Episode 38 – Sharing the Sharing

Teaching our kids to share is one of those fundamental things we're supposed to do as a parent, lest we have the kid who isn't sharing toys at a play date. Combine that challenge with the sibling dynamic and we've got some explosive situations—even without poop....

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Episode 37 – Call it a Comeback

A new year, a new season, and the same two dads who know everything about nothing—and can't wait to share it with you. John and Patrick are back from holiday break chock-full of useless stories about taking time off, getting kids (and ourselves) involved in...

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Episode 36 – Wrapping Up The Year

The end-of-year festivities and craziness are upon us! As with most of parenting, the magic and the stress are a package deal during the holidays. In this episode, Patrick and John close out the year—and the first season of Just Winging It—with the latest stories, a...

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Episode 35 – Gifts & Gratitude

'Tis the season to buy lots and lots more stuff. Gift-giving (and getting) can be another magical aspect of the holidays, especially for the kiddos. How do we keep consumerism at bay this time of year, and keep grounded in ye olde spirit of generosity and gratitude?...

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Episode 34 – Stay-at-home Dad

We're living at a time where more than half of families with children have two working parents—a shift from the days when it was typically expected that mothers would stay home. Yet even with today's increasing acceptance that either parent can bring home the bacon,...

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Episode 33 – Is Santa Claus Coming to Town?

The concept of Santa Claus is just one of those things that's in the air during the holiday season; our kids will catch it one way or another. But the extent to which we indulge in the magic (lie!) of Santa and the way we work through the eventual unraveling is a...

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Episode 32 – Nostalgia

Hard to believe we're already breaking out the, "back in my day" phrase, but here we are. Young parents have been through dramatic changes in pop culture, technology, and life over the last few decades. Sometimes it's nice to pause and remember how damn cool the...

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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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