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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
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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!

United Through Reading
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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!

-Pete


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