For 3 years now, I’ve been (and still am) a happy parent. I remember vividly the day my daughter was born. It was the happiest day of my life!
Aurora is a sweet girl, my first child. She likes books, dinosaurs, toy cars, jigsaw puzzles, various games with colors, as well as playing outdoors.
Little did I realize how stressful would a parenting be when a child turns 3. You have to be on the watch. Every. Second. And answer questions!
Love, happiness, fear, stress, tiredness - everything interconnects in such a way it might overwhelm you. And still, you'd never wish to reverse things.
Giving is a key to being a good parent. You have to give your love, your support, your knowledge, your time. You don’t take anything, you only give.
Using this significant date to me as an opportunity to give something to the community as well, I would like to invite everyone to my party train.
You can punch your tickets here. There are 6 stations overall.
Stay vigilant, it’s an important skill you’ll have to exercise upon becoming a parent. Rain may fall, guys, if you know what I mean (I hope you do; always keep boots for a rainy day - kids love those.) Good luck!

UPDATE 1. To find something that is hidden one must boldly go to a place that is not hidden.
UPDATE 2. Don’t overthink it, there is no sophisticated deciphering involved; only a riddle with some kind of literature device to solve.

SOLUTION

4 weeks ago*

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Are you a parent/guardian yourself?

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Congratulation for you!
And happy birthday for Aurora!

4 weeks ago
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Thanks!

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🎂 Happy Birthday! 🎂

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Thanks!

4 weeks ago
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The best, and hardest, job you will ever have. Happy birthday to Aurora :)

4 weeks ago
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Thanks. Yes, I totally agree with your sentiment.

4 weeks ago
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Congratulation

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Thanks!

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Thank you for this lovely post! Parent to parent (;

4 weeks ago
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Thank you very much!
There might be something more to it (the post.) If you know how to look at it.

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View attached image.
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Thanks!
Love this film. Hayao is a pure genius.

4 weeks ago
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Happy Birthday Aurora =)

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Thanks!

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I can relate so much to your words. Thanks for sharing your happines, happy birthday to your daughter!

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Thanks!

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My youngest just turned 18 on the 21st. My oldest turned 20 in July. Years seem to fly by very fast. I did all this alone after their dad passed. Happy Birthday to your daughter!

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Thanks!
My condolences for your loss of your beloved one. You're a real hero - I know how it can be unimaginably difficult to raise children on your own. My wife's dad left the family when she was 2, never wanted to be involved, to support (I don't even say financially) or even acknowledge his parenthood. And immediately after that he started a new family with three more children. My wife only recently recovered from all of this, and she's over 30.

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That was 12 years ago. I wouldn't call myself a hero though. A parent that learned what not to do from my own parents.

I am glad your wife recovered. It takes a long time for any recovery from neglect and abuse. I have been through abuse. I had my own ways of dealing with it and not let it project on the kids.

4 weeks ago
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Heroes never think of themselves as heroes. xD
I mean it in a good way. There are so many people who simply collapse from smaller issues.

3 weeks ago
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I guess I always seen heroes as helping the ones in physical danger. Well? I actually did that when a woman hit my oldest. But that would be considered as being a momma bear protecting her kid, for me anyways. lol

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Fun fact: There is a honorary title in Ukraine literally called "Mother Heroine". Ukrainian President awards it to mothers of five and more children. Unfortunately, there is no title nor any other recognition for single mothers, there is very little chance divorced fathers will help at all (official salaries are small and many many people get them unofficially, so there is no actual legal obligation to pay full spouse support), and there is no help from state whatsoever (I can't call an unimaginably small social help it gives a 'help' at all.) I imagine things are different in the U.S. but I think it is hard to raise kids on your own in any case.

