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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
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.

United Through Reading

United Through Reading

December 21, 2013 | 09:42 PM

Did you know one-third of all donations for an entire year are given to charities in the month of December alone?

There are lots of great charities out there. I read about one the other day, that I thought many of you would be interested in. If you're looking for an organization to donate to, you might want consider this one.

It's a program, sponsored by the USO, called United Through Reading. United Through Reading allows active duty service men and women to record themselves reading books to their kids. The DVD recordings are sent to and played for the child. The children are also allowed to keep the DVDs to watch again and again. The children's reactions are also recorded and sent back to the service member encouraging them to read and record another book. It's such a simple idea, with great benefits to participating families. The ultimate goals of this program are to ease the separation process between the service member and his or her family back home and eventually make returning home a bit easier.

If you would like to donate to this organization or if you are interested in doing any volunteer work for them, please feel free to contact them at 858-481-7323 or at info@unitedthroughreading.org

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!


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