15 – Sustainable Parenting

Parents are quick to put kids first. And to an extent, that is not the wrong thing to do. That being said, parents need to make time for themselves. It doesn’t matter if you are a single dad, married dad, or in any type of dadding situation – you need to make time for yourself too. If you are tired, you need to make time for your spouse as well. These things can be hard to find time and/or money for, but it is an investment. You will benefit from it and Troy and Seamus make the argument that your kids will too.

What are some of the ways you make time for yourself?

14 – Name that kid

For this episode, we dive into the topic of baby naming. This is an interesting one because we keep the identity of our own kids under wraps. But we do a decent job of exploring the topic. As parents, we are making a big decision with the name. It is something we pick that another human is stuck with (usually) for life. Studies have found that there are a lot of parents out there who regret the name they picked.

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13 – Back to School


Troy and Seamus are both married to public school teachers. They talk about what it is like to coparent with a teacher. They bring a perspective to parenting only a teacher can, which is usually helpful, but can bring some considerations that are a little more complicated (where and when to go to school). And we want to hear from you: tell us how your career and your kid’s schooling work out (or how they clash). Tell us in the comments.

Bus photo is a creative commons photo from JohnPickenPhoto.

12 – Picking a Car

Think back to when you bought your first car. Then think back to when you bought your first car as an adult, making real money, but didn’t have kids. NOW – think about the first time you had to buy a car with a kid (or 2+) as a factor. Total game changer right? Troy and Seamus have both had to buy cars with kids in mind. From buying a car while pregnant with the first kid, to replacing a bad choice of a car, to how your family activities play into that decision.

11 – Kids are a no for me, an interview with Aaron Kapp

This episode takes a unit look at parenting – an interview with a man who wants to never be a parent. He and his wife have come to enjoy things in life that would be much more expensive and difficult with children. Troy and Seamus sit down with Aaron to learn more about his perspective. While we love our kids and wouldn’t trade them for anything, but you can kind of see where Aaron and his wife are coming from.

10 – Bikes = Freedom

You will be able to tell from this episode, Troy and Seamus LOVED having bikes as kids and we’re excited for our own kids to have their own taste of freedom on bikes (not too much freedom though). A lot of the discussion is around childhood memories, but there is also talks of bike training, training wheels, etc. What worked for you to teach kids to ride, and what’s your favorite memory of being on a bike?

9 – Side Hustle Dad, an interview with Brian Gutierrez

Side Hustle Dad

Troy sat down with Brian Gutierrez who, like many people these days, has a side hustle to make some extra cash. Brian has a good full time job, but is also a comedian on the side and has worked his way into a position where he he is making money.

Brian shares some of the challenges and strategies he has experienced in trying to balance an extra job along with being a parent.

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7 – “Dad, I’m Gay”, an interview with JJ Gorena

June is LGBTQ Pride Month. We had the opportunity to interview JJ Gorena, a good friend of Troy’s. JJ’s son is gay, and JJ talks about how his son came out and how that has been for him as a father. We talk about school, extra curricular activities, dating, and more.

JJ is a real estate agent like Troy and also does a radio show with one of his colleagues. He recently had Troy on the show to talk about the podcast. Check it out:

Side note: Mary has asked me to clarify that all of the frames on the wall in the house now have family photos, no more frames with stock photos in them.

6 – Kids Fly Free?

We’re about knees deep in summer time right now. If you are traveling farther than you can drive in a day, maybe two, you are going to have to face flying with kids. Troy has quite a bit of experience flying with his sons, and Seamus has some experience flying with his oldest daughter (he hasn’t braved both girls yet, but will a couple weeks after this episode). With several combined flights with children, Troy and Seamus have some lessons learned to share.