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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!

Cursive
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Cursive

January 17, 2013 | 12:57 PM

Cursive

Someone asked me if I thought cursive should still be taught in schools. Without even thinking about it, I answered, "Absolutely." I walked away thinking, "What kind of a stupid question was that?"

Then I took a minute to think it over. Maybe kids don't need to learn cursive anymore. In fact, I can't remember the last time I wrote using all cursive.

There comes a point when some things are just no longer necessary for people to learn.

Remember learning how to use a card catalog at the library? Those tens of thousands of cards all neatly organized in dozens of drawers. In case it's been a few years since you've been in a library, those are gone. Replaced by a single computer.

Do you remember writing research papers and having to learn the tedious task of writing a Bibliography, citing all your sources at the end of your paper? Usually for me it involved calling someone from class, asking if we were supposed to use APA or MLA style, then completing the excruciating task of Title, Author, Page numbers, Copyright and then remembering where the commas and periods go. But for today's lucky students writing their research papers on computers, the Bibliography page is nothing more than an exercise in filling in blanks, the computer puts everything in the correct order.

Cursive's final frontier, the signature, is starting to disappear too. There are numerous computer programs that allow a "digital signature" in place of an actual written one. Instead of signing a legal document, just click and you are done.

Apparently some schools agree that cursive is a thing of the past and have stopped requiring teaching cursive. Instead these schools are encouraging typing and computer skills classes.

What do you think about all this? I'm kind of sad to see it go, but from a practical standpoint it seems to serve about as much purpose as a pay phone.

And when's the last time you used one of those?

-Pete


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