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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!

Thankful (2013)
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Thankful (2013)

November 27, 2013 | 04:05 PM

Each year I like to ask my kids about Thanksgiving, what they are thankful for etc.

Here are their lists from last year, and their much shorter lists from this year.

Eloise (2012)

-my cousin

-bunnies

-rainbows

-spending time with my family

-grass

-flowers

-just the world

-friends

-teacher

-books

Eloise (2013)

-Our house

Henry (2012)

-For you guys (parents)

-butterflies

-frogs

-the world

-birthday presents

-my name

-our house

-the high chair

-Halloween candy

-our walls

Henry (2013)

-food

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It's taken my son a year, but he clearly has straightened up his misplaced priorities from 2012.

So, what am I thankful for?

I'm thankful that I'm surrounded by a wonderful, loving family and extended family.

I'm thankful my daughter now has an alarm clock. Instead of me battling with her for 10 minutes every morning about getting ready for school, she gets herself up, dressed, and comes upstairs when she is ready for school. A total game changer for me.

I'm thankful my wife's commute is now five minutes, instead of 40, or 50, or 60 depending on traffic, weather, etc.

I'm thankful my two-year-old has stopping putting every electronic hand-held device she can get her hands on into the dog's water bowl.

I'm thankful my wife is a good cook, and by good cook, I mean a really good cook. If we'd never met, I'm sure I'd still be living off of Hot Pockets, pasta and sauce and wearing out my George Foreman.

I'm thankful that I get to stay home with my kids. Well, most days, I'm thankful for this. If you read about the morning I had yesterday, you would understand.

I'm thankful my son is polite, kind, and caring (except for when he's tired, because then he reverts to some kind of demon toddler.)

I'm thankful I'm in good health and able to exercise.

And finally, I thankful for you, for taking the time to read my blogs, stories, rants, insights, decisions, jokes, and everything else I've been putting on this page for the last year and a half.

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Pete


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