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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
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!

Today's Cartoons Make Kids Smurfy

Today's Cartoons Make Kids Smurfy

November 14, 2012 | 10:21 AM

When I was a kid I used to love Saturday morning cartoons. Two of my all time favorite cartoons were The Smurfs and Scooby Doo.

The cartoons my kids watch are very different than the ones I grew up watching. A few of their favorite cartoons are Little Einsteins, Handy Manny, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Super Why.

I have noticed one huge difference between the cartoons I liked and the cartoons my kids like, my kids learn things from their cartoons. Little Einsteins is all about music. They talk about musical vocabulary, different composers and their music, and play a lot of pieces of classical music. Handy Manny is a bilingual handyman the speaks English and helps kids learn Spanish (he was also Fez from that 70's Show). Thomas is all about work ethic and making sure jobs are done correctly. Super Why teaches kids letters, letter sounds and helps kids learn how to read.

My daughter is always telling me weird facts about animals, seasons or dinosaurs. Either she's a pathological liar with a knack for b.s. or she learns a lot from Cat in the Hat, Dinosaur Train, and Sesame Street.

That got me thinking, what did I learn from Scooby Doo?

-All villains wear masks.

-If you are running away from someone, your feet will just spin in place and you will be captured.

-Beware of "meddling kids" they mess up the best plans and evil schemes.

What did I learn from The Smurfs?

-A Smurf is three apples high.

-Do not to open presents from anyone named Jokey.

-People that wear glasses are brainy.

-The word "Smurf" can be used in many different ways. Example: That shirt is Smurfy!

So, if someone ever tells me that my kids watch too much TV, my best comeback will probably be "You don't know what the Smurf you are talking about!"

Happy Parenting!



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