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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.

New Year's Eve Has Come Full Circle

New Year's Eve Has Come Full Circle

January 01, 2013 | 06:52 AM

Early 80's- One of my first New Year's Eve memories was all about the food. I was with my grandma and grandpa in Hindsboro, IL, population 400. We stayed up late eating pint after pint of Rocky Road ice cream watching the ball drop in Times Square on TV. Midnight in NYC, 11pm Central Time, but I never knew the difference.

Late 80's- Spent New Year's Eve with a few friends, drank a lot of soda (although I think we called it pop) and barely stayed up till midnight.

Mid 90's- Carbondale. Bar entry age 19. Out with lots of people. drinking, closing down the bars at three am. Totally useless on New Year's Day.

1999. Y2K panic on the horizon. My favorite part of this New Year's was the Y2K kit I made in preparation for disaster. My roommates thought my kit was hilarious especially since I had been snacking on the provisions in the weeks leading up to New Year's so it was almost empty anyway.

Early 2000's- Spent New Year's Eve with a few friends, a couple of beers and barely stayed up till midnight.

Mid 2000's- New Year's Eve with a new baby. No more staying up late, because the baby will be up a couple of times overnight and bright and early New Year's Day.

Today- New Year's Eve has come full circle, once again it's all about the food. Getting ready to smoke some chickens, grill some veg. and maybe enjoy a pint just like I did thirty years ago today. This time around instead of Rocky Road I'm thinking Guinness or Sun King.



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