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Daddy Unscripted is a podcast about being a Dad. Each episode is a loose conversation with the host and his guest, talking about their history with their own Dad, how they approach being a Dad, and how they manage doing so within their walk of life.

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    • 5.0, 36 Ratings

Daddy Unscripted is a podcast about being a Dad. Each episode is a loose conversation with the host and his guest, talking about their history with their own Dad, how they approach being a Dad, and how they manage doing so within their walk of life.

    WHAT Is Life Like For Dr. Ana In Romania?

    WHAT Is Life Like For Dr. Ana In Romania?

    The 2nd Episode of my side series of the Daddy Unscripted podcast: We're Here Alone Together (W.H.A.T.) features my longtime friend Ana who is a doctor in Bucharest, Romania. 


    When I started this side project of my podcast, I immediately thought of Ana and a conversation I had with her a little over a month ago about how things got out of control quickly with the spread of the Corona Virus. 


    The stories she told were both fascinating and immensely troubling. Ana talked about a large number of Romanian citizens who were lying about their travels after returning to the country from Italy (where the virus had begun its massive rampage of the country). 


    I'm not pulling in a fact-checker here, because I am not a news source. So, let's just be clear on that. But some of what she told me is just so sensational. A Senator who was infected that refused to go into quarantine who continued to speak in public and meet with people. A policeman who was infected that, amongst other things, went to a club with 200 or more people in attendance. These people who lied about their travels from Italy. One of them was because he had been in Italy with his mistress and didn't want to get caught in the lie by his wife.


    I've known Ana for close to 15 years now and when we started talking about how Romania was getting affected by Covid-19 when everything started happening, I became instantly concerned for her well-being. I, honestly and a bit selfishly was relieved when I learned that she wasn't being moved into any front line work at the hospital with Covid patients. 


    However, as you hear in her own words, the changes put into place as to what Ana's job would now entail may have kept her slightly safer, but it also crushed her morale a bit: keeping her from doing what she has spent so much of her life working toward: helping others. Essentially, this has all left Ana feeling very useless. And hearing Ana verbalize that made me incredibly sad. 


    We spent some time talking about how people all over are dealing with this same feeling of uselessness. The reality that this exists all over is important to recognize.


    As I say in each episode: for anyone who may need help during any difficult times: the National Suicide Prevention hotline: (800) 273-8255. Also, I have a Google Voice Number for ANY of you to use: (872) 444-6784. Leave me a message there and I will get in touch with you... or you can even just use that as a safe place to vent or whatever it may be. 


    Daddy Unscripted can be found on:


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    Twitter: @DaddyUnscripted
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    Website: www.daddyunscripted.com


    Daddy Unscripted is proud to be a part of Osiris Media! You can check out the Osiris Media website to see what other great podcasts are part of the network by going to OsirisPod.com. Osiris is partnered with JamBase and JamBase empowers music fans everywhere to go see live music. You should check them out at Jambase.com.


    Intro and Outro music proudly provided with a partnership by Umphrey's McGee. Check them out at www.Umphreys.com


    You can send questions and suggestions for future guests to us via email to daddyunscripted@gmail.com and you can use my Google Voice Number at 872.444.6784.
     
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    • 51 min
    Matt Darwin's Family Is Growing

    Matt Darwin's Family Is Growing

    Episode 83: Matt Darwin, listener of the podcast, becomes an important guest! Matt was so real, honest, and open in this conversation about the path for him and his wife from having an only child to adding a 4th to their little family of 3.


    Matt normally would be making the commute to his law firm in Manhattan from his home in New Jersey on the daily. But, at the time we recorded this (April 8, 2020), shelter-in-place and quarantine life had been underway for close to a month. We spent some time talking about how things are on the east coast for him with the new world we find ourselves in currently.


    Matt reached out to me with the proposition of being a guest with a story that he had not yet heard on the podcast: parents toiling with the decision to add another child to their family or not. We agreed it would be a great discussion to have for multiple reasons. It took us some time to nail everything down to record and, by the time we got everything settled, Matt reached back out to me with some news.


    Life has its way, oftentimes, of making decisions for us. Matt's wife had recently told him that she was pregnant again. While our conversation was going to be more about "are we really going to do this?", it looked like we now were going to talk about "how are we going to do this?"


    Matt's wife works as a psychotherapist. Matt details that she dealt with some level of postpartum depression after their first child was born. So, the discussions they have had about preparing for what may occur down the road with their second child are incredibly important. Not just for them and their future family, but for some of us all to hear, as well. The self-awareness is real!


