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The role of dad has changed for the 21st century physician father. With that comes different expectations compared to the physician dads before us. With so much changing, where do we turn to to get answers about how to be the dad we always expected ourselves to become? This podcast is designed with the physician dad in mind. I am Dr Jeremy Toffle, physician, husband, father to two boys, and self proclaimed imperfect dad. Through my own struggles as a parent, I have come to find that there are several key core foundations that make up who we are as a parent; if we chose to improve these core foundations, we can strive to be the father we always expected to be. Join me in this show as I discuss each of these core foundations as well as interview experts in various fields of these same principals. I also discuss dad life with new and experienced dads, helping us rediscover what it means to be a dad in the 21st century as a physician and learn to embrace our imperfections along the way. This is the Imperfect Dad MD Podcast

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    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

The role of dad has changed for the 21st century physician father. With that comes different expectations compared to the physician dads before us. With so much changing, where do we turn to to get answers about how to be the dad we always expected ourselves to become? This podcast is designed with the physician dad in mind. I am Dr Jeremy Toffle, physician, husband, father to two boys, and self proclaimed imperfect dad. Through my own struggles as a parent, I have come to find that there are several key core foundations that make up who we are as a parent; if we chose to improve these core foundations, we can strive to be the father we always expected to be. Join me in this show as I discuss each of these core foundations as well as interview experts in various fields of these same principals. I also discuss dad life with new and experienced dads, helping us rediscover what it means to be a dad in the 21st century as a physician and learn to embrace our imperfections along the way. This is the Imperfect Dad MD Podcast

    Are Your Kids Savers or Spenders?

    Are Your Kids Savers or Spenders?

    Have you ever talked to your kids about "wants" versus "needs"?

    How do you approach every day purchases versus luxury purchases when discussing them with your kids?

    Does your kid spend all their allowance money on rocks?  (yes, one of our might just do that)

    In this week's episode of the Imperfect Dad MD podcast I focus on the topic of saving versus spending and RECOGNIZING what your kids do.  It is interesting to watch our kids and how they utilize currency, be it money they gained from allowance or birthdays to the tickets they "earn" playing video games at the arcade. 

    I think money can be a hard topic depending on how you approach it with your children.  However, we ALL want our kids to thrive in society when it comes to their finances.  It is never too early to approach the topic; yet, like last week's show discussed, it is important to know the difference in your kids' personalities when it comes to saving and spending BEFORE you start to talk about it. 

    Listen in this week as I discuss this important topic and how I recognized the differences in our own kids. 

    Remember to SUBSCRIBE and LEAVE A REVIEW!  I want to be able to help as many dads and parents out there, and I can't do it without YOUR help!
    Interested in more topics not covered here?  Check out my blog at https://www.imperfectdadmd.com  to see if I discussed it there. 

    Can't find what you are looking for?  Send me an email either at my website above or at imperfectdadmd@gmail.com and I can try to cover it in my next show. 

    • 17 min
    Understanding the Difference in Your Kids

    Understanding the Difference in Your Kids

    I recently released a Reel on Instagram of our two boys sword fighting.  It was under the premise that I usually discourage our boys from fighting, yet I encouraged them to fight with swords and targets on their bodies.  

    As I watched the videos back, I very easily recognized the difference in fighting styles between the older and younger son.  One was more reserved and calculating, while the other simply berserked his attacks with no interest in hitting the target.  

    Correlating these behaviors to every day life, it was easy to deduce the differences in our boys and how they handle daily situations.  Stress, discipline, friends, school - each of them uses their own specific personalities to respond to these external stimuli, and if I wasn't aware of this then it would be difficult to know how to talk to them in times of stress.  

    We all attempt to raise our children in a similar fashion.  However, we all know at once that this is folly.  Each of our kids handles our normal mannerisms when it comes to handling time-outs, eating behaviors, bed time, school concerns, etc.   Some of our kids may thrive on the way we parent, while others may tumble.  

    Today I discuss these differences in our kids and how I use that to determine how to manage every day topics with them, be it school, friends, discipline at home, stress, or other situations.  

    Remember to SUBSCRIBE and LEAVE A REVIEW!  I want to be able to help as many dads and parents out there, and I can't do it without YOUR help!
    Interested in more topics not covered here?  Check out my blog at https://www.imperfectdadmd.com  to see if I discussed it there. 

    Can't find what you are looking for?  Send me an email either at my website above or at imperfectdadmd@gmail.com and I can try to cover it in my next show. 

    • 19 min
    Monkey Pox and Back to School

    Monkey Pox and Back to School

    I didn't want to record this episode.  I had a completely different episode planned for this week.  

    However, we are now 1-2 weeks out from school starting for our kids and this thing we call Monkey Pox is becoming a hot topic.  How Hot, you may ask?  The WHO (World Health Organization) has just deemed to to be a Global Health Emergency.  They don't use those words lightly.  

    Here in the United States we are starting to see more and more cases of this spreading.  As kids plan to get back to school, the thought of small hands touching many surfaces continues to drive my mind into concern for how this illness may spread.   

    Today's episode focuses on what we do know about monkey pox - the symptoms to watch for, the potential (or lack thereof) treatment and vaccination for it, the time table to develop symptoms after exposure as well as how long you or your kid is contagious once you start to show symptoms.  You probably are not going to like what I have to say. 

