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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.

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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