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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
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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.

Family Feud
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Family Feud

February 11, 2013 | 09:33 AM

What do you do when of your kids does not get along with one of your friend's kids?

We are currently faced with this situation and aren't exactly sure what to do.

We have three kids and our friends have three kids. All the kids, except the oldest from each family (ages 6 and 7) get along great. The two oldest, simply do not play well together, at all.

We had their kids over yesterday to give the parents a little break and it was a disaster. Things were fine for the first half-hour or so, then the downward spiral began.

In the end there was a lot of screaming, finger pointing and some extreme mean mugging. We tried to make peace with everyone over some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches but that didn't really help either. I've never had a problem that couldn't be solved with a PBJ before so now I'm baffled.

Since the four younger kids get along it will be easy for them to play together while the big kids are in school, so at least we have that going for us. Other than that, I don't think we should stop hanging out with our friends just because a couple of the kids don't get along, but, at the same time it's not much fun dealing with extreme girl drama all the time either.

Suggestions appreciated.

-Pete


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