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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.

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Black-Market Disney Guides
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Black-Market Disney Guides

June 12, 2013 | 06:36 AM

Have you heard about the way people skip to the front of the lines at Disney?

From local news station RTV6- "Some wealthy moms have figured out a way to jump the lines at Disney World by hiring people who use wheelchairs. The people in wheelchairs pretend they are members of the family who hired them so the entire group can move to the front of the line. The "black-market Disney guides" cost about $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day."

Wow! The crazy things people think of, and actually do, don't even surprise me anymore.

I do have a few questions about this though:

1. I wonder how people even thought of this idea in the first place? Do you think they were waiting in line at Disney and saw someone in a wheelchair go past them, and all the sudden had this "brilliant" idea?

2. What about the cost? One-thousand bucks for the day. Wow! Clearly this is not an option for everyone. But what if it were cheaper, would you consider it then? Is it easier to to say you would never do this because it's something most of us would never be able to afford?

3. Is there anyone out there that does not see this as a bad thing? Anyone think it's a great way for someone to make a quick thousand dollars and get to go to Disney?

We've yet to take the whole crew to Disney. We were close once, but my wife was 8 months pregnant with our second child and it was about 100 degrees outside, Downtown Disney was as close as we wanted to get. Maybe one day we'll get up the courage and the money to take our family to Disney, but if we do, don't worry we will be waiting in the long, slow line just like everyone else.

-Pete


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