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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!

The Play-Doh Perception
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The Play-Doh Perception

November 13, 2013 | 07:52 PM

Play-Doh

Perception vs. Reality

Perception- The kids pictured on the box playing Play-Doh have been able to create their culinary masterpieces all while keeping each color separate.

Reality- Within minutes, my kids have taken every color available and created a gray/brown ball of disgustingness that makes every Play-Doh ice cream flavor the "mud special."

Perception- The little plastic accessories, like spaghetti maker and cupcake topper, can be used again and again.

Reality- After a single use, the Play-Doh gets stuck inside the little crevices, turns to cement, never to be used again until a grown up with a pair of pliers, a hammer and and extra hour of time can get them cleaned up and ready to use again.

Perception- If you get Play-Doh in carpet, let it dry then then it will just scrape right off.

Reality- As soon as my kids drop Play-Doh on the floor, they accidentally step on it and smash it into the carpet fibers, changing the color of the carpet forever.

Perception- The kids on the box are all happy and dressed to play the part. On the cover of the bakery box, the baker is wearing chef's hat and the movie snacks box shows a boy wearing a movie usher vest.

Reality- My kids first instinct is to lick the Play-Doh, which instantly turns it into a substance as sticky as tar or syrup, THEN they wipe it on their clothes.

Perception- I can't stand Play-Doh. I refuse to buy it for my kids and do not appreciate having it in my house.

Reality- With each set I buy, I'm hopeful this will be the time, my kids will use it properly, keep the colors separate and not grind it into our carpet.

Happy Parenting!

-Pete


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