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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.

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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