Digital Dads

Raising Kids in a Digital World


  • Episode 123: Social Media Success with Laura Tierney

    Nov 15 2017

    Social media is an inescapable part of modern life. People everywhere check for “likes” to their posts frequently throughout the day. There is no escaping the net of the electronic social web. In this episode we are joined by Laura Tierney of The Social Institute to help us teach our

  • Episode 122: Changing Your Life for Good with Sean Young

    Oct 25 2017

    We all have goals. Many of the things we strive for make us better men and better dads. But positive change is hard. Especially when we’re dealing with overcoming resistance and perhaps a bad habit or two. Lucky for us, Sean Young has spent years researching the solution. His results,

  • Episode 121: Avoid the Trap of Overparenting

    Oct 11 2017

    We all want to raise great kids. But how we go about it has changed drastically in only a generation. It used to be kids roamed about freely while adults hardly knew where they were. Just as long as we were home by dinner. And that’s not all. I vividly

  • Episode 120: Scholastic Research Results with Liza Baker

    Sep 20 2017

    We all know how important reading is for our children. And if you have school aged kids you have no doubt heard about Scholastic. They have tons of great books in inspiring in our little ones a desire to read. It turns out they are also responsible for a Reading

  • Episode 119: Lessons from the Little Ones with Nick Britton

    Aug 30 2017

    As a dad we spend a great deal of time teaching our children lessons. And why not? After all, we want them to learn all they can from our years of experience. By the time we have kids most of us have learned plenty from the school of hard knocks.

  • Episode 118 – Should All Kids Learn to Code?

    Aug 23 2017

    It’s no secret technology is taking over. Nearly every facet of our lives are being affected by its advances. And with it comes a rise in the need for all types of computer related jobs. That includes the infamous title of computer programmer. Many of us want our kids to learn

  • Episode 117: The Surprising Benefits of Stress with Ian Robertson

    Aug 16 2017

    As parents, we are no strangers to stress. From the late nights with infants to the challenges of adolescence, we feel it. But we know better than to let it affect us too much. After all, stress is bad. It wreaks havoc on our bodies and can even cause us to lash out

  • Episode 116: Raised by Animals with Dr. Jennifer Verdolin

    Aug 09 2017

    Have you ever felt like you are raising a bunch of untamed animals? Well, maybe the idea isn’t so far fetched after all. It turns out there’s a lot we can learn about parenting from careful observation of the animal kingdom. This week we have the privilege of talking with Dr.

  • Episode 115 – The Secret to Winning More

    Aug 02 2017

    Winning isn’t everything. We know and teach our kids the important thing is how you play the game. But is that entirely true? If we’re being honest, winning in life does matter. We want to win a good job, a loving spouse, and maybe even an adult softball league. Competition

  • Episode 114 – Don’t Worry, Be Happy

    Jul 26 2017

    Happiness is a fundamental part of a healthy life. It affects our relationships, career, and even our health. But how much effort do we make to keep an upbeat attitude? That’s the topic of this week’s episode. We dive deep answering the question of how we can be happier adults

  • Episode 113: Round Table – All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down

    May 31 2017

    For many guys hanging out with buddies all but disappears as kids enter the picture. As parents we get busy and when we do catch a break we normally end up crashing early from exhaustion. But getting time with friends is important. Especially for dads. It’s so easy to lose

  • Episode 112: Summer Safety with Dr. Shoba Srikantan

    May 24 2017

    Summer is finally here. Many of us will head off to the beach to play in the sun and the surf. We’re ready to cash in those hard earned vacation days and enjoy some well deserved relaxation. But as parents we can’t let our guard down entirely, especially around bodies

  • Episode 111: Coding as a New Career with John Morris

    May 17 2017

    Some people love their jobs. Others, not so much. But with the cost of college sky high and the responsibility of a family it can feel impossible to change careers for most dads. Until now. In this episode John Morris teaches us how (with a little desire) we can break

