24 – So Long Seamus

Seamus here: This is a bummer of an episode. I have to tap out of the podcast game. I took on a new position at my company that is a great opportunity, but it came with a schedule change that just isn’t going to allow me to record with Troy anymore. Troy and I talked about it, and I’m excited to know that he wants to keep the show going. I really think that parenting from the perspective of dads is an important topic that isn’t talked about enough. It is not to suggest that moms aren’t equally (or more!) important – we just can’t ignore the dad factor.

Podcasting is a bit of project. Especially when you factor in doing any amount of social media and web presence. And we didn’t do it alone. I asked a lot of questions of some of the parenting social media accounts I was following, as well as had some regular interactions with others. I really appreciate y’all helping us get started and staying engaged throughout. Here’s a few of the Instagram accounts that either helped, or interacted, or were just fun:

I know there are more, but these are the ones that stick out who either helped us get started on the social side and/or helped us keep going. And they’re funny!

I do have to make a shout out to my parents too. Aside from showing me how to be a good parent from day one and all that stuff, they are loyal listeners. I could record a whole episode of myself running the garbage disposal, and my mom would tell me that she could tell I did a great job disposing the heck out of some garbage. And podcasts aren’t really my dad’s thing, but he listened to this one. Which I appreciate. Even if it was on 2x while he was driving the tractor!

I’ll still be listening to the show and I hope y’all will too. I will also try to record with Troy once in a while too. I also have a special episode I want to record with my wife some day. So stay on the lookout. Thanks for the support!

-Seamus

23 – Kids and Pets

According the the American Pet Products Association, 84.6 million homes, or 68% of all households in the U.S. have pets. Troy and Seamus have been part of that statistic. Listen to this episode to learn about how they have blended pet parenting with kid parenting. Parenting can be challenging enough – adding a dog in the mix can make it that much more of a project.

22 – Double Teenage Daughters, an interview with Jay Acker

Troy and Seamus sit down with Jay Acker, who has two daughters – one in high school and one in college – and as Troy points out, this is Seamus in about 15 years. The discussion covers all kinds of things that are specific to raising girls, but also covers some of the general things about raising teenagers.

21 – Eating Out With Kids

Remember when you could go to dinner and just eat? Enjoy the company of your spouse? Enjoy the warmth of the food? Us either. Troy and Seamus talk about some of the things we do to get through parenting. In a restaurant. In public.

Side note: We owe you a link to the No Wait app, but since we have recoded this episode, they appear to have partnered with Yelp. You can still open No Wait, but it just tells you to go to Yelp – but you can still get in line, so its all good.

Also: Happy New Year!

19 – Smoke & Mirrors – Christmas Edition

As much fun as the Christmas season can be, it is also loaded with trickery and fibs. Why not use those tricks and fibs to gain some compliance with our kids? Troy and Seamus share some of the things we do that keep our kids in line during the holidays. But not all of them are just to get them to behave. Some are for the spirit of the time of year, to step up the fun a little.

Fun story about this episode: We recorded it about a year ago, so we’ve had it on standby for a while. Seamus handles the website and when he tried to upload the first episode, he accidentally put this one up first.  So if anyone was very quick to listen, this episode was up for about three hours back in March.

Seamus here with a bonus smoke and mirrors trick: We recently caught one of our kids in a lie. Without getting into the details, she really leaned into it. She was super committed to the lie. So Mary reminded her about the “Santa Cam” and asked what Santa would say if we were to call him. She did NOT want us to call Santa and finally came out with the real story.