    I said it more than once in this episode: I am proud of the braveness and foresight that Matt and his wife have displayed and are still working through. I would give them both a huge award (if I had two of these) for doing the tough work of not only being real about who they are, but what they can to better that situation for themselves, their first-born and for their soon to be new-comer.


    Daddy Unscripted can be found on:


    iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher Radio | Google Play | Tune-In Radio


    Twitter: @DaddyUnscripted
    Facebook: Daddy Unscripted
    Website: www.daddyunscripted.com


    Daddy Unscripted is proud to be a part of Osiris Media! You can check out the Osiris Media website to see what other great podcasts are part of the network by going to OsirisPod.com. Osiris is partnered with JamBase and JamBase empowers music fans everywhere to go see live music. You should check them out at Jambase.com.


    Intro and Outro music proudly provided with a partnership by Umphrey's McGee. Check them out at www.Umphreys.com


    You can send questions and suggestions for future guests to us via email to daddyunscripted@gmail.com and you can always use my Google Voice number for comments, questions, etc.: (872) 444-6784.
     
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    What is WHAT?

    What is WHAT?

    The Introductory episode to the Daddy Unscripted side subset of episodes called We're Here Alone Together aka W.H.A.T.


    As I was recording a Live Youtube video on April 11, a vague notion I had became a solid plan. I was talking about "how are we coping with this new world right now" with Aaron and Apple from the No Simple Road podcast and Mike Finoia from the Amigos podcast. You can watch that video on the Osiris Media youtube channel, by the way.


    I had already completed my 2-part episodes called "Love In The Time Of Covid". As an "essential worker", and one who manages a staff of 40+ other essential workers, this time has been very impactful for me. I have really had to take on the task of being very mindful of my own emotions and mindset. Not only am I also responsible for my wife and two kids, but I feel the weight of that responsibility for all of the people at my work, as well. 


    I've talked with a lot of people during this time and I've heard a myriad of stories of how people's lives have changed and are being affected. I think it's important, now more than ever, for us to talk openly about things. Communication is so meaningful to us, as humans. And, now, that is being put to the test. Whether it's because we are in some semblance of quarantine or shelter-in-place in our homes... or because, when we are out in the world, for a lot of us, we are wearing masks. 


    So, I decided to explore what's going on in people's lives right now. All kinds of people, from a myriad of backgrounds and locations. And, quite exciting for me: this is opening up the podcast to my talking to ANYONE. Yep... not just Dads, but Moms too. And not just parents, really, either. So, don't be surprised if I take this opportunity to record with a lot more women than men for this little podcast side-road. 


    I hope you'll join all of us on this journey. I expect to learn a lot about the human spirit, new ways that some of us can cope and help our family members through this time as well as gaining some perspective on what some of us may be going through and locking arms with other lovely humans. 


    As I say in each episode: for anyone who may need help during any difficult times: the National Suicide Prevention hotline: (800) 273-8255. Also, I have a Google Voice Number for ANY of you to use: (872) 444-6784. Leave me a message there and I will get in touch with you... or you can even just use that as a safe place to vent or whatever it may be. 


    Daddy Unscripted can be found on:


    iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher Radio | Google Play | Tune-In Radio


    Twitter: @DaddyUnscripted
    Facebook: Daddy Unscripted
    Website: www.daddyunscripted.com


    Daddy Unscripted is proud to be a part of the Osiris Media! You can check out the Osiris Media website to see what other great podcasts are part of the network by going to OsirisPod.com. Osiris is partnered with JamBase and JamBase empowers music fans everywhere to go see live music. You should check them out at Jambase.com.


    Intro and Outro music proudly provided with a partnership by Umphrey's McGee. Check them out at www.Umphreys.com


    You can send questions and suggestions for future guests to us via email to daddyunscripted@gmail.com and you can use my Google Voice Number at 872.444.6784.
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 11 min
    WHAT Does Jose Rosado Do For Mental Health?

    WHAT Does Jose Rosado Do For Mental Health?

    The official First Episode of my side series of the Daddy Unscripted podcast: We're Here Alone Together (W.H.A.T.) is here. My guest is Jose Rosado, who was on Daddy Unscripted Episodes 7 and 10. If you remember, Jose was instrumental in helping Daddy Unscripted become a podcast. A big part of that is because Jose had his own podcast going strong back then: The Angry Millenial Podcast. 


