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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!

A Stay-at-Home-Dad Documentary? (Part 2)

September 06, 2013 | 12:56 PM

As I mentioned in a previous post, (link- http://www.indyschild.com/Blog-6334.114134-7327.114134-A-StayatHomeDad-Documentary.html) producers from a TV network wanted to do an on camera interview (via Skype) with me about a possible stay at home dad show. Just like they had asked, I was camera ready; I combed my hair (sort of) and put on a shirt that had no food stains on it. Whether or not I put on makeup like the casting lady suggested is between me, my wife and God. I guess you'll never know for sure about that one. Ha.

I had a picture in my mind of what the producer would look like and how the interview would feel. In my mind the person on the other end would be wearing a suit, with three or four other middle aged stodgy men in suits with them in the room. Instead, I opened up my laptop to see a kid (my guess is he was under 25, that makes him a kid right?) wearing a sweatshirt in the room by himself. The interview was laid back and relaxed. it was NOTHING like what I thought it would be.

He asked me all sorts of questions about being a stay at home dad. How did we make this decision? Do I feel like I'm spending my wife's money? What do other people think about the decision? What do my days look like? Are my friends jealous? What fun things do I take my kids out to do? What things do I get to do as a stay at home dad that other parents miss out on?

The questions went on, and on, and on, and on. For over an hour.

Overall the interview went great. If nothing ever comes of it and there is no TV show, I'm still glad I did it. If nothing else, it reaffirmend why I stay home with my kids. After all, I just spent an hour talking about how awesome it was to be home with them.

It was really rewarding to explain to someone and reflect about why I made the decision to stay home with my kids in the first place.

Stay tuned for an update,

-Pete


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