“Being a father has been one of life’s biggest blessings, all while also being life’s scariest challenge.
These are my three kids and we are a blended family. My two boys are 10 and my daughter is 14. I am a stay-at-home father – due to health reasons I can no longer work. However, being a stay-at-home father is definitely a job and sometimes it’s hard to see the work paying off.
This year has been a very tough year for my family, in December we lost my mother, who was my rock, my best friend, and my biggest fan. My children lost their Mimi who adored and loved them more than life itself.
Since the passing of my mother, life seems a little different at home, and we all seem to have lost a piece of us. I’ve seen the moods and the sadness in their faces over these past five months. I’ve seen them hurting, but they didn’t want to talk to me about it because they knew I was hurting too.
One of my boys has ADHD and has struggled in school from and early age; the other is autistic and until the age of almost 4 was non-verbal. My daughter struggles with feelings of not fitting in and of having been abandoned by an absent biological father. Each of these kids has faced a lot of uphill battles in their lives.
This school year is coming to an end fast and the summer fun will soon begin, but not before this dad gets to celebrate the drive and determination of his children. Over the last 9 weeks of school, all three of my children made honor roll. My son with ADHD missed straight As by one measly B, my autistic son, who is in all regular classes now, made As and Bs, and my daughter who is in all honors classes and was very close to my mamma finished with her GPA of 3.79 or higher.
This, my fellow dads, is the reward. This is the payoff and pride that comes along with being a stay-at-home father. I can’t take the credit, they did the hard work and they kept trying, but I can tell you that in my darkest days and heartbreaking months, this is one reward I am so proud of.
I am so blessed to be their father.”
– Corey LeBlanc
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