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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.

How to survive a road trip with your kids

How to survive a road trip with your kids

October 23, 2012 | 07:37 PM

Last week our family of 5 loaded up in a borrowed SUV and started an 18 hour drive to Florida. There were 5 essentials that made this trip possible.

1. An SUV with three rows of seats. This meant that the kids had lots of room to stretch out in their car seats, more importantly they couldn't all touch each other like they do in our car.

2. DVD players in the headrests of the seats. This was beyond fantastic.Before the trip we packed up a few kid DVD's and had them ready to go as soon as we backed out of the garage. The best part about the DVD players was they came with wireless headphones! Which meant the grown ups didn't have to listen to hour after hour of Elmo and Disney princess movies.

3. A Roof Rack. Not only did we have this gigantic SUV, but we also had a roof rack on top of it to keep all our luggage. This gave us room to store our most essential items in the car, like toys and snacks.

4. Toys. We loaded up the car with dolls, magnet boards puzzles, trucks and coloring books with crayons. The car toys our kids liked best were the Crayola color magic markers. If you haven't seen these markers, they are great. The markers will only work if they are used on the special paper that comes with them. So, if your three year old son "accidentally" colors on the leather seats, no one will ever know.

5. Snacks. Not just a couple of snacks, but a cooler full of snacks. We loaded up a cooler with fruit leathers, Chex Mix, Goldfish crackers, small bags of chips, granola bars and other snacks.

If you plan on doing any road trippin' with your kids, hopefully this will help you out a bit.

Happy Travels!



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