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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
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!

Oh Shimmer!

"Oh Shimmer!"

December 09, 2013 | 10:12 AM

Our oldest daughter recently created a new curse word, Shimmer.

She dropped something the other day and let out the phrase, "Oh, shimmer!" My wife and I are really enjoying this. We've started saying it too!

We've created some new phrases that go along with Shimmer. Here's what we have so far.

Shimmer Dinner- Having no clue what to serve for dinner so just throwing together a hodgepodge of items on a plate and calling it dinner. A Shimmer Dinner could include a PBJ, cereal, and leftover pasta.

Shimmer Show- Our kids, as a unit, creating complete chaos. Or trying to get all three unwilling kids out the door to go somewhere. Example: Lets get this Shimmer Show on the road.

Shim-dig- A group of kids, usually contained in our basement, creating complete and utter chaos.

Does your family have any curse word replacements that you or your kids have created?


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