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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.

Oh Shimmer!
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"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?

-Pete


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