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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!

Trick or Treat
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Trick or Treat

November 06, 2012 | 05:43 AM

This past Halloween, in a town just a little bit southwest of here, someone found a needle in their trick or treat candy. The next day someone said they found staple in a piece of their candy. The first report ended up being true, the second was false.

A local news website showed a picture of the candy with the needle in it. It was probably two inches long, stuck through the edge of the wrapper. What was the person that did this trying to prove? I always thought the stories about razor blades in apples were just urban legends, but I guess this type of thing really does happen.

The comment section of the online news story was full of parents saying they check their kid's candy at each house or they only go trick or treat at someone's house if they personally know him or her. Some parents took their candy to the hospital to have it x-rayed. Finally, some parents don't take their kids trick or treating at all, they just go to an indoor event, like a mall, to get candy instead.

At first I thought these parents seemed overbearing, but then I started thinking maybe we were just too careless. Am I a bad parent for not checking my kids halloween candy? Honestly, the only checking I did was to look for my favorite candy to sneak out of their trick or treat baskets.

I guess as parents, we are all searching for that perfect balance between being too overprotective and too careless.

Now if you will excuse me, it's time for me to go "check" on some fun size Snickers bars in my kids' trick or treat baskets.

Happy Parenting!

-Pete

www.facebook.com/petetheblogger


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