  • Episode 110: Yell at Your Own Risk

    May 10 2017

    Yelling is bad. Very bad. Especially when we do it to our children. But sometimes our frustrations gets the best of us. There are occasions where our precious little angels may be the cause of said anger. The truth is that even though we may feel compelled to yell at

  • Episode 109: The Gift of Failure with Jessica Lahey

    Apr 19 2017

    Failure is the enemy. At least that’s what we’ve been taught. And we in turn teach it to our own kids. But the truth is, failing is a very necessary part of the learning process. As a society we have come to try to protect our children from failing and

  • Episode 108: Dial Down the Drama with Colleen O’Grady

    Apr 12 2017

    Ah… the teenage years. This is the time kids, especially girls, become notoriously challenging. The switch gets flipped and the amount of drama around the house increase tenfold overnight. Well, maybe that’s a small exaggeration. But the fact is many people dread the years they will have to deal with their

  • Episode 107: Sleep Sense with Dana Obleman

    Apr 05 2017

    Sleep. It’s something that has plagued parents from the beginning of time. Whether it’s getting enough yourself or a baby waking up 5 times a night, sleep can become a central topic for every parent. As your kids get older it gets even harder with all the negotiations and bartering.

  • Episode 106: Get Your Child to WANT to Read with Dr. Colleen Carroll

    Mar 29 2017

    We know reading to our kids is important. And we also want them to learn to enjoy reading on their own. And why not? After all, reading is the single biggest predictor of future success. And we all want our children to go on to great things. But there’s a

  • Episode 105: Ten Powerful Ways to Reduce Stress

    Mar 22 2017

    Stress. If you have kids there’s a good chance you are very familiar with the concept. Parents face it in their career, personal relationships, and even with their children. But if the stress level is too high it can cause all sorts of problems in our lives. In this episode we

  • Episode 104: The Family Board Meeting with Jim Sheils

    Mar 15 2017

    Are you spending enough quality time with your kids? If you’re anything like me you may think you have this on lock down. But after talking with our guest Jim Sheils this week, I realize the need to step up my dad game. In his book The Family Board Meeting, Jim

  • Episode 103: Round Table – Public vs. Private School

    Mar 08 2017

    Education is extremely important. And school plays a big part in that as our children grow their way into being adults. We know great teachers influence performance and inspire students to learn, but what about the school itself? How much does that matter? For many households the options of private vs. public school is

  • Episode 102: Raising Healthy Kids with Thea Runyan

    Mar 01 2017

    Trying to eat healthy ourselves is hard enough. But getting our kids to eat what’s good for them? Nearly impossible. Especially when they’re faced with birthday parties and events at school that are full of sugary options. Then there’s youth sports. It’s all too common for the kids to come

  • Episode 101: Staying Safe Online with Dr. Jean Moorjani

    Feb 22 2017

    Kids and devices. This topic just won’t go away. Honestly though, how can it? With the always on, always connected nature of our society today is it any wonder our kids are following suit? Maybe we need to stop and think about how this will affect their well being. This

  • Episode 100: Journey of a Thousand Miles

    Feb 15 2017

    We made it. One hundred episodes in the bank. But truth be told, we nearly quit before we really got going. In this episode we explore pivotal episodes and how they’ve impacted the direction of the show. Spoiler Alert: The first show was bad. Really bad. But thankfully we got

  • Episode 99: I Swear… But Maybe I Shouldn’t?

    Feb 08 2017

    Saying my first curse word was a right of passage for me. When I got to college and discovered girls responded well to “liquid personality” all bets were off. Late nights of poker playing cemented in a bad habit of colorful metaphors for years to come. But then I had children

  • Episode 98: Round Table – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Feb 01 2017

    It’s that time again. Time for the Dads of the Round Table to have a discussion. And this time, we get to talk about one of our favorite topics… Star Wars. Or at least a Star Wars Story. We are joined by Adam Hartvigsen, Ryan Bond, and Jon Harrison (of

