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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.

Summer For a Day
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Summer For a Day

February 05, 2014 | 05:49 PM

This morning I woke up to three sets of gigantic brown eyeballs asking me what we were going to do with our day. It was yet another snow day.

I told them I would have our day planned by the time breakfast was over. After carb loading on belgian waffles and getting a sugar buzz from the maple syrup, they were fired up and ready to play. Next, I told them a plan was in place, but first they would need to put on their swim suits. We were going to turn our basement into a pretend day at the beach. In no time at all, the kids returned in their swimsuits (and goggles) and also managed to find every blue towel in the house to use as the ocean for our beach day.

We piled up the towels and cranked up the space heater; it was actually starting to feel a little bit like a sunny summer day.

I turned on the Planet Earth Oceans DVD in the background so we had images and sounds of dolphins and whales as we played. The kids pretended to snorkel, swim and dive off of couch cushions into the pile of blue towels. They were calling imaginary friends and inviting them over to the beach and they played fetch in the ocean with the dog. They were having a really good time, until my son was almost attached by a shark while snorkeling. It was a close call, but luckily he escaped unharmed.

After a morning of sweating it out at the beach, and stressing out about sharks, I made strawberry smoothies so we all could cool off. Later, we colored beach pictures, blew bubbles and listened to Jimmy Buffett, by that time it was really starting to feel like a warm summer day.

We ended our beach day with a summer book and the kids watched a movie while I made dinner. Turning a snow day into a summer day at the beach was the prefect way to spend (hopefully) our last snow day of the year together.

Now, where did I set my margarita again ;) ?

-Pete


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