Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Real Neat Blog Award

This Award is Recognition for Trying to Make a Difference 

I would like to thank The Peaceful Papa for his nomination of Papa Green Bean for the Real Neat Blog Award. The Peaceful Papa's Facebook page is full of positive tips on raising children. In fact, his wife just delivered a little baby girl less than a week ago. He is blogging in real neat daddy time!

Dad, Father, Fatherhood, Education,
Papa Green Bean nominated

The Real Neat Blog Award apparently began on December 3rd, 2014 created by Dear Kitty. Some blog, an anonymous blog with the subtitle, "On animals, peace and war, science, social justice, women's issues, arts, and much more". 

Instructions (if you care to)
  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
  • Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  • Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Here are the questions asked of me and my answers:

1. What is the one thing you would like for your child/children to take from their childhood?
It's difficult to name 'one thing', but it comes down to freedom to choose. Anna was always given choices and the right to make her own decisions. She gained great independence and self-confidence by learning from her explorations, which included risk-taking and mistakes. Her imagination and curiousity was free and it has served her well. 
2. If there was a play list for your life what would be the number one song?
Chimes of Freedom by Bob Dylan 

3. Why did you start blogging?
I started Papa Green Bean because I had 25 years of accumulated notes and observations that were itching to be shared with first time parents. To be an early childhood education and development advocate comes from a deep founded love of children and their spirit.
4. If you could be remembered for one thing what would it be?
For always looking at the bright side of life (with full credit to Monty Python)
5. What is your favorite movie?
Life is Beautiful  starring Roberto Benigni (1997). My daughter declared it her favorite after we watched it in Italian with English subtitles. Perfect combination of comedy, drama and romance.
6. Name one thing that makes you smile.
Our two cats playing together.
Nature, single parenting
Papa Green Bean and Anna

7. What has been your biggest challenge as a parent?
Well, my daughter is 28 years old. Her mother and I divorced when she was 2.3 (we are  
both happily remarried). My biggest challenge was staying positive inside (and in her eyes) during those tough years. 

I would like to ask the same questions to my nominees (feel free to alter at your discretion)

The bloggers I nominate (all are exceptionally insightful and sensitive) are: 


Live, love, laugh and learn, Papa Green Bean

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