  • Episode 97: The Pinkaboos with Jake and Laura Gosselin

    Jan 26 2017

    Princesses, rainbows, and unicorns. That’s the majority of what you find on the book shelves for girls these days. But all little girls are different. Some of them don’t want another run of the mill princess-gets-rescued-by-the-prince story. Nope. They want something new, something different, something… exciting! Enter The Pinkaboos. Since Jake

  • Episode 96: Fit Dad Nation with Steve Roy

    Jan 19 2017

    Like it or not, many of us see a “dad bod” staring back at us when we look in the mirror. Years of less than perfect diet and more time watching sports than playing them eventually add up. Life happens, we get it. The best of intentions somehow don’t make

  • Episode 95: Round Table – The Five Love Languages of Children

    Jan 11 2017

    This week we are joined by Chris Regan, Nathan Reitsma, and Kevin Stanley for our first ever Round Table Book Club. We all read The 5 Love Languages of Children and discussed it on the show. It was a very powerful conversation and the book should be high on your

  • Episode 94: A Parent’s Guide to Video Games with Dr. Rachel Kowert

    Dec 21 2016

    Video games are awesome. Everyone knows that. Even people who don’t consider themselves “gamers” are playing on their phones without a second thought. Games have become a permanent part of our society. And for the most part, we’ve embraced their arrival with open arms. But… what about kids? Should they

  • Episode 93: The Power of Vulnerability with Jason MacKenzie

    Dec 08 2016

    As men we often fear being vulnerable. But it turns out that opening ourselves up can become our biggest strength. Especially with our children. In this episode Jason MacKenzie shares with us how this can be a powerful way to connect deeply with our kids. In his book The Dadly

  • Episode 92: What Empty Nesters Want You to Know

    Nov 23 2016

    Our children are growing up fast. Pretty soon they’ll be headed into the world to make their mark and follow their dreams. And of course, this is what we want to happen. The problem is, it happens way too fast. It turns out there’s wisdom at the end of this road

  • Episode 91: Raising Emotionally Strong Boys

    Nov 09 2016

    Men don’t cry. From a young age boys are taught to “man up” and “be tough.” While this is good in many ways for developing grit and tenacity, it can potentially be harmful to suppress those emotions. Parents today are beginning to recognize that helping our boys understand and handle

  • Episode 90: The 10 Scariest Technologies in our Future

    Oct 31 2016

    Halloween is a time for creepy fun. We dress up and do our best to scare the daylights out of each other while collecting as much candy as possible. But short of the occasional animated witch, technology itself hasn’t really been something to be feared in and of itself. That

  • RTR 7: A Walk on the Bright Side

    Oct 28 2016

    We all try to look at our lives in a positive light, but that can be hard in this current climate. The number one thing we have to focus on is providing a positive example to our children. When people take sides on different issues, the most important thing we

  • Episode 89: Eight Powerful Ways to Connect with Your Child

    Oct 19 2016

    Distractions. Between email, texts, apps, video games, TV shows, apps, fantasy sports, etc. it’s a wonder we ever speak to each other at all. The reality is that in our always-on technology filled world, there is no shortage of things competing for our attention. But our children shouldn’t be one of them.

  • Episode 88: Middle School Makeover with Michelle Icard

    Oct 05 2016

    The tween years. One of the more challenging times for parent and child alike. Both are adjusting the best they can to the many changes happening in this sometimes awkward phase of life. One of the biggest of these is the dreaded middle school. Michelle Icard is here to help. She

  • Episode 87: Secrets of Happy Families with Bruce Feiler

    Sep 26 2016

    Do you want a happier family? I know I sure do. We do our best but the digital world is full of distractions. Sometimes despite our best intentions we all come up a little short. That’s where Bruce Feiler‘s book The Secrets of Happy Families can help. Bruce has draws from the best

  • Episode 86: Can I Kiss You? with Michael Domitrz

    Sep 21 2016

    Would you ask for permission to kiss your date? That’s exactly what Michael Domitrz is proposing in his book Can I Kiss You? and though it may seem unusual, he has very good reason behind it. This episode takes us on a deep dive into a provocative topic as we