    Jose works in the Mental Health field and his family of four live in Maryland. His wife (Jess) and I have been friends for close to 15 years now. Jess is extremely talented and gifted in many ways and when the whole Corona Virus thing started sweeping through, she was one of the people who took it upon themselves to learn how to make masks. She quickly started working day in and out, making masks to donate to local hospitals and healthcare workers. She made quite a number of masks for the staff at the animal hospital I manage and you should check out all of her stuff at www.umecreative.com 


    In this episode, Jose and I talk about how the quarantine situation and sheltering-in-place can definitely mess with a person's mental health. He made it very clear that if you do need to work with a therapist at any level, but never locked in with one before this all started, you can still make that happen! He suggested going to https://www.psychologytoday.com/us and using the site to find a therapist.  


    I'm so glad we had this conversation just in time for the start of Mental Health Awareness Month, May of 2020. I mean: EVERY month in 2020 should absolutely continue to focus on our Mental Health. Right?


    As I say in each episode: for anyone who may need help during any difficult times: the National Suicide Prevention hotline: (800) 273-8255. Also, I have a Google Voice Number for ANY of you to use: (872) 444-6784. Leave me a message there and I will get in touch with you... or you can even just use that as a safe place to vent or whatever it may be. 


    Daddy Unscripted can be found on:


    iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher Radio | Google Play | Tune-In Radio


    Twitter: @DaddyUnscripted
    Facebook: Daddy Unscripted
    Website: www.daddyunscripted.com


    Daddy Unscripted is proud to be a part of Osiris Media! You can check out the Osiris Media website to see what other great podcasts are part of the network by going to OsirisPod.com. Osiris is partnered with JamBase and JamBase empowers music fans everywhere to go see live music. You should check them out at Jambase.com.


    Intro and Outro music proudly provided with a partnership by Umphrey's McGee. Check them out at www.Umphreys.com


    You can send questions and suggestions for future guests to us via email to daddyunscripted@gmail.com and you can use my Google Voice Number at 872.444.6784.
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 41 min
    Love In The Time Of Covid, Pt. 2

    Love In The Time Of Covid, Pt. 2

    Episode 80 is another solo episode, sans guest, and the final half of my thoughts on the place we all find ourselves in currently: in the middle of this global pandemic of Covid-19 or the Corona Virus. I recorded this episode on Friday, April 3, 2020. I'm typing this on Sunday, April 5, and the current statistics are 1,266,614 cases, 69,169 deaths and 260,967 recoveries worldwide this afternoon. That means there were more than 200,000 new cases, 11,000 new deaths and 33,000 new recoveries over this weekend.


    In the first half of this, from last week, I spent a lot of time talking about my feelings regarding our responsibilities, not only for a lot of us as parents but for all of us as humans and mostly... as adults.


    With this episode, I still have an undercurrent of that just beneath the surface, but a lot of this episode is spent giving you more tangible and practical takeaways to your new everyday lives right now. Whatever that may be: I think nearly all of us are living in some form of a "new normal". 


    One of the positives that I hope comes out of this pandemic is our newfound understanding and respect for people in many different professions. The low-hanging fruit is, of course, people on the front lines in the healthcare industry. Doctors, nurses... all of them. The risk they are putting themselves in right now is, at times, baffling how they can do it, day after day. 


    Some of the other people I have really felt a need to recognize: people working at restaurants, people at grocery stores. Let's also talk about teachers. Come on. If you haven't raised a glass to the people who are teaching all of our kids at school over the course of a school year, please do so now. 


    It's imperative that we do our best to consider how this all affects our children. Think about how upside-down their worlds have become. They have lost touch significantly (in some cases, they may have lost touch altogether) with their classmates. How many of you had one or more favorite teachers? Remember how great it was to see them every weekday and be in their class? Think about that giant hole in their lives now. 


    With that loss of the normal school day, also comes the loss of what that schedule brings to them in regards to their health. They no longer have whatever spacing out of their food intake, which also may have included your input if you were packing lunches for those younger kids. So, how much and how often are they eating now? And what, exactly, are they eating... that maybe wasn't in their day-to-day previously?  


    WHO and the CDC both recommend that children should perform at least 60 minutes' worth of moderate to vigorous levels of physical activity on a daily basis. Are you keeping that up for your kids right now? There are so many ways to accomplish this, even during whatever your community's current level of quarantine or shelter-in-place may be. 


    There's a website and an app called Go Noodle that is a free resource for kids to visit to be active and stay healthy. My kids love using that site, actually and I've done a few of the dances with them, too. Cosmic Kids is another great place, that even has yoga for kids. 


