The COVID-19 Chronicles

A couple of dads figuring out how to balance life with their families amidst a damn pandemic.

Episode 112 – Putting Parenting Advice to the Test

Reading great parenting advice is one thing; using that advice isn't as easy. After exploring some ancient parenting techniques shared in "Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans" by Michaleen...

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Episode 111 – Rethinking Modern Parenting

What if much of what we take for granted as parenting in the US is... wrong? John and Patrick take a step back to consider how we even arrived at the modern day parenting playbook, and they dive further into the recent book, "Hunt Gather Parent: What Ancient Cultures...

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Episode 110 – A Healthy Dose of Risk-taking

Some of our most basic parenting instincts focus on keeping children safe from danger. At the same time, in order to support our kids as they learn new skills we're often faced with the balancing act of introducing physical and mental risks. Patrick and John bring...

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Episode 109 – The Battle to Raise Helpful Kids

Why does so much of parenting feel like a battle of wills? Getting kids to contribute around the house—or even clean up their own mess—is a struggle amplified to greater volumes now that we've been stuck home for so much of the last year. Thankfully, John and Patrick...

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Episode 108 – Dad Bod

Alright, so there's staying healthy and then there's trying to look good as the years start adding up. But what does looking good even mean anyway? Patrick and John bring on occupational therapist Joe Rich to share some tips and dig into what the heck we're all even...

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Episode 108 – Pandemic Pets

Pet adoptions are skyrocketing during our pandemic lives. In households already occupied with raising little beings, the choice to add animals into the mix gets complicated. So what goes into making the decision to bring a pet into our families now? John and Patrick...

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Episode 106 – Just Lifting It

How are those new year exercise goals going? Just Winging It is back to lift you up! Or... maybe just to make you feel better about yourself? Patrick and John kick off season four with physical therapist Denis Long to talk about how to setup and stick with a good...

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Episode 105 – Joy This Season?

What. A. Damn. Year. We're still adapting daily with the uncertainty of it all while also falling into all- too-familiar of a routine with life during the pandemic. What comes next? Patrick and John close out 2020 and season three of Just Winging It considering how...

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Episode 104 – The Feels

The transition to the cold, dark months brings on some tough emotions even in a normal year. In this intense 2020, the impending winter feels particularly intense. John and Patrick sort through the latest parenting challenges brought on by the pandemic, how they're...

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Episode 103 – Processing An Emotional Election

The stakes for the 2020 US presidential election could not feel any higher. The results show a country torn in half. Where do we go from here? Just a couple days after the election was called for Biden, Patrick and John process the emotional rollercoaster and grapple...

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