Monthly Archives: January 2018

Establishing a Morning Routine – Dudes To Dads Ep 152

Last week we discussed establishing a night time routine. Well, the second biggest battle in the house is the morning routine. The need for a morning routine really comes into play when your child starts kindergarten.

The night time routine can be difficult because you are tired. However I think the morning routine can be much more stressful because you have somewhere you and/or your child need to be.

You need to get your child out of the house at a certain time. The process is pretty similar to the night time routine plan.

Step #1 – Take inventory – Write down all of the things you need your child to do before you leave – eat breakfast, get dressed, brush teeth, prepare backpack, etc.

Step #2 – Establish the time you have to leave the house – Be realistic, do you need to allocate time for traffic, mistakes, etc. It adds extra stress if you leave it down to the wire.

Step #3 – Work backwards with realistic time slots. For example, if you need to leave at 7:30am, they need to have their backback ready at 7:25 and finish brushing their teeth and hair by 7:20.

Step #4 -Establish Wake Up Time – This is a crucial step as the wake up time then becomes the foundation for the schedule. If your kids are going to bed early and they like doing something fun before school, then you need to incorporate that into the schedule.

Step #5 – Print out multiple copies and laminate them – I put copies of the both the night time and morning schedules in each of my children’s rooms as well as in our kitchen. We laminated them so the children could mark off boxes with dry erase marker each time they …

Establishing a Night Time Routine – Dudes To Dads Ep 151

People have been in world wars, some of been stuck in mine shafts for days on end without food, There are those that have been tortured by enemies…..none of these, I repeat none of these are as difficult as dealing with night time with a toddler.

So today’s topic is Establishing a Night Time Routine

While we could have multiple episodes just about getting a baby, toddler, or child to sleep through the nite. That’s a subject on it’s own. We are specifically talking about the 2 hours or so of time before your child is going to sleep.

Establishing a routine is good from the time the baby is born. However what we are covering here is the age when your child is old enough to begin doing things on their own. Side note here: your child is ready to do things on their own much before you probably recognize.

Night time is a battle zone in houses across the world. So the hope here is to offer some advice to make night time a little easier for both you and your child.

The best piece of advice is to create a schedule. This helped “reduce” the battles in my house. Notice I said reduce not eliminate.

Step #1 – Take inventory – Write down all of the things you need your child to do before their head hits the pillow – Bath, brush teeth, put on pajamas, read a story, etc. Put them in chronological order.

Step #2 – Establish the bedtime you want them to have. If you are unsure, the earlier, the better. My kids had 7:30pm for a long time. I know people who’s young kids don’t go to bed until 10:00 or 11:00 o’clock. If that works for you that’s fine. But it is …

Dudes To Dads Podcast Episode Awards – Ep 150

In celebration of our 150th episode we are looking back to celebrate ourselves.

In fact we are giving ourselves awards. I have come up with a few categories and have selected the winners myself. I can do that since I don’t have a staff of people or a writer’s guild or a bunch of judges.

Our first award is:

1) Most Popular Episode – the winner is Episode 49 – which was “39 Life Hacks for Dads”

2) Most Controversial Podcast – the winner is Episode 105 – Does Punishing Your Kids Work? There are people that still believe that spanking your child works.

3) Most Important Episode – Fighting Depression with Gratitude – episode 91

4) Biggest Rant Episode – Episode 149 – Phone Addiction – Parents Need To Put Their Phone Down

5) Most Impactful Episode for Alan – Episode 8 – Interview With a Dad – Tantrums, Delivery Room Horror

6) Most Impactful Episode for Jason – Episode 102 – Everyone is Responsible For My Happiness & Everyone Else Causes My Pain

7) Most Enjoyable Episode for Alan – Episode 148 – The Best 80s TV shows for Parenting

8) Most Enjoyable Episode for Jason – 100 – Interview with my Dad…

Phone Addiction – Parents Need to Put Their Phones Down – Dudes To Dads Ep 149

This episode is basically a rant about being on your phone: #putyourphonedown

If you are on your phone, you can’t be fully present.

Jason provides a few examples of the situation he witnessed in which people were on their phone, not paying attention to the people in their presence.…

The Best 80s TV Shows to Learn Parenting – Dudes To Dads Ep 148

There are some classic TV shows that provide parents insight and examples that we all have to deal with. While I watched these shows as a kid, seeing them as an adult has provided a new level of respect for the knowledge they share and the family values that are displayed. Here is my list:

1. Family Ties – Parents of 2 girls and one boy, they are hippies (or very liberal) and have political views on the complete opposite side of their son Alex. While there are many differences, they allow their kids to find their own way. They are great coaches and mentors for their kids.

2. Cosby Show – While the real-life Bill Cosby has had some major legal and moral issues, the TV show dad and his wife were raising 5 kids with all kinds tests for parents: cheating in school, boyfriend/girlfriend issues, etc. The parents had deep discussions with their kids and would also be considered strict.

3. Different Strokes – The dynamics of an old white rich guy who adopts two young black kids is just exceptional. Mr. D as he is called, often finds himself in dilemmas. He talks often talks through the situations with love and kindness. is full of wisdom and teachings

4. Webster – Websters parents died and he went to live with his dad’s friend George. Like many, George really didn’t know much about parenting but really loved the boy. You watch him struggle with various topics and ultimately have a very strong bond with the child. Dealt with topics like bullying

5. Growing Pains – The dad, Dr. Seaver is a psychiatrist and works from home so he has a lot of interactions with his kids daily. They had 3 kids with very distinctive personalities, always getting into …

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