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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!

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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