Episode 31 – Perception of Time

When you become a parent, time and its passing can quickly become an obsession. The whole notion of time, of memory, of aging surfaces constantly as that little being grows. John and Patrick stumble into this episode's subject, looking at how they perceive time and...

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Episode 30 – Cultivating Character (Avoiding Entitlement)

Maybe there's more to this whole identity thing after all. While our kids are the center of our world, how do we raise them to know they aren't the center of the world? Patrick and John go deeper to explore a parent's role in cultivating moral character, this time...

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Episode 29 – Forming Identity

Much of the time our focus as parents is on the now; helping our kids and ourselves navigate daily life. But we're also playing the long game, attempting to raise what we hope will become well-adjusted, self-sufficient human beings. Who are our kids going to be when...

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Episode 28 – Halloween

This is Halloween! A day that doesn't come with the stresses of most holidays, Halloween becomes all the more fun to celebrate with kids. Hang out with Patrick and John for a spooktacular conversation about festivities, costumes, and frights. And maybe something about...

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Episode 27 – Grasping Death

There's a moment in each of our lives where we first come to terms with the concept of death. The concept, like so many, carries even more weight now as a parent. How do we help our kids have a healthy understanding of the fact that we've all got an expiration date?...

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Episode 26 – Parenting Hacks

It's amazing how much more efficient we can get with everyday tasks in order to (sort of) keep up with taking care of kids. We've all got our techniques and shortcuts to make the best of the limited time now. Patrick and John share some of what you might barely call...

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Episode 25 – Exposure to Violent Play

Violence is everywhere in our culture, both real and fictional. When it comes to the former, we do our best to shelter our kids for as long as possible. But when and how do we handle exposing them to violent toys, games, and media? In this episode—which originally...

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Episode 24 – The Power Of Limitations

"The enemy of art is the absence of limitations," said the brilliant actor/director Orson Welles. The adage seems fitting when it comes to parenting, too. Patrick and John talk about how limitations have played powerful roles in their creative works and personal...

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Episode 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...

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Episode 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...

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