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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.

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New School in the Middle of the School Year

New School in the Middle of the School Year

January 13, 2013 | 08:43 AM

We are considering doing something that always made me a little crazy when I was a teacher, we might move our daughter to a new school, mid-year. We bought a house in another school district, but still have the option of sending her to her current school as long as we provide the transportation.

Before I ask for your opinion, let me give you a little more information.

First of all we are talking about moving her daughter in the middle of first grade. It's not like we are wrecking her senior year of high school or anything like that. Second, we're talking about first grade (Did I mention that?), there are no semester exams she will be expected to take, but not be prepared for, at her new school. At least I hope there's no end of year exam for first graders. I don't think Superintendent Bennett was around long enough to screw things up that bad.

Also, If we were to drive her to school from our new house, the little kids and I would be in the car for two hours each day just driving back and forth across the city. Plus, there's five months left in the school year, it's not like it would just be a couple of weeks to get through the rest of the year.

Seems like an easy decision right? Well here's the other side of things.

She loves her school.

She loves her teacher.

She loves her principal.

She loves her friends.

Neither my wife nor I think our daughter should have much of a say in this one. We're not too big on making family decisions based on the opinions of a six-year-old.

So, here's the million dollar question, "Does it make more sense to start at her new school as soon as possible? It will be a new school with new faces eventually, might was well be sooner rather than later. Right?"

Have you been in a situation similar to this before? What did you do?

If you were in this situation, what would you do?

We've pretty much made our decision, but I'm still curious what all of you have to say about this.


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