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Co-Parents, Are Your Kids Protected…If the Unthinkable Happened to You?

March 15, 2011 by  

Co-Parenting Matters

This week on Co-Parenting Matters we’re talking heavy stuff…making sure your children are protected in the case that the unthinkable should happen to you.  We don’t like to think about the possibility of our not being here for our kids, but our guest, Steve Worrall, a lawyer, dad and founder of the blog, Georgia Family Law, is going to tell us why we have to.  And, he’ll guide us through the considerations we need to make and the steps we need to take to create the peace of mind that our children and families will be taken care of whether we’re here to do it or not.

And, to get two of you started on the path to peace of mind, Steve is generously giving away a Georgia Family Treasures Planning Session ($750 value) and a free guardianship nomination or other discount off of planning  ($250 value) (Georgia residents only).  And, he’s sharing a copy of Wear Clean Underwear:  A Fast, Fun, Friendly—And Essential–Guide to Legal Planning for Busy Parents.  As usual, winners will be announced during the show.

There are a few ways to enter to win:

1. Tweet about this show. Make sure to @coparentingshow, @coparenting101, or @weparent.

2. Like Us on Facebook and post about the show. Be sure to tag WeParent or CoParenting101 (to tag us on a post, type @WeParent, e.g..  If you are our Friend on FB, we’ll appear in a drop-down list that will be auto-generated when you begin typing).  This will notify us of your posting, and we’ll enter you in the drawing.

3.  Join our mailing list.  Leave a comment here letting us know that you’ve done it.

And, of course, be sure to listen to the show, this Sunday, March 20th at 9:30pm ET.  You can listen via phone at (646)378-0580 or catch the live stream at www.blogtalkradio.com/CoParentingMatters.

Co-Parent Meetups Coming to a Location Near You!

February 15, 2011 by  

Co-Parent Meetups

When WeParent first launched we tried to start a local Meetup…#FAIL.  But, fortunately, our friends at CoParenting101.org have inspired us to try again…and to encourage you to get involved, too!  They’ve sent out a call for people interested in organizing or attending a co-parent meetup in your area.  We’re supporting this effort in a couple of ways:

  • We’re going to organize an Atlanta-area meetup, so stay tuned for details.
  • We’ll post meetups on WeParent.com on our Events page, our newsletter, our Facebook page and Twitter to keep you updated.  So make sure you’re following us.
  • If you’re interested in hosting or attending, you can fill out the short form below, and we’ll get it to Deesha and Mike at CoParenting101.

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Call for Submissions: Fatherhood Freestyle…The Book

March 15, 2010 by  

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Fatherhood Freestyle: The Unheard Voices of Single Black Fathers
(working title)

Open Call for Submissions

Summary:

WeParent seeks submissions for an anthology expressing the insights, experiences, and feelings of African-American fathers who are no longer in relationships with their child(ren)’s mother, and who are co-parenting, solo-parenting and/or have or have attempted to do either. This book is intended for publication in mid-to-late 2011.

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2010

Overview:

The purpose of this anthology is to explore the experiences of African-American fathers who are no longer involved with their child(ren)’s other parent but who are, have or seek to be engaged, active fathers nonetheless. WeParent seeks to amplify the often unheard voices of single, divorced, and separated African-American fathers who are parenting their children. Through a combination of probing blog posts from the popular “Fatherhood Freestyle” blog on WeParent.com and original personal essays from other contributors, WeParent seeks to pierce through the deafening charges of deadbeat absentee-baby-daddyism and offer refreshing and enlightening perspectives on parenting, co-parenting, step-dating and step-parenting, remarriage and more.

We seek essays that offer transparency and heartfelt honesty, as well as inspiration to fathers committed to navigating the sometimes tumultuous waters of fatherhood in the absence of a relationship with the other parent.

Our project is still in its early stages and we realize that at this point, though we have dedicated contributors, we cannot make any guarantees about the collection’s outcome; however, we are confident that this project will appeal to publishers for a number of reasons. One prominent reason is the focus currently being placed on fathers and fatherhood by the Obama administration and increased attention in the media. When we have a publishing contract in hand, the essays will undoubtedly go through a review process with the publisher’s readers and ultimate acceptance of articles for the book will depend on that process.

Possible topics to explore include:

  • Impact of your childhood and your parents’ relationship on your experience of fatherhood
  • Your journey through fatherhood, co-parenting, remarriage
  • How you experience other people’s perceptions of African-American fathers/single fathers
  • Your challenges and/or victories with custody, child support issues
  • Insights you have gained as a co-parent, single parent, step-parent
  • Experiences related to dating as a single father
  • Challenges, failures and victories you have experienced in parenting or co-parenting

We are open to any topic as long as it shares your personal story and/or insights.

Submission guidelines:

  • Submissions should be no longer than 5,000 words.
  • Good writing skills are helpful, but not necessary. Mostly, we are looking for powerful insights and stories that share the hearts and wisdom of our contributors. We will work with you to polish your writing.
  • Be sure to include full contact information, including your name, address, phone number and email address. Also, please remember to notify us at once if you move, change your phone number or email. (If you wish to remain anonymous, let us know, and we won’t include your name in the book.)
  • Submissions should be sent via mail (our preference) or email. When mailing, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE) so we can return submissions we are unable to use. Without a SASE, submissions cannot be returned.
  • Each contributor chosen for the anthology will receive, as compensation, one (1) copy of the completed anthology within one month of publication.
  • The deadline for final submissions is October 15, 2010. However, it may take you some time to write your submission. So that we will know if you are considering making a submission, please send us a brief letter via email or mail to notify us of your intention to submit by June 1, 2010. The letter of intent should include your contact information, along with your proposed topic. Your letter of intent in no way obligates you to make a submission. It merely allows us to provide you with information and support during this process.
  • Final drafts of submissions must be postmarked on or before October 15, 2010. The final selection process will begin then.
  • Address your submissions to:

WeParent
Attn: Fatherhood Freestyle
PMB 153
1000 Whitlock Ave., Suite 320
Marietta, GA 30064

Or send an email with subject ‘’Fatherhood Freestyle Book Submission’’ to: info AT weparent DOT com.