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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.



January 17, 2013 | 12:57 PM


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?


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