's very different when there is no one coming back to help, or to talk to while away. Lisa Corduff I know you have heart and I don't take offense. I'm sorry others couldn't take the heart of your post with all your helpful advice for everyone parenting in whatever situation they are in. xxxx

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I certainly wasn't offended Lisa but I can understand why some people may have been. No need to take it all out on you though. It's our life and the stage we are in - the overwhelm and difficulty can trigger some people to over interpret and be offended. Perhaps we just need more honest conversation from single parents about just how different it can be so that there is more understanding. Hmm...

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I had no idea! I feel it can have multiple meanings, and to me this term is ok for both. Sorry to hear you had backlash on a term you used to describe parenting alone, which I would still term single parenting! I have a couple of people who have stayed single parenting was easier after a breakup due to hubby not contributing but also wanting to be cared for, cooked, cleaned for and don’t help out. I hear women in relationships stating they feel like a single parent because their hubbies don’t help out. Personally, I hear that and feel for them, I personally wouldn’t correct their terminology or tell them they have it easier than a single parent because I really don’t know their life. Ps people are welcome to disagree with me, we all have different views! My hubby is amazing and I’m grateful every day to have a hubby who co-parents which I’ve found is not as common even in today’s day and age. Strength to all those who find their situation tough ❤️❤️

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Lisa you’re doing a fabulous job. I’m proud to say I’m a single parent, I’m also a widow who has raised 2 wonderful 17 & 18 yr olds.

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I solo parent every other week as hubbys a shift worker

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Yeah being a single parent to two boys is bloody tough some days. It's very different to my friends who say they have a single life when their husband/partner is away. I don't take it personally as they don't mean it personally. ❤

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I'm an ex military spouse, then become an miner's spouse, then a 'work away from home' spouse to a 'single parent'. I dont like the term single parent, yes i'm on my own with 2 kids however they do have their Dad, my not live with them but we still parent together. Yeah its hard at times. But we get throught it. Its not the kids fault. I respect everyones decision on however they bring up their kids. What ever works for them.

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❤️ seriously? Why can’t people take the line as it was intended?? Why do we read more into things than there is?

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Paintings.

All over our house!

Painted by my husband Nick. He’s creative - in the artistic sense. Music, painting, writing.

I’m not creative in that way. And I’m realising I don’t really have anything I LOVE doing recreationally aside from cooking and work - oh and reading and the occasional Netflix binge.

I’d love a hobby!

Do you have one? What is it?
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Paintings.

All over our house! 

Painted by my husband Nick. He’s creative - in the artistic sense. Music, painting, writing. 

I’m not creative in that way. And I’m realising I don’t really have anything I LOVE doing recreationally aside from cooking and work - oh and reading and the occasional Netflix binge. 

I’d love a hobby! 

Do you have one? What is it?

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Learn to sing Lisa! It’s sooo therapeutic. Any music for that matter.

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Surfing and lawn mowing. Both take me away from everything and everyone. Perfect!

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Nashville?🤣

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I don't have a hobby either... unless you count yoga. I do yoga 3 times a week.

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I’m looking for a ceramics class! Get my hands mucky, I just need Ry to come and enact the Ghost scene, he said “NOPE” 🤣🤣🤣

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I wish I could have ALL the hobbies!! Hehe I like reading and yoga and anything crafty, sewing, crochet. I would looove to learn how to play the guitar!

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Sewing 😊 I sew for my 2 girls

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Omg this is me! Husband (also Nick) has many hobbies.. .but I feel my head just doesn't have the space for one. Maybe when the kids are older I'll find the inspiration 😘

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Me too I need a hobby! I even tried to google 'hobbies for mums' lol

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Reading, gardening, animals, a bit of scrapbooking/ journalling. We have 3 acres and big gardens so I'm a bit spoilt! My Mum wants to teach me to knit but I'm not there yet.

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Macrame is easy and fun and pretty cheap. It’s also very trendy right now. Check out tutorials online and on YouTube.

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I'm the same, nothing really interests me but I need one.

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So does that mean Netflix isn’t a hobbie? Well I guess I don’t have any then 🤔

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Colouring in relaxes me..but sewing is my passion

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I'm going to try painting by numbers....

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Upcycling old furniture, macrame ... making anything with my hands 🙌

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Gardening. Gets me out of the house. Rewarding.

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What ! You get to have a hobbie and kids? I forget.

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I learnt to play thr piano last year...

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Me either but then again I don't feel like I have time to take one up.

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Jigsaw puzzles but they are addictive!

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Nia, check out nianow.com nianow.com/niasite/brisbane

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Me too, looking forward to ideas!

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Oh I would love one..

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Sewing!

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