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At-Home Dad: So long, summer

Posted August 27, 2013

Mike Slawter with family

So, we wrapped up another summer here at the Slawter house.

This summer was the first with three kids in the house. It was interesting to say the least. At times it was also hectic. Three kids, all with different schedules, don't always mesh well together. A new baby that eats more than a horse it seems, a soon-to-be two-year-old who believes in being up before the chickens and the oldest who doesn't believe in sitting still.

Abby, our oldest, enjoyed a week at 4-H camp, a week at grandma and grandpa's house at the beach, science camp at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and a few weeks at the Raleigh Girls Club. All in all, I think she had some good times. By far, she enjoyed the week at 4-H camp the most. I think just being on her own, away from home overnight was fun enough for her.

On Monday, she started fourth grade at Jeffreys Grove Elementary. As I watched all the other little kids being walked into school today by their parents, I shed a tear. A tear of sadness, but happiness too knowing that my little girl is growing up. She is slowly, but surely, realizing that she is the oldest and is a role model. Mike Slawter's daughter is all ready for the first day of school

As the summer wore on, she started to act differently. No more did we have little fibs, some of the pre-teen talking back stopped and she even started using yes sir and ma'am and no sir and ma'am more often.

As the school year starts off, we will get back into the routines we have of church on Wednesday nights, ball practices and games and other fun stuff. I'm all excited to hear what this year at school holds for Abby.

Here's to another year and exciting times on my adventure as a stay-at-home dad!

Mike Slawter is the stay-at-home dad of two girls and a baby boy in Raleigh. You can follow him on his blog.

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