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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
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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.

The Formula for Paying a Babysitter
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The Formula for Paying a Babysitter

September 28, 2012 | 08:31 PM

Babysitters baffle me.

They are so darn friendly. Too friendly really. And when the topic of money comes up

they will never give me a number. They usually just say things like, "Oh whatever you think is fair."

So I created a formula for paying the babysitter.

Let's start with minimum wage and work up from there. $7.25 hr.

Of course there are a few variables to add to this equation.

(C)City you live in. Bigger city add a little bit more cash to the hourly rate

(T)Travel time of sitter, longer it takes them to get there and get home the more money it will cost you.

(A)Age of sitter. The older the sitter, the more money they should be paid.

(Q)Qualifications of sitter.

(E)Number of extra kids. The more kids you have the more you pay. Coincidentally the more kids you have the harder it is to find a babysitter too!

(S)Number of hours kids are sleeping. Subtract $2.00 each hr. they are asleep.

(H)Certain holidays are extra. Groundhog's Day not so much, but New Year's Eve, double it.

(F)Are you feeding babysitter? If you are feeding him or her well, no need to add any money, but if it's hot dogs or frozen pizza while you are going out for a steak, don't you feel a bit guilty? Tack on a little extra cash.

(L)Late fee. If you said you would be home by 9 and you walk in the door at 10:15, that's going to cost you.

Here's the equation:

$7.25c + t + a + q + e - s + 2h +/- f + l = Total wage.

Simple enough, right?

And don't forget to tip.

On second thought, maybe it's easier just to stay home.

Happy Parenting!

-Pete

www.facebook.com/petetheblogger


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