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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.

Road Trip
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Road Trip

July 22, 2013 | 09:49 AM

Our family recently took a seven hour car trip. Somehow we managed to do it with just one food/gas/potty stop. Sure we made good time, but there were definitely some bumps along the road.

We started our road trip after lunch, prime nap time. The only problem with this plan was they only people tired were my wife and I. Our kids slept a total of about 20 minutes the entire time.

Our youngest daughter put a new spin on the age old car phrase, "Are we there yet?" She asked, "There yet? Home soon?" Cute right? The first time she asked this our GPS showed we still had six hours and forty-four minutes left. Home soon? Not exactly.

Due to what could only be described as a temper tantrum, our oldest daughter's dolls were put in a timeout. She was convinced we were going to torment them, so for several of those miles we had to listen to her screaming, "Don't rip Saige's legs off, PLEASE!!!"

Having the DVD player for us was a must. The only downside was listening to kid movies the entire road trip. Their favorite movie was Animals something or other. It played the same theme song at the beginning of every five minute animal mini-movie. The movie appeared to have defied the laws of how much movie time can fit on a single DVD, because I swear that damn thing played for five straight hours.

Despite all of these things, overall the trip was a success. Eventually we made it home. We all survived, some of us endured the trip more than others. When we finally got home the kids were so happy to be out of their car seats all they wanted to do was run around and play.

All I wanted to do was go to bed, far away from the sounds of the Animal movie DVD.

-Pete


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