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I had to really budget. Plus I don't have cable TV or go for any luxeries. I don't buy make up or get my hair done. I hardly do anything for myself. I had to stop buying games for a year because it was not in the budget. I found a small apartment..cheapest in town. But the landlord is not very good at fixing anything. So I end up doing it myself. (I have my own toolbox) My neighbor has been running 2 air conditioners recently and she paid an extra $25/month for it. We live in a house split up with apartments and utilities are split up with the tenants. It's cheaper to live in Kansas though. It's not easy and have to be very careful on spending. Rent/Utilities, Phone, Internet, Food, Supplies in that order and whatever is left, games. Normally I have at least $100 left after all that. Thank goodness for bundles lol. Also I will give my daughter at least $40 since she helps me with chores. Sometimes we go to the pond and watch the Geese, look at the night sky, Stuff like that. My oldest is not living with us now. She works a lot. She bought my youngest a phone and pays for her minutes. I was able to get a computer because of taxes getting done and I would get so much back so that helped. Also saved some for birthdays and such. There is a church that helps with food. I'll go there if I have to which is not often because of how well I budget. I always stock up for the winter since utilities gets expensive. I did have to wait an extra month for toilet paper since everyone bought it out but since I already stocked up on it for winter, we didn't run out. Same with hand soap lol. It was a mess in March but we got through it. I think we have been lucky for the most part.

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As I said, heroes never think of themselves as heroes. It is very reassuring there are people like you who could remain nice and supportive and be there for kids despite life difficulties. There are so many cases of the opposite, I see them everywhere! Not the last reason why we migrated from Ukraine where such things are so common it really hurts me to think about it.

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Yeah, people don't know how to manage their stress. I would go into the kitchen and do balancing exercises (While looking out the window at the trees) since it had a calming effect on me. Also it would put my brain at a nice balance as well. Some things work for some and not others. Meditation doesn't work for my youngest but playing a video game does. It's more or less on clearing the mind if it works or not. Also, the individual would have to want to have calmness, a clear mind, learning ones self, etc. I am a very analytical person. I even analyze myself, situations etc. Then work on better solutions. I think for me it's better than dwelling on the negative. :)

3 weeks ago
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So, um, did you try to solve my puzzle here or you're not up to this kind of games?

3 weeks ago
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Well? I entered one but even I know I won't be so lucky :) But I may put it on my wishlist since it looks cool.

3 weeks ago
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I don't mean the train (well, its 'public' part at least), I mean the puzzle GA. There is one here if you look closer. There is a rather good chance to win a highly wishlisted game if you solve it. I don't know if it is in your taste though.

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My eyes are not what they use to be. Probably not my brain either when it comes to puzzles. 0 practice. No time. Well until now. I see some things there but not sure what to do with it.

I do know what the game is though

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I know how to do this now but, I am missing one, but I have an idea where it is but tried everything I could think of. I think I am done trying to solve it lol. Let others have a chance. BTW I whitelisted you, if you ever want to enter mine. <3

3 weeks ago
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I plan to give one final tip on the solution for everyone tomorrow. If you're still be up for this, you may find it in the first post.
And thanks for the whitelist. I've whitelisted you too since our conversation about photos as you seem like a very nice person. (:

3 weeks ago
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Alright. I will check back :) You're welcome and thank you <3 You seem like a very nice person as well. Hopefully things will get better for everyone. I took some more photos. I will post those soon.

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I think I already solved the second update before the update. It's a bold move on your part for sure :) There is something else I am not seeing though. Still lost. Just realized the first update but I already got that. One more.

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Happy birthday to her!!!!

4 weeks ago
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Thank you!

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Happy birthday! Hope she grows up without any big sickness😘

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Thanks! I certainly hope so. It's my biggest fear (and quite possibly of every parent.)

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Bump and happy birthday Aurora!

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Thanks!

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Best wishes to her and bump

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Thanks!

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Wish you all the best for you and your family!

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Thanks!

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Happy birthday to her and congrats to 3 years of parenting!
Thanks for the train!

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Thanks!
Are you sure you've seen all of it? ;)

4 weeks ago
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hehe was drunkishly walking past the first carts looking at my points in my wallet still! Now will have to look and see if I can find the last one!

3 weeks ago
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Thanks for the giveaway and happy birthday to the little one. With my own kid turning 5 in Oct, I've found it gets somewhat easier as time goes on. I was really happy to ditch the giant bags of diapers, the giant stroller, the giant car seat if we were taking taxi (by law here), the bottles...he's more independent and of course the "I can't believe he made that connection" events never cease to amaze.

4 weeks ago
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I can relate. Diapers, car seats, yeah...We ditched diapers a year ago, thankfully. Now the hardest part is the kindergarten. Especially with all these quarantine measures.