  • Episode 85: Nintendo Then & Now with Tom Tate

    Sep 15 2016

    I… Have… the… Power…! That’s what Tom Tate has been saying a lot recently as he pores through issue after issue of Nintendo Power magazine. No, he isn’t on the hunt for long forgotten cheat codes. He has been preparing for the launch of his new project the Power Time

  • Episode 84: Staying Safe Online with Stacy Martin

    Sep 07 2016

    The Internet is a scary place. Or at least it can be. The world has evolved into an always connected place that can be dangerous if not taken seriously. And our kids (digital natives) don’t always understand the risk. From the Facebook post of a photo to the Snapchat video they

  • Episode 83: Renegade Parenting with Heather Shumaker

    Aug 25 2016

    We are told from an early age not to break the rules. Our parents tell us, our teachers remind us, and society expects us to follow the path well traveled. But is this always best? When it comes to raising our children, do the rules that we’ve been handed down

  • Episode 82: Round Table – Stranger Things

    Aug 17 2016

    The recent Netflix exclusive Stranger Things has taken the world by storm. It has yet another self produced hit for the fast growing media company. If you haven’t seen it, go do that now and come back. It’s an amazing show and we don’t want to spoil it for you. Walter Eggers, Jeremy

  • Episode 81: Girls Who Code with Solomon Steplight

    Aug 10 2016

    There is a huge gender gap in the world of technology. Girls have actually tested very well at young ages but interest drops off when they hit their teens. The initiative at Girls Who Code aims to change that. Using a combination of after school clubs and immersive summer programs the

  • Episode 80: Minecraft: Education Edition with Neal Manegold

    Aug 03 2016

    What do video games have to do with learning? Actually, maybe everything. Minecraft, one of the biggest games of all time, has an arm of the company dedicated to using the game in the classroom. That’s not a typo. Kids are learning at school by playing a video game. Crazy

  • Episode 79: Picky Eaters with Dina Rose

    Jul 27 2016

    Getting kids to eat their veggies may be the biggest problem we face as parents. Well, at least next to getting them to bed on time. Nothing beats that. But making sure they eat healthy is can be an enormous challenge. This week we talk with Dina Rose about her book

  • Episode 78: Pokémon Go, Friend or Foe?

    Jul 20 2016

    Today’s show we discuss the latest craze to sweep the land….it’s..uh…hold on a sec…gotcha! Where was I? Oh right, Pokemon Go. The latest game from developer Niantic Labs and Nintendo has been a pop culture sledgehammer that nobody could’ve predicted. It has affected our kids, the tech industry, and society

  • RTR 6: Jumping off the High Dive

    Jul 15 2016

    We all get scared sometimes. It’s part of being human. But we don’t want something like fear to block us from accomplishing our goals. We unveil a brand new Round Table Reminder in this episode as Cody steps in to tell us about how he beat fear not once, but twice, in

  • Episode 77: Allowance with FamZoo founder Bill Dwight

    Jul 13 2016

    Spending money on kids is expensive. Every trip to the store can turn into begging for one more pack of gum or new toy. But what if they managed their own money for all that stuff instead? The idea of allowance for children is not new. People have been giving children

  • Episode 76: School Testing with Anya Kamenetz

    Jul 06 2016

    Tests are nearly universally hated by children. If you have children, you know how hard it is to get them to agree on much of anything. But on this they agree. Test taking is for the birds. The truth is, they may be onto something. In this episode we have the

  • RTR 5: Parent Envy

    Jul 01 2016

    Observing other parents in action is something we all do. As you try to level up, comparing and contrasting with everyone else is key to figuring out what kind of parent you want to be. While this can be an affirming experience at times, we also accumulate a list of things

  • Episode 75: Round Table – Is Spanking Your Child OK?

