Monthly Archives: March 2015

Creative Storytelling, Baby Sign Language, Games at Dinner – Dudes to Dads Podcast Ep 4

Dudes to Dads Podcast Episode 4 begins with Stuff to do and the idea of switching off telling the story with your child.  We then go into the battlefield in which Jason shares a story about his daughter falling asleep in the middle of yelling.  We discuss baby sign language, an email from a woman listener, and playing games at dinner.  There is a tip on how to display your affection in public for your woman as well as a debate on whether spanking is ok or not.  We finish up the podcast with a quote by Lyrical Master.

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The Sky’s the Limit. Don’t Limit the Sky.

Without a doubt, the single most exciting, rewarding, and scary aspect of being a parent, for me, is to be instrumental in allowing my son to become the very best version of himself.  I feel responsible to put him in positions where he will grow through both instant success and those that may require more effort. He likes to work out with me so he will try and copy the exercises that I do (at this point, he has mastered the burpee…the 5 year old variant, that is). When he can immediately mimic the easier exercises that I do his face lights up with satisfaction and it’s like he has checked a box and will want to modify it to make it harder and harder. When he cannot immediately copy what I do, he will either struggle with it for a while or change the exercise altogether to something that he may prefer to do. It’s in all of these experiences that he and I both learn a little bit more about him. In all of this, I do not ever want to stand in the way of his ability to grow in the direction he wants…and that is scary.

I was sheltered as a kid growing up. What that means to me is that I was shielded from really struggling. I had a strict curfew, was frequently told I couldn’t spend the night at my friends’ houses, couldn’t celebrate getting my driver’s license by, well, driving (my parents thought that the state of California’s confidence in me was not enough), and in many cases was not put in a position to overcome challenges that I faced without their intervention. Consequently, I grew up as one big fat…meow. Also, being sheltered didn’t exempt me from making mistakes. I made them. …

Dinner Time Battles, Reducing Colic, Love Tip – Dudes to Dads Podcast Ep 3

In this episode of Dudes to Dads, we have “The Battle” which  discusses the difficulties we can experience at dinner time.  Do you we make different meals for each child or do they get what they get and have to accept it?  We discuss taking the regular boring “walk” and making it interesting.  Learn how to reduce colic. This simple trick can reduce the crying and discomfort a baby experiences.  We also share an activity you can do at dinner with your family. We wrap up the show with a tip for making your spouse feel great at work.…

Collecting with Kids, Diaper Rash, 10 Second Kiss, Dad Homework – Dudes to Dads Podcast Ep 2

Episode 2 of the Dudes to Dads Podcast has the show broken into segments and discuses many different aspects of being a dad.  One way to connect with your kids to start a collection.  you can share in the joy together of collecting, whether it’s coins, dolls, baseball cards, or even rubber bands, as Jason shares a story from when he was a child.  They also discuss diaper rash and how the product Butt Paste came in extremely handy in Jason’s house with his kids.  We then discover the power of starting a day with a 10 second kiss and how that can change the mood for the entire day.  Then final Jason offers homework so that Dads can practice a simple task which can have a dramatic positive effect with your children.…

Dudes To Dads Meetup in Encinitas 03.10.15 – Recap

The meetup was hosted at a new location last night. This is the first time I tried the conference room in my office and I think it worked out well. We’ll probably continue at the new location. There were 7 of us for the gathering and for 2 of the Dads it was their first meetup with us. I typically start out with the rules, purpose, etc. so that we can all feel comfortable moving forward. We then go around the room and start the discussion with intros: name, age and names of children, and then something meaningful that has happened within the last 3 weeks (usually since the previous meetup). It’s always great to hear everyone’s input on what is meaningful in their life at the present time. New Dads also provide insight as to what made them come to the meetup and/or what do they want to get out of it.

During the intros, there is usually a situation or two that is brought up and last night was no exception. For the purpose of confidentiality, details of the discussions will not be brought up on the blog, but needless to say, the topics make for great discussion. The point of these discussions is to share experiences and insight with the hopes of helping someone else or helping yourself. When you hear guys providing feedback because they have been through similar things, it is wonderful. This is what the group is about.

One of the topics I brought up was about teaching my kids about money. There is a really cool product called the Moonjar Classic Moneybox: Save, Spend, Share that our family recently purchased. We started using it to teach our kids about saving, sharing, and spending. Now when the kids ask “Can I get XYZ?” it’s …

Introduction – Why a podcast for dads? Who is Jason? – Dudes to Dads Podcast Ep 1

Episode 1 of Dudes To Dads Podcast.  This podcast is the first recording and introduction of the show. Founder of Dudes To Dads, Jason Kreidman, explains why he started the organization as well as the podcast.  Alan Bush, the producer and Dude of the show also provides insight and feedback from the non-dad side.  How do we navigate this thing called Fatherhood?  These guys aren’t quite sure, but we all get to go along on the ride together.  They talk about parenting, relationships, and everything else about going from Dude to Dad.…

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