The COVID-19 Chronicles

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

Episode 119 – Aligning To Another School Year

We're once again entering the new school year. And to some extent, it seems we've come to terms with the reality of managing COVID through it. John and Patrick orient themselves to the school year with some summer debriefing and looking ahead to the next year of their...

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Episode 118 – Figuring Out Vacation

Planning a vacation was tough enough in the before times. Now the choices we make about where to stay, how to get there, and what kinds of activities to do are infused with the uncertainty of the pandemic. Patrick and John chat about their recent family vacations, how...

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Episode 117 – Summer Outlets

It's summer, when fun and emotions run high. What are the right outlets to focus all that free time into? John and Patrick bring on Jake Robertson, father-of-two—including a newborn—to chat about summer, handling emotional outbursts, and whales. It's summer, when fun...

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Episode 116 – Holding Fear

What does a healthy relationship with fear look like? How do we equip ourselves and our kids to work through fear and anxiety? After the extended simmering anxiety through the pandemic, John and Patrick dig into how they might look at fear differently and some...

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Episode 115 – Learning How to Adult Again

Remember what it was like to be an adult without kids around? It's easy to forget after a year and a half of relative social isolation. As a parent of young kids, time to be an adult with other adults was already rare. Patrick and John bring Jeff Deutsch back onto the...

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114 // Re-entry

The pandemic continues to abate in the US, now to the point where some degree of normalcy is sliding back in. What will the transition look like? John and Patrick process the momentous re-entry stage they are now in as they are able to operate in the world again...

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Episode 113 – Pandemic Baby

Leaving the hospital with a new baby is already a surreal experience. Taking those steps out into a world where a pandemic was just declared brings a new level of intensity. Patrick and John bring Ash Kosiewicz onto the show to share his experience over the last year...

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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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