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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!

8-year-old girl's feet duct taped at school.
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8-year-old girl's feet duct taped at school.

February 05, 2013 | 08:53 PM

Earlier this week an 8-year-old Indianapolis girl with Down syndrome returned home from school with her shoes and socks duct taped to her body. It is thought the reason for the duct tape was because the girl sometimes refuses to put on her socks and shoes. The tape made it too hard for her to walk she even had to be carried off her school bus at the end of the day. The tape was on so tight it took 30 minutes to remove it.

The family is trying to relocate this young girl from her current school and send her back to her previous elementary school.

Apparently Indiana (along with 20 other states) has no laws that protect kids from seclusion and restraint in schools.

My question is, what in the hell were these school personnel thinking? Was this third grader refusing to put on her shoes such a threat to the teachers and other students in the classroom that this was the best solution to the problem? Is this the type of lesson we want to teach our children?

I know teachers have a lot on their plate. It seems like everyday more and more gets added to it. Most teachers I've worked with are amazing, dedicated professionals that always put the needs of children first.

I hope this teacher or administrator or whoever did this is disciplined in some appropriate way. If a punishment cannot be agreed upon, I have a couple of rolls of duct tape in my garage for starters.

-Pete


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