Monthly Archives: August 2015

Kids Should Not Have Homework, Phone Contract With Kids, Obstacle Course, Importance of Touch – Dudes to Dads Ep 25

We begin episode 25 with the Mailbag. In the Mailbag, a man named Colin heard my rant on cell phones and sent us this Huffington Post article “To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract From Your Mom, With Love” by Janell Burley Hofmann. The author provides 18 awesome and loving rules to her child and his first phone. We introduce the Yonanas dessert maker in SuperCharge. For Stuff To Do, the suggestion is to do an obstacle course with your kids. Allow them to participate in creating it and then time them as well as you to go through it. Dr. Ellen talks about the importance of touch in Light Her Fire and Jason talks about the massage class he took. We move into an energy filled Dad’s Debate with the topic of “Should you help your children with homework”. This is the research study article we mention. We finish the episode with 2 quotes about homework. The first one is “Homework: because 7 hours of School wasn’t enough”. The second one was “”If kids haven’t learned the concepts by the time they leave the classroom…the homework is pointless.”

SEGMENTS

Welcome & Intros (0:00) – Jason & Alan discuss kids going back to school for this episode.

Mailbag (5:47) – iPhone contract for your kids. Here is the article we mention

SuperCharge (11:13) Yonanas – the dessert maker

Stuff To Do (14:28) – Make an obstacle course

Light Her Fire (17:35) – How important touch is

Dad’s Debate (23:17) – Should you help your children with homework?

Quote of the Day (32:25) – 2 Quotes about homework…

Back to School Survival Tips, 1st Day of Kindergarten, Brain Packets, Clothing Police, Extra Hugs – Dudes to Dads Ep 24

This segment is dedicated to “Back to School”.  We start of with the Battlefield and discuss tips for preparing kids for going to a big school for the first time (kindergarten).  Here are some survival tips to make the first day easier:

1) Do a dry run – visit the school,  practice dropping off, practice picking up
2) Get everything ready the night before
3) Learn the teacher’s name – say how positive it will be
4) Get plenty of sleep
5) Eat Healthy Foods
6) Create a morning schedule – practice a day or two before

Because the first week is going to be a big deal for them, they are probably going to be exhausted.  In the Stuff To Do segment we suggest giving them a 10-15 massage to their neck, head, and shoulders.  To prepare for school, our SuperCharge segment introduces Brain Packets by Deborah McNelis.  These are products that assist in early brain development building language, cognitive, social-emotional, physical skills of kids.  We debate whether you should police your children’s clothes and if so, at what age in Dad’s Debate.  The homework for the week is to give your kids extra attention.  Give them a little more of your time, hug them, and be sure to pay attention to them.  You can also give them that massage we suggested.  We close up the episode with the Quote of the Day by Tom Bodett, “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”

SEGMENTS

Welcome & Intros (0:00) – Jason & Alan discuss kids going back to school for this episode.

The Battlefield (3:32) – The difficulties of starting school and some tips to cope with it.

Stuff

Dads Dating After Divorce, When Are You Ready, Introducing Kids – Dudes To Dads Ep 23

In this episode 23, we welcome Chris, a dad of 2 kids, who after 13 years of marriage, got divorced and found himself back in the dating pool.  He learned a few valuable lessons along the way and shares his experience with us to help other dads who may be going through the same thing.  In this discussion, we touch on some of the following topics:

  1. Understand and know when you are ready
  2. Establish your own expectations
  3. Be up front and honest with potential partners / can’t relocate / time limitations
  4. Wait to introduce your kids / timing
  5. Letting your ex know about your situation

How to Handle the Youth Sports Scene – Interview with Jason

Jason was recently interviewed by the podcast The Ultimate Sports Parent to discuss both the positives and negatives of having your kids in youth sports.  What is your goal of having your child in sports? How much time are you willing to dedicate to your child’s activities?  The questions and and other tips are discussed on this podcast.  You can preview some of the podcast but to get full access you must be a member of the site.…

Anxiety & Depression, Men’s Perinatal Issues – Interview Dr. Daniel Singley – Dudes To Dads Ep 22

Alan and Jason sit down with Dr. Daniel Singley, a counseling psychologist conducting research, practice, and training regarding men’s issues with an emphasis on men’s peripartum mental health and the transition to fatherhood. He founded the Center for Men’s Excellence which provides various assistance to men.  In the interview, Danny provides great insight and expert research to help understand some of the issues men go through.  Anxiety and depression for men can look much different than it does for women.  We explore these areas as well as provide a few tips on what men can do to help themselves through difficult times.

If you may need professional help or are in the San Diego area looking for a psychologist, Danny can be reached at www.menexcel.com.

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