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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!

Castles in the Sand

July 16, 2013 | 11:32 AM

I never would have thought building sand castles would be such an educational experience for my kids.  Here's five things we learned on our trip to the beach this morning.

1.  We had the brick molds for making castle walls. The first time we built it, the kids made the walls too far apart so the next row of bricks on top colllapsed.   My daughter decided to start over and build the walls next to each other. 

2. Water was needed to make the sand stick together. 

3. Digging a moat.  They were able to dig a path around the castle and watch the water circle their creation. 

4. Using sticks and rocks to create a small bridge across the moat. 

5. Most importantly my kids learned patience, because just as they were about to finish the castle their baby sister stomped all over it doing her best impression of Godzilla taking over Tokyo. 

Loving summer!

-Pete


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