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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.

Would you buy your kid a toy for no reason at all?
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Would you buy your kid a toy for no reason at all?

October 23, 2013 | 01:43 PM

Do you ever just buy your kids toys, you know, just for being good kids.

I would say, 99% of the time we don't.

Our kids get toys for Christmas and their birthdays and occasionally from grandparents, but from us, mom and dad, for no reason, hardly ever.

For the last couple of weeks, my first grader has been coming home from school wearing and talking about rubber band bracelets her friends made at home.

Last night my kids and I were at a friend's house and his second grader had one of these bracelet makers. I watched as our two girls searched videos on You Tube getting ideas for what to create, planning it out themselves and spending the next hour making this rubber band jewelry.

It was pretty cool.

So this morning I decided I would buy one of these toys for my daughter. For no particular reason at all.

Does my daughter DESERVE this? I don't know.

Is she a really good kid most of the time? Absolutely. She does well in school, does her homework (with little complaining), hangs out with her brother and sister even when she doesn't want to but we make her do it, and in general, is just a good kid.

Is she a complete pain in the ass other times? Yes. She talks back, eye rolls, stops off, and complains with the best of them, but not all that often.

Is it fair she was the only one I bought a toy for? Maybe. I don't think it makes sense to "keep score" with our kids.

So what do you think? Am I spoiling our little princess? Or am I just a parent being a parent?

-Pete


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