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I do love how I can just pack a few toys and a change of clothes into our portable booster and get on with it, not spend 30 minutes getting everything including his lunch ready into a duffel bag. Btw, highly recommend trunki boostapak once Aurora is 4 or the right height for boosters, if you don't use your own car. A car seat and backpack in one.
What's your kindergarten issue? Mine is complaining about going, most often. I don't think he realizes he would just get moved to a different school with different friends. I am clearly too entertaining, gotta get him much more bored at home so he welcomes the release of activities, haha.
I am impressed with how quickly all the kids just got used to the masks. They wear em all day at kindergarten (by law, again), they just get on with it. I was reading a book to him about cow and duck opening a restaurant and serving spaghetti with worms, once he saw the giant crowd of people screaming and running from the restaurant he asked "hey, why are they not wearing masks?"

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Hm, wow, children in kindergarten don't have to wear masks here in Poland. There are other measures though. You cannot bring your own toys, backpacks or other stuff from home - the only thing you can bring along is a clean towel. First few days were awful because of this. Aurora had to go to the kindergarten leaving behind not only her parents but also her beloved toys (some of them she brings along every time we go somewhere.)

Second major problem was the sleeping schedule. She didn't like to lay down when other kids were laying and listening to a story; she has been making her point by loud crying every time. Possibly because the stories are in Polish and she doesn't know it good enough (we speak Russian at home.) Eventually, she found out that kindergarten is a fun place, adjusted to the sleeping schedule, and now she goes there without big issues. She even had a birthday party there with a big cake.

3 weeks ago
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Happy Birthday to your kid! :D

4 weeks ago
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Thanks!

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Happy birthday to Aurora!

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Thank you!

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Happy birthday Aurora :)

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Thank you!

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3 years old? time for #2 then! :D

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Well, maybe it is and maybe we even consider it but, unfortunately, it is not possible financially for us now. We're migrants from a poor country with all the financial stress it's causing to us, so maybe in a few years? I would certainly love that.

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I've got 3 myself and know how incredibly expensive kids can be. I wish you and your family good health and (financial) fortune!

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Thank you very much!
Wow, three is a good number. I envy your courage. xD

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Aurora, remind me of Maleficent's daughter, what a beautiful name.
Happy birthday to her and wish your family all the best 💖

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Thank you! Here is the story behind it.

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Oh, I see. Cool story, thanks for sharing.

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Happy Birthday to her 🎉💖

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Thank you!

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Thank you all for your sweet comments! Just a quick reminder: something might fall out from your attention here, guys.

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Happy Birthday! :D
I know it's a THING you did here, I'm just not good at this kind of stuff :D
Maybe later I'll come back to it :p

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Thanks!

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Happy Birthday to Aurora! Such a nice name too! :) I am happy for you!
I am not a parent myself (yet), but i can relate a bit. You see, my mother divorced when I was 10 and later She married again someone else. I already had a younger sister and a brother. From her second husband she had two children later (one of them had his birthday just yesterday, which is funnily at the same day as my sister's birthday, only with a 12 year gap). Without going into detail, the situation got complicated and the second husband was mostly away, practically left us in the end. Its oversimplified, but detailing would be too personal and too lenghty.
As a result, I had to help more, taking care of my youngest brothers. They were around 1 and 4 years old respectively at the time.
It was trying, even hard and uncomfortable at times and I cant help but feel that I should have been more patient with them on occasions. Granted, I was at highschool and uni, so my attention was not always undivided. But I loved my little brothers, their well being was of outmost importance to me and I also wanted to be a good example as the oldest man in the household. It was a bit like a step-father role.
Your words ring true, even resonate. Its hard and stressful, you have to be very, very attentive and think a lot in advance. But its worth it. There are plenty of joyful, kind moments too. Its a special kind of happiness, watching children grow and learn.
I wish You and your family all the best!

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Thank you!
Wow, that's quite a story you have. It's certainly not an appropriate task for someone in such a young age but with love, everything can be a satisfying experience. I am sure you gave them your best (based on how warm you tell about it.)

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I hope so! :) Thank You!
Also, I completely forgot to say "Thank You" for the train!

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You're welcome! :)

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