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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.

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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