I find it so interesting that one of the most incredible forms of Social Media is just beginning to catch on. By that, I mean advertisers and marketers getting how valuable an active Tweet Chat can be! #DadChat is less than two years old but has a dedicated following of dads and moms that use our hashtag 24/7 and especially during our regular “time slot” on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. PT, 7:00 p.m. MT, and 9:00 p.m. ET. We set a World Record, as far as I can verify, last week with 267,000,000 million Impressions over a 48-hour period, 95% of which took place during our designated one-hour “official” chat! That is NOT a typo. In no small part, this record was achieved by the efforts of co-host Adryenn Ashley (@Adryenn).
The first #DadChat of 2012 was held Thursday, January 5. We discussed the differences between raising boys and raising girls. IF you believe many of the PC police, you might think that boys and girls are the same (see The Most Egregious Politically Correct Lies). I assert boy and girls are distinctly different. And, the challenges and joys of parenting them are distinctly different. Exceptions abound, but these generalities tend to be true.
In every marriage, spouses face an inevitable choice between their children and their spouse. It is a classic dilemma that confronts every couple and one that is inescapable and difficult. It is especially true in second marriages, like mine. I have to admit, it is an ongoing issue in our home and one I’m trying to figure out with the right amount of love and respect shown towards everyone.
Some therapists advise that the husband/wife should always come first. Others, like Dr. Laura, advise to always put the kids first. As with much of her advice, I think it’s too cut-and-dried and doesn’t take into consideration the grays of life. In my case, I was raising my boys alone for several years and the bond we had was deep, plus the hurt from their mom abandoning them was deep and different for each of them.