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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!

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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