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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 First Rule of Sticker Club
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The First Rule of Sticker Club

November 18, 2013 | 08:40 AM

It all started innocently enough, with a text from a friend asking if our daughter would like to participate in a sticker trade.

Sure, I thought. Sounds simple enough.

One week later, my daughter received a small package in the mail. There were stickers, and instructions. Oh boy. What did I get myself in to?

I read and reread the instructions a couple of times to try to make sense of what I was supposed to do next. This was turning out to be more like a chain letter than a simple exchange. The only difference being, you weren't going to die if you didn't complete the task like you would with a chain letter, but you would be directly responsible for disappointing a small child. Guilt Trip.

While I was trying to make sense of what we needed to do, my daughter had already filled out the enclosed paper with a Sharpie. I was supposed to make copies of the paper to mail to other kids. Oh boy.

In a rule that goes back to my teaching middle school days, I hate White Out, so we don't have it in our house. If you think hate is too strong of a word, spend a few years with thirteen year olds and see what kind of amazing messes they can make with White Out, then judge my comment again.

What was I to do? I turned to the Internet. After several searches, I found a printable similar enough to the one we received in the mail. But before I could print it, I needed to fix my printer. You see, I saved a couple bucks by refilling my printer cartridges instead of buying new ones. The only problem with this is, the printer doesn't know the cartridges are full and continues to tell me it can't print because there is no ink. So after 15 more minutes of internet searching, I "convince" my printer it has ink. Only then was I able to print out the form, copy it and fill it out correctly.

Next up, where to find some stickers? Over the last several years, my daughter has probably owned tens of thousands of stickers. Recently, she doesn't seem to like them as much, but I figured I could still find some in her room. Apparently, what she does like to do is take one or two stickers off each page, so there isn't a single sheet that's compete and can be gifted.

With the mission of buying stickers, I head to Target. By the time I checkout, my $2.99 pack of stickers, turned into a $54.00 trip to the store. Time to add to the list of things I hate:

1. White Out

2. Target

Now that I have my stickers, envelopes, copies of papers I'd printed out and addressed the envelopes, I just needed to stamp them. Then I would finally be done.

Stamps.

We are out of stamps.

Unbelievable.

-Pete


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