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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.

What do your kids think of the police?
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What do your kids think of the police?

August 20, 2013 | 11:58 AM

A relative of mine (a police officer) recently posted this message and picture on Facebook.

"Parents please don't tell your children that the police will take them away if they are bad. We want them to come to us when they are scared...not be scared of us."

Makes sense to me.

I tell my kids that police are here to help us and keep us safe. I hope they understand that. When they see people getting arrested, I tell them it's because someone broke a rule. A serious rule. When we had things stolen out of our garage, I told my kids the police would help catch the bad guys. When someone was shot in our neighborhood and there were police everywhere, I told my kids the police were taking the bad robber away to jail.

Why in world would you tell your kids the police are there to take them away if they are bad? Am I missing something?

-Pete


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