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.
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.
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.
This is the first installation of a series Troy and Seamus want to do called Smoke and Mirrors. Occasionally we will discuss ways we trick the kids into compliance through various acts of smoke and mirrors. As any parent knows, it is sometimes more about presentation and mindset than anything else. In this edition, we are talking about food. We share some of the tricks we use to get our kids to eat certain tough food and drink.
What are some of your tricks to get your kids to eat what is put in front of them? Can you pass a bratwurst off as a hot dog? Share below in the comments.
And for any brave souls who want to try the Peanut Butter Soup recipe, Seamus’ mom sent it to me. You can get the cookbook here. In fairness to Mable Hoffman, Momma Nelson made some great meals out of this book. The PBS just wasn’t one of them.
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This is a fun episode – it is the first time we’ve interviewed a guest for the show. Allen Wallace is an officer with the U.S. Army and he and his wife are expecting a baby. In this conversation, we talk about his experience so far in his wife’s pregnancy. You’ll get to hear him talk about how he found out they were expecting, how he navigates a pregnant woman, learning the sex of the baby and how to announce it, a unique use for toilet paper, cravings, the list goes on.
Because we know y’all are wondering, Allen and Josie announced they are expecting a baby girl at their wedding.
*production note* We learned several things about recording three people at the same time. We ran into some microphone SNAFU. The audio isn’t perfect, but you can hear Allen very clearly, which is the importnat part.
This is the first full episode we are releasing, which we are considering the birth of a podcast. We are very proud of our baby and, like most parents, think it is far more beautiful than it probably actually is. In this episode, Troy and I talk about the childbirth experience from our perspective as Dads. WAY different than a mom’s perspective. Please be sure to subscribe to our podcast so we think you think its beautiful too. We have more episodes to come!
This is a teaser episode. Its just a few minutes to give you an idea of who we are, what we want to talk about on this podcast, and why you should listen (and subscribe). This is just the beginning, we are excited about what is coming up, and look forward to learning what you want to hear about. Be sure to follow us on Instagram too: @YourDadsPodcast.