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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
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This is a blog about my life. My wife and I have three kids, ages six, three and one. Last year I gave up my gig as a middle school teacher to stay home with my kids full-time. This past year has been the most challenging, easy, relaxing, stressful, fun, tiring and rewarding year of my life.

My wife Amanda and I have been married for seven years. She spends her days (and nights and weekends) as an overworked Medical Resident.

Our oldest daughter, Eloise, is a bright, sweet, emotional first grader that loves to talk (she gets it from her mom). When not at school she is most likely playing dress up, turning some part of our house into a playroom, or creating a craft projects that involve: glue, magazines, markers, staples, stickers, scissors, crayons, pens, and a dozen sheets of paper.

Henry, the three year old middle child, is hell on wheels. There is not a house or store Henry cannot destroy in five to seven minutes max. He loves playing with his trucks, digging in his sandbox and occasionally putting on his sister’s pink plastic high heels.

Maggie, the one year old, is as sweet as they come. At a very early age she learned that her crying could barely be heard over the volume of her siblings. She has developed a blood curdling scream in order to get our attention that would make any horror movie producer proud.

Well there you have it, that’s pretty much my family in a nutshell.

DISCLAIMER: If you are looking for parenting advice you have come to the wrong place. Enjoy!

How to survive a road trip with your kids
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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!

-Pete

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