Desperate for Sleep
Keegan and adder are joined by commune mom Megan Lebda to discuss a listener question about baby sleep habits. They also cover the news on a kidnapping and a commune, pagan rituals on the farm, and picture books with no words. Mentions: USAToday article on Black Bear Ranch https://usat.ly/2qaBpNu The No-Cry Sleep Solution http://amzn.to/2pGkwr9 Mamoko http://amzn.to/2pGq8BO Mo Willems http://www.mowillems.com/ The Wizard of Oz http://amzn.to/2r1HFrQ opening music: Commune Dads Theme - Nick...
Siblings with Ezra Freeman
Keegan and adder are joined by fellow commune dad Ezra Freeman to talk about raising siblings on the farm. We tend to say that age peers at Twin Oaks are much like siblings, but is this really the case? What advantages and challenges above those of friendships do kids experience? We are also joined by commune kid Lily to chat a bit about her experience as a sibling-less child. Mentions: The Fed Is Best Foundation Encourages Mommy Guilt Through Bad Science (blog post) http://bit.ly/2pGd7vr...
Grandparents . . . Again!
Grandparents again! Keegan and adder take another look at the role of grandparents. They are fun and helpful, but the hosts seem to have missed last episode some of the wisdom and love that grandparents bring to the table. Also, research on the effects of grandparents and depression, a listener email about veganism, and talk about sick babies. Mentions: Strong grandparent-adult grandchild relationships reduce depression for both (article)...
The Blessings and Curses of Grandparents
Keegan Dunn and adder Oaks ponder the pros and cons of having their kids' grandparents in their lives. Grandparents are often sources of unconditional love and care, not to mention sugar and TV. Do grandparents create openings for our kids to become obsessed Disney consumers or beat-em-up superhero devotees? How can one deal with influence of commercial media generally? Also, a look at the BBC Dad viral video, for which our hosts are joined by special guest, fellow communard, loving...
Teenage Communards with Evan Houston and Rowan Dakota
Guests commune adolescents Rowan and Evan join adder and Keegan for this lighthearted discussion about the lives of teenagers on a commune and what comes next. They share the unique educational opportunities presented to them, such as classes on pyrotechnics, sign language, and and film studies. In addition, Rowan and Evan point to gaps in their experience living outside the mainstream and there plans to round out their academic and cultural education. Mentions: Evan's Instagram, featuring...
04 Will Kids Ever Learn to Share?
Adder Oaks and Keegan Dunn tackle the challenges of teaching sharing to children on a commune, where sharing already abounds! Are the sharing habits of commune kids actually any different than those of the mainstream? Adder and Keegan ponder whether forcing kids to share is the only way to actually make it happen, or if a lassiez-faire approach results in more compassionate behavior. They discuss a scholarly article about sharing in children, the utopian novel The Dispossessed, and fill in...
02 Peers and Personalities
Adder and Keegan examine the personalities of children and the effects their peers have on them. They ponder the sibling-like relationships of commune kids, consider that parents might have less of an effect than they might think, and reflect on the effects of schooling and video games in their childhoods. Book/Article Mentions: How Your Yoddler's Playmates Can Determine Their Personality...
01 Why Raise Kids on a Commune
The pilot episode of Commune Dads! Adder and Keegan discuss their decisions to raise kids on a commune, the value of classical education, cows in the back yard, and the quirks and trends of parenting on the commune.