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.

17 – Halloween

This is the very first episode we ever recorded. We just weren’t ready to launch it right away, so we decided to save it for now. It was recorded the day after halloween, and we were reflecting on the trick or treating experience of our kids, parental andy rights philosophy and more.

You’ll also hear mention of the original name we were going to use for the podcast, “Socks and Sandals” (which explains the cover photo on the website and the podcast apps).

16 – Smoke & Mirrors – First Aid Edition

Kids are clumsy. That is just part of life. While they are navigating the ups and downs of walking, running, jumping, climbing, and all the other fun activities they can do, they are going to get hurt. Sometimes there are injuries, and sometimes there are “injuries” – in this episode Troy and Seamus talk about how to handle the varying degrees of pain. Because not all ailments are real, neither are all cures.

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?