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?

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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We don’t get paid to advertise this book, but since we’re using the image, you can find it here. If you’re having a hard time thinking of a name … and having a hard time googling baby names … you can buy a book.

13 – Back to School

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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.