Two thirty-something dads explore poopy diapers and the meaning of life.
115 // Learning How to Adult Again
Remember what it was like to be an adult without kids around? It's easy to forget after a year and a half of relative social isolation. As a parent of young kids, time to be an adult with other adults was already rare.
Patrick and John bring Jeff Deutsch back onto the show to reflect on his transition from the carefree pre-kid years with his wife, to the shock of a newborn, to the emerging stability as a family unit. The dads examine how their identities as adults has transformed in the process.
114 // Re-entry
The pandemic continues to abate in the US, now to the point where some degree of normalcy is sliding back in. What will the transition look like?
John and Patrick process the momentous re-entry stage they are now in as they are able to operate in the world again without masks and with a lot more people and plans, all the while still navigating life with kids who can't yet get vaccinated.
113 // Pandemic Baby
Leaving the hospital with a new baby is already a surreal experience. Taking those steps out into a world where a pandemic was just declared brings a new level of intensity.
Patrick and John bring Ash Kosiewicz onto the show to share his experience over the last year as he and his wife brought their daughter into this new pandemic world. The dads reflect on the future of parental leave and childcare in a post-pandemic world.
112 // Putting Parenting Advice to the Test
Reading great parenting advice is one thing; using that advice isn't as easy.
After exploring some ancient parenting techniques shared in "Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans" by Michaleen Doucleff in the last episode, Patrick and John chat about ways they've attempted to challenge themselves and adapt their style to test new (old) parenting practices.
111 // Rethinking Modern Parenting
What if much of what we take for granted as parenting in the US is... wrong?
John and Patrick take a step back to consider how we even arrived at the modern day parenting playbook, and they dive further into the recent book, "Hunt Gather Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans" by Michaleen Doucleff to see what we have to learn from cultures that have kept up with ancient parenting techniques.
110 // A Healthy Dose of Risk-taking
Some of our most basic parenting instincts focus on keeping children safe from danger. At the same time, in order to support our kids as they learn new skills we're often faced with the balancing act of introducing physical and mental risks.
Patrick and John bring back Peter from the Midwest to explore the calculated risks involved in raising well-rounded kids who can grow with confidence and deal with danger; whether learning how to ride a bike or skateboard or develop street smarts to navigate the world.
Great parenting pod!
John and Patrick are genuine, funny, and super insightful. I don’t even have kids yet but I have listened to a few episodes and love the show! I can’t wait to reap the benefits of all their advice once I am actually raising kids. Keep up the good work!!
Funny. Honest. Helpful. One of my favorite podcasts. While these two dads converse about every-day parenting issues, they somehow end up having deep, philosophical conversations about the meaning of life. And they are hilariously entertaining while they do it! I look forward to the next episode every week!
Refreshing and real commentary on parenting
This podcast is so entertaining and real! I appreciate hearing dads who, like my husband, are active and engaged parents. It’s refreshing to see how this is becoming normal for men in our society. John and Patrick are funny and entertaining. I recommend you start at the beginning with episodes because the inside jokes do seem to build on each other.