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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
In May of 2011, I dismissed class for the last time and began a new chapter in my life, full-time dad. I taught middle school for seven years, but with two kids and a third on the way, I wasn't able to give as much time to teaching as it required, plus I wanted to spend more time with my own kids, instead of someone else's.

My wife and I have been married for nine years. She spends her days (and some nights and weekends) as an OB/GYN, or as my kids like to call it, “catching babies.”

We have three kids. First Born is eight years old, but likes to pretend she’s in college. Our son, Middle Man is five, but we’re convinced by the way he talks about things like “beautiful sunsets” that he’s an old soul, and our youngest, the Blonde Bomber is only three, but already has the attitude of a teenager.

Our kids provide us with an endless amount of stories. Writing and retelling these stories for Indy’s Child has been my part-time job for the past three years.

You can contact me on Facebook at True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad or via email at indyschildpete@gmail.com.

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My Poor Parenting and the Thanksgiving Goal it Inspired

November 26, 2014 | 07:39 AM
This past weekend really challenged my parenting abilities. My wife worked two 24 hour shifts over the weekend (Friday into Saturday and Sunday into Monday.) That type of schedule isn't uncommon for ...more>>

The Breakfast Filibuster

November 21, 2014 | 01:48 PM
Most weekdays I eat breakfast with my kids. But, during the week, I'm rushed at breakfast time. This block of time is not only reserved for eating, but also for putting the finishing touches on school ...more>>

LEGO KidsFest

November 18, 2014 | 01:20 PM
Our family's always wanted to go to Lego Land (well, at least, my son and I have always wanted to go). Living in the middle of the country doesn't make this visit an easy one for us. Unless we wanted ...more>>

$#*! Sandwiches and Child Safety

November 17, 2014 | 09:21 AM
My kids have always eaten things I didn't want them to eat. Middle Man ate his sister's leftover PBJ when he was around one, before the age kids are supposed to try peanut butter. That's how we found ...more>>

Welcome to Karate Class

November 13, 2014 | 09:31 AM
Over the summer our youngest turned three, finally. Why is three so important? It's the age where you can sign your kids up for a sport or activity and you don't have to participate too. Mommy and me ...more>>

A Car Service For Kids

November 05, 2014 | 10:25 AM
If you ask parents to list some of the duties they perform for their kids, after a likely first answer of short order cook, a possible second "job"they will mention is chauffeur. What if you could delegate ...more>>

Sometimes You Need a Jellyfish- Kickstarter Campaign

November 03, 2014 | 09:19 AM
Fellow stay-at-home dad and author illustrator Chris Routly has a new book coming out. This is his third book in all and this time he's going to Kickstarter in order to help finance it. His short three-minute ...more>>

You're failing as a parent if you haven't taught your child these nine things.

November 03, 2014 | 09:10 AM
There are certain skills every child should learn before they start Kindergarten. I'm not talking about things that will make them book smart, I'm talking about street smarts for kids. Breaking a stick ...more>>

Story Time on a Screen

October 29, 2014 | 09:02 AM
Kids have access to ebooks all over the place…parents' iPads, smartphones, Kindles, tablets made especially for kids, even the library has ebooks on screens. Is that time a child spends sitting in front ...more>>

The Birth Order Chart

October 23, 2014 | 09:29 AM
Have you seen this before? It's like someone crawled inside my brain and wrote perfect descriptions of each of my children based solely on birth order. Lets start at the beginning... with First Born. Natural ...more>>

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