    You may not even know that the YMCA has something called YMCA360 (that they recently made free for people) that you can access for all of this, as well. It can be as simple, even, as looking things up on Youtube for your kids to do some activities at home. 


    Stress eating is not just an adult deal, everyone. So, remember that your kids may be picking up on your stress or even have their own about this crazy time right now. So, it's important and not at all mean of you to keep track of what your kids are eating throughout the day. It's important that we don't just let everything go by the wayside just because of the state of the world right now. I'm tempted to say: if you want to, yourselves, that is f

    • 46 min
    Love in the Time of Covid, Pt. 1

    Love in the Time of Covid, Pt. 1

    Episode 79 is another solo episode, sans guest. As we find ourselves in the middle of this global pandemic, I felt compelled to speak a little in regards to how this affects all of us, whether it is us as parents, our children, our own parents. All humans are in some way having their lives changed by the existence of Covid-19 or the Corona Virus.


    If you've been following along with your Daddy Unscripted handbook for a while, you know that I manage an animal hospital as my 9-5 job. Managing the staff there during this time of crisis has really raised the bar for me. I have had to work harder than ever to dig deep within myself, to basically tap into every single one of the tools in my emotional utility belt to assist the 40+ people at our hospital to help them work through having to continue to work during this time. Not only that, but to also help a great many of them deal with what all of this does to exacerbate what may already be their daily anxiety level with "normal life". 


    This also speaks to something I have definitely talked about numerous times: the example that we set for our children, as they soak up the things we do like sponges. Of course, the extreme on this is the people who drive me out of my mind. People who express unwarranted and unabashed anger and/or racism in front of their kids. 


    I feel like the current climate in the world is allowing us another one of those moments in our lives to rise to the occasion. I feel it's important for us to recognize that, as parents, we are currently responsible for raising the adults of what will be this new world. Like it or not, the world is changing. At times, it almost feels like Earth is trying to slough off its old skin right now and become a fresh planet.


    To me, it feels like there is a lot of tightrope walking that we need to do right at this time. Walking on the edge of not losing sight of our responsibilities, while not allowing that to become a straightjacket that restricts us from being present for our kids.


    I feel silly and like "that guy" by sort of making a plea on this episode for people to take this seriously and do their part right now to help us flatten the curve. I also feel silly that I have to type that last sentence. How is it that people can be apathetic about the state of humankind right now? 


    I alluded to the articles or the headlines I've seen more than once about statistics showing that men are either more susceptible to the Corona Virus or that their mortality rate is higher than women. I've yet to delve into that data, but, it's definitely solidified my already present desire to not get this! 


    What it can break down to is: what does it hurt for all of us to be extra cautious right now? Why is it so difficult for us to just shelter in place, stay home, try to do everything to minimize our contact with others and do what we can for a while to try and help cease the spread. Slow it down. 


    Acting responsibly and doing what appears to be the obvious and right thing right now is important. Also, as much as it may suck for your kids, I truly believe they will respect your decisions.


    I started to go down a path that I basically stopped myself from ending. Instead, in this typed out version, I will just say: thank you to all of the people who are tirelessly working in healthcare. The people who are trying their best in the conditions they are dealing with to try and not only help people who need help in any other "every-day way" in their hospitals, but also to have to deal with all of the people coming in that are at such a bad level with Covid-19. 


    For me, personally, I want to thank people like Ana in Romania, Sarah in Las Vegas and even my niece Megan out here in So Cal. Thank you for doing all that you are doing right now. 


    While we are in shout-out zone, I also put out a big one in this episode to all of the teachers

    • 29 min

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36 Ratings

36 Ratings

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Insightful and Interesting

Tim does such a great job with this podcast, coaxing stories from people like me and sharing them with the world. I've loved listening to other dads share their stories, and learned so much about people I would have never known. Good stuff.

Southern Songs and Stories ,

Real, meaningful conversation

Time Wheaton is consistently producing thoughtful and compelling podcasts in this series. I have enjoyed his guests, his interviewing style, and the overall quality of his work. Even if you are not a dad, this podcast will offer something of substance that you can appreciate.

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Perspective that matters!

Thank you Tim for taking the time, effort and energy to create something that helps all of us relate to the struggles and more importantly the joys of fatherhood. It's easy to get lost in the reasons we work or spend time away from our families as dads sometimes but this podcast reminds us of our most important and most enjoyable job, being a good dad.

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