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23 // Breastfeeding

It’s one of those subjects we don’t hear much about before having kids, and then suddenly breastfeeding—whether or not to, how to, and the countless challenges that arise—became a major focus of life when raising a new baby. It’s also a topic with fierce opinions behind it. You won’t hear those opinions here, but John and Patrick feel like it’s worthwhile to share some of their perspective as dads through this critical aspect of child-rearing. Needless to say, they play the supporting role....


22 // Attaining Joy

Do what makes you happy… right? We spend much of our lives in pursuit of it—in the US, it’s right there in our Declaration of Independence—but is happiness all it’s cracked up to be? In this episode, Patrick and John continue spelunking into the meaning of life cave. Thankfully, they can follow two far smarter guys on this journey, through a discussion of The Book of Joy, a reflection on joy by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, written by Douglas Abrams. Future...


21 // Childcare?

After a week off from the show, John and Patrick have a lot to catch up on. Which means an episode chock-full of tangents… and maybe something to do with the topic of childcare. Summer is ending, vacations are over, and it’s time to transition into a new school year. The dads chat about some of their experiences (stresses!) with daycare, nannies, preschool, and now starting a child in kindergarten.


20 // Family Vacations

The anticipation! The excitement! The ‘womp, womp.’ Vacationing with kids is a whole new experience, loaded with emotions and expectations spanning the full spectrum. Patrick and John reflect on past trips with their young families, touching on the wonder and the crazy that comes with long car rides, amusement parks, and sleeping away from home.


19 // Kids Birthday Parties

Whether you’re planning or attending a birthday party for the kiddos, the experience can be more than a tad overwhelming. Celebrating these significant milestones while not getting carried away is a challenge—especially when you’re hosting. Who gets invited? What’s the theme? And where the heck are all these kids going to fit? John and Patrick chat about hosting their kids’ birthday celebrations and what they think makes for a successful party. But first! They spend a half hour talking...


18 // Sharing a Passion for Movies

Introducing your children to movies is yet another awesome responsibility. After all, nobody wants their kids to grow up having awful taste in cinema. So how do you start their motion picture journey? Patrick and John think back to the magical experiences they had watching some of their favorite movies, talk about why the art form has been so important to them, and walk through how they intend to share that passion with their kids.


17 // Judging Other Parents

IT’S JUDGMENT DAY, WINGLETS. It doesn’t take long for new parents to start getting relentlessly judged. Before we leave the hospital, we find out we aren’t swaddling the baby with the latest, hottest technique. Or we aren’t breastfeeding her properly. Or we’re putting too many layers of hats on her and now she looks too much like a snowman. But just as we find ourselves being judged, we find ourselves judging others as well. And suddenly we find ourselves wondering: what’s with all the...


16 // Screen Time

These days it seems screens are like cigarettes for kids. Are they the health-hazard we’re hearing about all the time in the news or a new technology for us to embrace? Let’s get real on what it means to parent kids with 21st century technology. John and Patrick share their experiences with their kids’ screen time, distinguishing between the wide spectrum of media and technology—and exploring how the heck to deal with it all in a sensible way. Some further listening/reading on the...


15 // Irrational Fears

There’s a lot to be fearful about when it comes to raising another human being. And it feels like the more information we have access to, the longer that list of fears has become. Patrick and John sort through the many fears parents shared with them, and chat about navigating the line between rational and irrational.


14 // Answering the “Why” Question

Nobody told us we need to know the answer to every question our kids ask us. But why does it feel like we sorta do need to know? John and Patrick work through their approach to responding to that favorite follow-up “why” question that kids have, and why talking about why matters at all. But first: why levitation might be possible!


13 // Self-Care: Finding Balance

Remember that person we used to be good friends with who had no kids, no commitments, and seemingly endless supplies of free time? Things have changed, and our sense of self can feel pretty much non-existent amidst the balancing act that parenting brings. Patrick and John work through how they attempt (and mostly fail) to find balance with a bit of self-care. The article by NPR mentioned in the episode: The Millennial Obsession with Self-Care. Bonus! Keep listening after the end music for...


12 // Dealing With Tantrums

You’re having a picture-perfect day out with the family when suddenly that adorable kiddo turns into a screaming banshee. Trapped in a public space, there’s no place to run and hide. Tempted as you are to walk away and pretend they aren’t your kid, you’ve got to deal with the situation. Now. Forget about the poopy diapers—tantrums are one of the worst parts of parenting a little one. We’ve all been there. So what’s the trick to handling them? Let us know if you’ve figured it out! John...


11 // The Transition to Two Kids

Just when we think we have a handle on things, that second baby enters the scene to shake things up. On one hand, we feel more prepared—we already kept one alive for this long. On the other hand, the idea of twice as much of everything is… overwhelming. Patrick and John reflect on what that transition looked like for them: inviting a new little one into their family, the impact it had on their first, and the juggling act that comes with having more than one child.


10 // Cultivating A Sense of Adventure

We’re overworked, overbooked, and overtired. Who has energy for adventures? In an age where every hour is accounted for, it’s tough to imagine spur-of-the-moment anything with the kiddos. At least it is for John. Patrick swoops into this episode to share some of his escapades with the family, and the two chat about the value of cultivating that sense of adventure in a generation that will likely find it increasingly rare.


09 // Raising Feminist Boys

The #MeToo era has convinced a lot of men around the world to look in the mirror and ask themselves some pretty tough questions: What’s masculinity? What’s manhood? What power dynamics have I taken advantage of? What behaviors have I left unchallenged because it was easier to stay silent? Raising boys in these gender-aware times can be challenging. Unpacking some of those challenges with John and Patrick this week is Sebastián Molano of Defying Gender Roles, who is about to welcome a son of...


08 // Healthy Relationships With Food

We all want to raise kids who love to eat vegetables and “just say no” to junk food, but has anyone really figured out how to do that? With the plethora of modern-day foods to choose from, why does it feel more difficult than ever to get your kids to eat healthy? In this episode, John and Patrick explore their own relationships with food, how they approached introducing their babies to eating solids, and the challenges that come with getting their kids interested in the right kind of...


07 // The Power of Kids’ Books

In our increasingly plugged-in world, it’s refreshing to know that books are still as integral to the parenting experience as ever. Whether we’re reading a book about trucks for the nine hundred thousandth time or fighting through the tears as we try to get through “Goodnight, Moon,” parents end up spending a surprising amount of time reading to their children. In this episode, John and Patrick are joined by Jemma Stringer (a guest!!). Jemma, a gender expert, has a ton to say about the...


06 // Discovering Music

Hooking your kids onto your favorite music is a parenting perk that almost makes up for all the terrible kids songs you’re subjected to hearing. Patrick and John chat about their passion for music, the fun of sharing it with our kids, and the surprises that come from discovering new music together.


05 // Appetite for Destruction

Before we had kids, we had these images in our heads of what parenthood was going to look like. Holding our daughter’s hand as she plants a seed in the garden. Hoisting our son onto our shoulders so he can pretend to be an airplane. But for some of us, parenthood ended up looking like a fistful of beheaded action figures being hurled through the air towards our eyes. And you know what? There’s something beautiful about that, too. This week, John and Patrick discuss kids’ strange...


04 // FOMO For Parents

What role does fear of missing out (FOMO) play in parents lives when the task of time management is already a practice in insanity. John and Patrick talk about the ridiculous moments that make us stop and think about what it really means to miss out on life.