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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.

The Book Nook
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The Book Nook

April 24, 2014 | 11:56 AM

We have a room in our house called the book nook. It is quickly becoming my favorite room in the house.

Because we live in a tri-level house there are all sorts of odd shaped spaces on each level, the book nook is one of these odd spaces. It's about four feet wide, ten feet long, and only about four feet tall.

Why do I like this odd shaped room so much?

There are days I when I spend many, many hours chasing my two-year-old in and out of rooms, up and down the stairs all day long. Many days, when I can no longer keep up, I just crawl into the book nook, collapse onto a bean bag, pull one of the kid books off the shelf and read aloud. It only takes a few minutes for the Blonde Bomber to drop whatever forbidden object she was playing with (fire, knives, poison), come in, snuggle up with me and listen to the story. Usually her siblings aren't too far behind either. They get to take turns choosing books and as long as they keep from fighting, shouting, crying, biting, or arguing, I'll keep reading to them.

How about you? Is there a favorite place in your house where you like to hang out with your child?

-Pete


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