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From the Ted Talk by Joel Leon: The beautiful, hard work of co-parenting

Unscramble the Blue Letters

However, things rearly ever end up how we plan them. Our daughter lliah has never known a household with both of her parents living together under one roof. Her mhetor and I were never married. We dated on and off for several months before we found out she was pregnant. Up until then, my mother didn't even know she existed. I was ashamed, I was embarrassed, and, at times, I was suicidal. I was asking myself, what was I doing? Where was I going wrong? I never wanted the stgmia or label of what some identified as the srpcitoayeetl "black father." So: absentee, confrontational, combative, not present.

Open Cloze

However, things ______ ever end up how we plan them. Our daughter _____ has never known a household with both of her parents living together under one roof. Her ______ and I were never married. We dated on and off for several months before we found out she was pregnant. Up until then, my mother didn't even know she existed. I was ashamed, I was embarrassed, and, at times, I was suicidal. I was asking myself, what was I doing? Where was I going wrong? I never wanted the ______ or label of what some identified as the _____________ "black father." So: absentee, confrontational, combative, not present.

Solution

  1. stereotypical
  2. rarely
  3. lilah
  4. mother
  5. stigma

Original Text

However, things rarely ever end up how we plan them. Our daughter Lilah has never known a household with both of her parents living together under one roof. Her mother and I were never married. We dated on and off for several months before we found out she was pregnant. Up until then, my mother didn't even know she existed. I was ashamed, I was embarrassed, and, at times, I was suicidal. I was asking myself, what was I doing? Where was I going wrong? I never wanted the stigma or label of what some identified as the stereotypical "black father." So: absentee, confrontational, combative, not present.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
social circles 2
black fathers 2

Important Words

  1. absentee
  2. ashamed
  3. combative
  4. confrontational
  5. dated
  6. daughter
  7. embarrassed
  8. existed
  9. father
  10. household
  11. identified
  12. label
  13. lilah
  14. living
  15. married
  16. months
  17. mother
  18. parents
  19. plan
  20. pregnant
  21. present
  22. rarely
  23. roof
  24. stereotypical
  25. stigma
  26. suicidal
  27. times
  28. wanted
  29. wrong