Modern Dadhood is an ongoing conversation about the joys, challenges, and general insanity of being a dad in this moment. The interview show is hosted by Adam Flaherty and Marc Checket, two devoted 30-something dads who are certainly not fatherhood experts, but do share indisputable chemistry and a zest for parenting. Guests from all walks of life speak candidly on a wide range of fatherhood themes, and listeners can expect a healthy dose of laughter, sincerity, dad jokes, and 90s nostalgia in each half hour episode.
Behind The Dad Mask | Brian Manor on Anxiety, Mental Illness, Fatherhood
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five adults in the U.S. lives with a mental illness. If anything, that statistic tells us that those who are struggling are not alone in their struggle. Still, reaching out for help can sometimes feel insurmountable. In this episode, guest Brian Manor, a dad to two, shares his personal story and talks openly about his challenges with clinical depression, social anxiety disorder, and seasonal affective disorder. Stick around to the end for another round of the infamous recurring segment, "Confessions."
The Gang’s All Here | Sean Carrillo on Beck, Channing, and Step-Fatherhood
Sometimes, two people fall in love and choose to get married, one or both of those people have young children from a previous relationship, and a wonderful new blended family is formed. But it’s not always so clear cut. Enter Sean Carrillo, a media maker, technical director, writer, former-famous-coffee-shop-owner, and family man. Sean also happens to be the stepfather of accomplished musician Beck and artistic polymath Channing Hansen. Sean joins the Modern Dadhood conversation to discuss his family of artists, and how his parenting experience has felt a lot like hanging out with a group of friends. Also, find out why Marc’s wife is less than thrilled with her doctors!
Stepdad? Nah... Bonus Dad | Rafael Torres on Step Parenting, Stigma, Fatherhood
Parenthood is a challenging adventure. And in a blended family, step parenting comes with its own set of unique obstacles. From custody arrangements to personal conflicts to social stigma, step-fatherhood, in particular, has developed a curious reputation over the decades. Rafael Torres, a father to two young daughters, (one biological and one step), shares perspective and advice that all dads could benefit from hearing—and why he prefers the term “Bonus Dad" to step dad all day long. Stick around to the end for the special subsegment of "So That’s A Thing Now:" So Those Are Things Now.
Shared Values Make Tough Conversations Easier | Journalist Patrick Coleman on Questions, Opinions, Not Having All The Answers
How do we maintain a positive dialogue with our kids when examples of adversity seem ever-present in daily life? Journalist and Parenting Editor at Fatherly, Patrick Coleman, joins Adam and Marc to discuss how a set of family values can provide a foundation for engaging in challenging conversations. And how complex, real-world examples, if framed the right way, can be valuable in helping our kids become resilient. Also, the guys each take a deep breath and leap into another installment of the fan-favorite segment, "Confessions." [This is part two of a two-part interview.]
Heavy Topics, Young Minds | Patrick Coleman of Fatherly on Tragedy, Honesty, Fatherhood
Our world is full of big, heavy topics: War, politics, racial injustice, poverty... The list goes on. What’s the best way for dads and moms to approach these topics with our kids? Do we let them come to us? Avoid them at all costs? Hope that through some combination of teachers, YouTubers, and headlines, our kids will draw their own conclusion? Adam and Marc sit down with Patrick Coleman, father of two and Parenting Editor at Fatherly, to discuss his work exploring big topics, and sometimes big feelings, with our children. Plus, Adam’s kids learn a new phrase and get introduced to a classic 90's cartoon.
[This is part one of a two-part interview.]
The Ailing Dad And The Urgent Donation | John Dorlean on Fatherhood, COVID, Gratitude
At a rare moment of peak polarization in American history, John Dorlean, a hospitalized father of three, receives an anonymous, crucial donation of convalescent plasma to combat his intensifying case of COVID-19. An article shared thousands of times over 24 hours, along with a bit of good timing, just may have saved John’s life.