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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.

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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