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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.

Disposable Zeroes- Why Cloth is King

June 26, 2012 | 09:13 AM

Cloth Diapers. I am up to my ears in cloth diapers. Our two, quickly approaching three year old son, still wears diapers. My 10 month old baby girl wears diapers. I don't keep track, but I'm certain some days I change a dozen or so diapers.

Why do I use cloth diapers for our kids?

Swirling the poop out of a diaper into the toilet day after day can get a little bit disgusting, but it also prepares you for when your kids vomit in the HVAC vents and you have to clean those out or when your kids try to eat their own feces. Parenting is a nasty job, regardless.

I don't use cloth diapers because I'm some kind of environmentalist, but by using cloth, we have kept trash bag after trash bag full of diapers out of landfills. People already put 27 billion diapers in landfills each year. That kind of seems like enough already, doesn't it?

I also don't use cloth because it's good for our kids, although have you seen those gel pellets that leak out of diapers? Those things are creepy and I really don't like them all over my baby's skin. I also read that disposable diapers have Dioxin, Tributyl-tin and sodium polyacrylate in them. Now I don't know what any of these things are, but I will go with the rule of thumb I learned about food, "If you can't pronounce it, it's not good for you." Plus I know what's in my cloth diapers-cloth. Duh.

I'm also not into using cloth diapers because it is trendy or because of the fancy diapers you can buy, but my son does have a really cool all black diaper. It's very ninja like. (He has a hot pink one too, but I try to only put that one on him when we are hanging out around the house.)

The main reason I use cloth diapers is because my wife told me to. Seriously, the main reason I use cloth diapers is because they are...say it with me...CHEAPER!

For the most part, I am a cheap person. I do not like to spend money. This should not come as a surprise to most of you. Now, I'm not so cheap that I reuse dental floss or I'm not so cheap that I use the toilet tank to keep beverages cold, but I will occasionally call my utility/insurance companies and tell them I'm going to switch to get a better rate. Thank you, Dish and Nationwide!

Where was I?

Cloth diapers. Our family has saved a lot of money over the last six years by cloth diapering our three children. The savings of using cloth over disposables is somewhere between $1500 and $2000 per child. So we have saved between $4500 and $6000 by using diapers that are environmentally friendly, non-toxic and look pretty darn cool.

Sounds good to me.

Happy Parenting!



I didn't just make this stuff up either, I promise. There is a lot more info at the RealDiaperAssociation.org

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