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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!

Happy Father's Day you Fat, Lazy Bum
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Happy Father's Day you Fat, Lazy Bum

July 08, 2013 | 06:02 AM

The missing Father's Day card my daughter made at school a month ago finally showed up. She gave me a great hand-made card on Father's Day, but when she found her "school" card, naturally she wanted me to have it too.

When I opened it, I couldn't help but laugh a little bit to myself. As you can see from the picture, the card was a recliner with a remote control and a bag of chips sitting in it. It said Happy Father's Day, but it might as well of said, "Happy Father's Day you fat and lazy bum."

Honestly, I don't care about the card, but I do think it shows a little bit of a simple-minded view of fatherhood from a half-century ago. I know a lot of dads, but I don't know a single one that I would describe as the tuned out dad with the remote in one hand and elbow deep in a bag of Ruffles with the other.

Funny stuff.

Offensive? No. But maybe time to show dads a little more respect.

Don't you think?

Pete


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