Blog Tour - Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
I'm delighted to be one of the first stops on this blog tour, coming up is a fabulous guest post from the author himself containing five things he has learned from being a Forever Father. So grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy...
The story of a lost girl searching for her forever home.
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Publication Date: 1 June 2017
"Everyone tells Ginny that she should feel happy….
After years in foster care, fourteen year old Ginny is finally with parents who will love her. Yet despite finding her forever family, she knows she will never stop crafting her Big Secret Plan of Escape.
Because something heart-breaking happened a long time ago – something that only Ginny knows – and nothing will stop her going back to put it right…
A fiercely poignant, inspirational story of a lost girl making sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to add up – Ginny Moon will change everyone who spends time with her."
Five things I’ve learned from being a Forever Father - Benjamin Ludwig
1. “Forever” doesn’t necessarily mean “forever with you.” As a dad, my job is to provide for my children, and to keep them safe until they can do those things on their own. My oldest daughter has moved out of our home, so the way in which I protect her and provide for her has changed. She comes to me with questions and needs, but she’s the one who invokes my help. When you’re taking care of children who live with you, you can step in to help any time you see fit. My best hope is that my daughter will continue turning to me for advice and insight, but that ultimately, she’ll make her own decisions.
2. It’s guaranteed that there are a lot of things your children are better at than you are. Don’t let your own preferences and likes/dislikes steer your kids away from paths they’re eager to take. I have a thing with math – I’m just not good at it. But my seven-year-old is a wiz. Despite my own aversion to all things mathematical, I do my best to help my daughter embrace her natural aptitudes.
3. Sometimes fun and recreation are as mandatory as food and sleep. Parents end up giving much, much more than they ever receive. Despite our intention to keep on going no matter what, we all need time to recover and recharge.
4. Integrating a child into your family shouldn’t be a process of making her embrace your family’s style and culture. Both the family and the child need to adapt to one another in order to get along.
5. When parenting, you face unexpected situations all the time. Each encounter allows you to either re-think or to create from the get-go your ideas and beliefs. It’s an opportunity to become a better person. I find that the more unexpected encounters I find myself in, the more flexible and happier I become.
Wonderful words Benjamin, parenting is a long-term learning curve isn't it!
CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR
Benjamin Ludwig is a middle school language arts teacher, who has been teaching both children and adults since 1997. He believes strongly in supporting the voiceless and the displaced, especially their need for attachment. Shortly after he and his wife were married they became foster parents, and adopted their first placement: a teenager with autism and developmental disabilities. Ginny Moon was inspired in part by conversations he had with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices. He hopes to adopt again after his daughter transitions into adulthood. Benjamin lives in New Hampshire.
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