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Cooking With Kids, Dining Out with Kids, Cool Dad Gear, Date Night Formula – Dudes to Dads Podcast Ep 9

We start off this episode with Stuff to Do.  An idea is to include your kids when you are cooking.  They love to help and be involved.  We then answer an email with a listener asking about what to do when bringing kids to a restaurant.  We then dive into SuperCharge where we discuss  We then introduce a clip from Dr. Ellen Kreidman who discusses how having a loving relationship with your spouse is the best gift you can give your kids.  This means you have to make the effort to spend time together.  We also discuss Dr. Ellen’s date night formula for a successful relationship.  As per her advice, the homework is to go out on date with your significant other.  Get dressed up, plan it, and make it special.  We then close the episode with a quote that also confirms how important the relationship of the parents is and how the kids see that.  If you want them to be in a healthy relationship, you must model that behavior.


Welcome and intro (0:00)

Stuff to Do – Cooking or Baking with Kids (3:05)

Mailbag – What to do with kids when out at a restaurant? (7:31)

SuperCharge – Cool Dad Gear (12:55)

Light Her Fire – Give your kids the best gift of all, a loving relationship with your spouse  (15:55)

Dad’s Homework – Go on a date with your spouse (22:02)

Quote of the Day – from (24:09)…

Interview With a Dad – Tantrums, Delivery Room Horror – Dudes to Dads Podcast – Ep 8

Michael, a Member of the Dudes To Dads Meetup group in Encinitas,  shares some elements about his fatherly transition, including the way he deals with tantrums as well as a delivery room horror story.  The day of the delivery of your child is exciting, emotional, and even scary.  When unexpected things happen, it can be even worse.  Can you really ever be prepared?  Most people are concerned with the woman, but of course the man is going through his own things as well.  Join Jason, Alan, and Michael as they discuss these stories and more.…

5 Financial Tips For Parents with Scott Kilian CFP – Dudes to Dads Podcast Ep 7

The Dudes To Dads Podcast welcomed special guest Scott Kilian, Certified Financial Planner.  Scott is a regular contributor to our dads meetup group in Encinitas, CA.  In this podcast, Scott shares 5 Essential Financial Tips for Parents.  Scott indicates he is a dad first and a financial planner second.  The financial tips Scott offers are very important to consider when planning for you and your family’s future.  Everyone get’s excited and interested in investment options for their children, but to even our surprise, there are things you need to do before you start investing.  Scott lays out 5 tips including:

1) There must be a commitment from both of you to do Fiancial Planning.  One of the suggestions is to switch off the family CFO role every 3 months.  He discusses why that is important.

2) Get the cash flow in check – Make a budget.  You should understand your net worth, including personal financial statements.  We discuss some ways to get these done.

3) Get out of debt – Debt is the worst killer of any financial plan.  Do everything you can to eliminate the debt first.

4) Pay yourself first – Parents get excited about setting up a 529 plan for their kids yet they have debt or no 401K.  Scott explains why this may be a bad choice.

5) You must do Contingency planning – Long term disability insurance is more important than life insurance and Scott discusses why he believes this is the case.

Join us on another informative podcast learning some financial tips along the way.…

Where Do Guys Get Parenting Advice, New Dad Challenges – Roundtable Dudes to Dads Podcast Ep 6

For this episode we introduce and explain and where the foundation of the Dudes To Dads Podcast came from.  Alan and Jason are joined by 2 dads from the local Meetup group, Scott and Nathan.  Scott provides insight as to his style of parenting which includes providing looser boundaries for his son.  Nathan shares stories about his kids and how his parenting style differs a bit from Scott. During this episode we cover some questions that relate to where to get advice, challenges faced as a new dad and pressure that is put on kids.  Jason reflects on his own childhood and how that pressure is not necessarily positive.


Where do you currently get advice? (2:12)

What were the biggest challenges you faced as a new dad? (14:30)

Why do we put pressure on our kids? (28:00)…

Should Children Share Your Bed? Family Mission Statement, Video Game Debate – Dudes to Dads Podcast Ep 5

We began Dudes to Dads Episode 5 with the mailbag and discussing children sleeping in your bed.  We then discuss transitions and talk about playgrounds or other places where kids don’t want to leave and the struggle that can cause.  Jason instructs you on how to create a family mission statement and provides homework for dads.  On SuperCharge, we learn about TagaBikes and how cool they are for both parent and child.  We debate the use of video games and learn about a 5 second compliment to give to our women.  We close Episode 5 with a quote by Jim Valvano and teaching your kids something valuable.


Welcome and intro (0:00)

Mailbag – Should children sleeping in bed with you? (6:45)

The Battlefield – Transitions for kids (12:50)

Stuff to Do – Create a family mission statement (16:34)

Dad’s Homework – Catch your child doing something positive (21:28)

SuperCharge – Bike/stroller combo (24:20)

Debate – Video games (27:27)

Light Her Fire – 5 Second Compliment (35:35)

Quote of the Day – by Jim Valvano (38:42)…

Dudes To Dads Meetup in Encinitas 03.31.15 – Recap

We welcomed 2 new members to our Dudes To Dads meetup last night last night and had a total of 8 of us attending.  The discussion was focused on finance.  Scott Kilian, a member of our group, and a Certified Financial Planner, helped us understand 5 Essential Financial Tips For Parents.…

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.


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.…

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