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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.

A baby seat that holds an iPad. What a GREAT idea!
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A baby seat that holds an iPad. What a GREAT idea!

December 17, 2013 | 05:51 AM

I just ordered myself a "Newborn to Toddler apptivity device and let me tell you, I am so excited. In case you can't tell from the picture, this apparatus is a bouncy seat (also adjusts for toddlers) that allows you to put an iPad right in front of your kid's face.

This device was a steal at only $80, which is much cheaper than a babysitter. I estimate that after a two nights out on the town this thing will pay for itself! Who needs a babysitter when you can just buckle your kid in the "three point safety seat," (safety first) and head out the door for Date Night.

All the old bouncy seat's I've used in the past required expensive-to-replace D batteries, but with my new Apptivity seat (clever right?) my iPad can numb my child's brain for 6 hours on a single charge!!

At first I was disappointed that the seat came with actual touchable toys, but thankfully the mirror and dangling toys are removable. I would hate for my child to intentionally interact with an actual object they can touch. In fact, it may cause some type of sensory overload instead of just passively staring at a screen.

I think it's neat that there are specific apps for it too. There are apps that develop eye tracking skills, so I will no longer be hassled by having to actually "play" with my child. Unfortunately the apps specific to this toy end after 12 minutes, so I will be forced to peruse the app store where luckily there are thousands of "educational" apps I can find to put in their place.

The Apptivity seat also features, "A reclining seat can be used through the toddler years." Can you say Netflix subscription anyone?? Honestly, I'm a little jealous that I can't fit into this thing!

The final feature of this product, that I'm so excited about, is the seat and head pad are machine washable. This will come in so handy the mornings after my little one has popcorn and Pepsi binges watching double features on the iPad, while I nap and watch reality TV.

This product seems to be a win-win, for me and my little one, I'm not sure why so many people are reacting negatively to this product.

-Pete


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