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

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.


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