    Listen in this week, and let me know how I am being way to paranoid about this specific topics.  I truly hope I am. 

    Remember to SUBSCRIBE and LEAVE A REVIEW!  I want to be able to help as many dads and parents out there, and I can't do it without YOUR help!
    Interested in more topics not covered here?  Check out my blog at https://www.imperfectdadmd.com  to see if I discussed it there. 

    Can't find what you are looking for?  Send me an email either at my website above or at imperfectdadmd@gmail.com and I can try to cover it in my next show. 
     
     

    • 17 min
    Imposter Syndrome as a Physician Dad

    Imposter Syndrome as a Physician Dad

    In the medical community the term "Imposter Syndrome" has become very popular.  The concept began back in the 1970s by Drs. Clance and Imes.  They met with many high accomplished academics, admins, and students who felt their accomplishments were not their own and were, in a lack of a better term, frauds. 

    This idea of being an imposter as grown exponentially in the physician community.  In fact, some studies show the rate of physician imposter syndrome to be close to 60%.  I personally blame the COVID era for this statistic, as we have seen the social media community go from physicians being heroes to being villains very quickly.

    However, when the topic of imposter syndrome relate to physician PARENTING gets searched, there is very little to go off of.  Many of the articles are either opinion based or surveys, and many times they focus on the physician mother.  This makes sense.  I have discussed in past episodes how the gender gap and changes in regards to parenting has negatively affected both sexes, but moreso females versus males.  

    HOWEVER, there are basically NO articles out there related to the physician dad and the imposter syndrome associated with being a parent. 

    Today I discuss my thoughts on this, why I feel like it is a VERY IMPORTANT topic to discuss, and what you can do as a physician parent to address this.  

    Check out this week's episode on Imposter Syndrome as a Physician Dad and let me know what you think!

    Remember to SUBSCRIBE and LEAVE A REVIEW!  I want to be able to help as many dads and parents out there, and I can't do it without YOUR help!
    Interested in more topics not covered here?  Check out my blog at https://www.imperfectdadmd.com  to see if I discussed it there. 

    Can't find what you are looking for?  Send me an email either at my website above or at imperfectdadmd@gmail.com and I can try to cover it in my next show. 
     

    • 25 min
    Things I Learned on Summer Vacation

    Things I Learned on Summer Vacation

    When was the last family vacation you took?  Was it memorable?  Enjoyable?  Full of stress and frustration?

    Many of us as parents recognize that family vacations are not always truly "vacations."  Sometimes stressing over travel, food choices, sleep schedules, tantrums, or simply picking what to do when we get to our destination can lead to less-than-desirable memories.  

    Last month my family and I traveled to North Carolina to spend a week at the beach with my parents, siblings, and nieces.  This involved air travel and spending time in the airport (not a fun situation at this current moment), coming up with food choices our boys would eat while there, anticipating arguments between who would be at the beach, be at the pool, or doing other activities, etc.  All of these scenarios could have led to arguments, disappointment, or more stress than when we aren't on vacation.  However, this summer I chose to approach things very differently.

    Listen in this week as I discuss what I learned on this trip and how I plan to utilize that for the future.

    Remember to SUBSCRIBE and LEAVE A REVIEW!  I want to be able to help as many dads and parents out there, and I can't do it without YOUR help!
    Interested in more topics not covered here?  Check out my blog at https://www.imperfectdadmd.com  to see if I discussed it there. 

    Can't find what you are looking for?  Send me an email either at my website above or at imperfectdadmd@gmail.com and I can try to cover it in my next show.

    Want to find other dads to talk to and get advice from?  Join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/imperfectdadmd
     

    • 18 min
    5 Things I Learned in June

    5 Things I Learned in June

    We are BACK!

    Last month I decided to take time away from the podcast and focus more on myself and my family.  As the month of June is designated as Men's Health Month, I felt it was poignant to give more attention to my physical and mental health when it comes to being a father, husband, and physician.

    But now I am back in the podcast chair and ready to roll.  A lot happened in the month of June and I am excited to share it all with you!  I feel the best way to first summarize the month is to talk about the Top 5 Things I Learned this month.  These were

    1) One child is easier than two.
    2) Your 5-year-old will not keep your secrets for you.
    3) Screen time is ok, sometimes.
    4) Let it flow.
    5) The US medical system versus the Ukrainian medical system.

    If any of these sound interesting to you, OR you are thinking ,"What the heck do any of these have in common??" check out this week's episode!

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Mhersh31 ,

An incredible resource

Dr Jeremy Toffle does a great job tackling the issues that confront physician dads today. This podcast is an incredible resource for any physician trying to be a better dad while balancing the stresses of every day physician life.

Wv Reagan ,

Physician Marriages

Vanessa and I were privileged and I thankful to Dr. Jeremy for letting us be a small part of the wonderful work that he is doing. Bravo, Dr. Jeremy!

Dr. Andrew T ,

Living the Dad Life

As a new dad I really appreciate the topics being discussing on this show. Jeremy is just so relatable and a wonderful host. Can't wait for more! 10/10 would recommend.

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