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All comments. Replies to my comment. Leave this field blank. More Posts. Grandfathers and Their Brood What happens when fathers shape the next generations? Continue Reading. As a full-time working father, I often feel that I am apart from my children too often. This can hinder my relationships with them, because the one thing that my two children need more than anything else is loving parental attention. But, my goodness, the time I do give to my children is magical. Even if it is just making sure that I am the one to organise the bath and bedtime routines, or sitting next to my son as he goes to sleep.
He finds it difficult to go to sleep without one of us in the room. Or, better still, spending time playing games, reading stories etc. Another aspect of making sure that time counts, is how quickly the various phases of their growing-up pass. My adopted children do this frequently. It is one of the hardest aspects of being an adoptive father.
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But sadly, due to what happened to them during the years before they came to live with us, this type of behaviour is completely understandable. In fact, I know that some of these behaviours are healthy. They help the children to deal with their strong feelings about the past. In the heat of the moment, however, it is hard to accept some of their more extreme behaviours. But, I have learned through bitter experience, that it is much better to empathise with their mood, rather than trying to challenge it.
They also help me take the heat out of the situation without letting my own emotional responses take over. Were they attaching to us? Were they caused by anything we were doing? Was this a sign of trauma which might develop into bigger problems in the future?
We would spend hours analysing and discussing such matters between us. Whatever will be, will be. Just apply common-sense and get on with it. Trust your instincts.
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Over analysis leads to self-doubt, and self-doubt leads to indecision. In , Mathews originally said Sherin disappeared in the middle of the night, after he disciplined her outside their home for not drinking her milk. Mathews later told police that Sherin choked to death while drinking her milk. But ultimately, two weeks later, her body was found in a bag in a culvert near the family home.
Sherin was adopted from an orphanage in Nalanda, a city in India's eastern state of Bihar, in She had lived in the orphanage since she was an infant. At the time, she was named Saraswati.