    Jun 29 2016

    Spanking your children is a very polarizing topic. Some people are completely against it while others think it’s a necessary part of raising respectful children. Needless to say it can be a very emotional topic as it relates to raising our kids. In this episode we got together a group of dads

  • Episode 74: Road Trips Then & Now

    Jun 22 2016

    It’s that time of year again. Time for the family road trip. When we were kids things were much different. There were no iPads, or DVD players, or Game Boys. We had our imagination and we had each other. And somehow, we managed to survive. Join the Digital Dads Round Table

  • Episode 73: GoldieBlox with Jenna Chalmers

    Jun 08 2016

    There is a big problem with girls in STEM fields. But thanks to Kickstarter originated GoldieBlox, that may soon be a thing of the past. Little girls have a wide variety of engineering and other STEM related toys geared directly for them. This week we have the privilege of speaking

  • RTR 4: The Bad Math Grade

    Jun 04 2016

    The other day Cody got a bad grade in math. A really bad grade. My knee jerk was to be upset with him. But, I can proudly say I remained calm as we discussed what he could do to improve his performance. We identified it was a lack of effort

  • Episode 72: 13 Keys to Raising Successful Kids

    Jun 01 2016

    We all want to raise good kids. But maybe our focus should be on raising successful adults. There are a specific set of commonalities among parents who accomplish exactly that. Thirteen of them in fact. And much of it is in the hands of us, the parents, which may come

  • RTR 3: The Renaissance Festival

    May 27 2016

    Sometimes we forget that our kids have not been on this Earth as long as we have. Activities and entertainment that we scoff at could be exactly the experience that opens up their little minds and activates their imaginations. We have to approach fun from their point of view. After our

  • Episode 71: Good Dog, Happy Baby with Michael Wombacher

    May 25 2016

    Everyone’s happy when the new baby arrives. Months of anticipation until finally, it’s time to bring the little bundle of joy home for good. But what if there’s a dog in the house already. Will the dog be territorial over the domain? What of the existing pecking order? Where does

  • RTR 2: The Power of Words

    May 20 2016

    Words hurt. Or at least they can. That’s why it’s so important we pay attention to how we treat each other. That is especially true of the Round Table. This time Brent made a mistake and caused someone to leave unintentionally. Check out this RTR about it. Join the Digital Dads

  • Episode 70: Essentialism with Greg McKeown

    May 18 2016

    Less but better. That’s the mantra of the Essentialist. We’ve been huge fans of this book since we first discussed it way back in episode five. This time we have the privilege of speaking with the man himself, Greg McKeown. He talks with us about why doing less is actually the

  • RTR 1: Writing the eBook and Raising the Bar

    May 15 2016

    Hear ye… hear ye! The first episode of the Rules of the Round Table (RTR) is finally here! One of the Dads in the Round Table helped us realize that all of this was great but it too easily forgotten. Enter the RTR episodes. These will be short mini-episodes intended

  • Episode 69: Round Table – Superheroes Then & Now

    May 11 2016

    Superheroes have been around since before we were kids. But today’s technology has raised the game. Marvel Studios has created multiple stand alone films that are leading up to big time blockbusters. Being backed by Disney certainly doesn’t hurt. And D.C. is trying to build out their own movie universe

  • Episode 68: Low Tech Parenting

    May 04 2016

    Would it surprise you to know that many tech icons have strict device limits on their children? It did us. But it’s very true. Many of the biggest names in the technology industry are vigilant about that very thing. In fact, when asked about the iPad when it first came out

  • Episode 67: Getting Things Done with David Allen

    Apr 27 2016

    This time we had the privilege of speaking with David Allen about his internationally best-selling book Getting Things Done. GTD as it’s affectionately known by readers has made a huge splash in the business arena helping countless people become more productive in their work lives. David was a real pleasure

  • Episode 66: Brain Biases Pulling our Strings

    Apr 20 2016

    Think you’re objective about most things? Sure you are. We all are. Expect we’re not. At least not most of the time. And there are 12 biases (13 if you ask Andrew) that are responsible. These are situated deep within our subconscious mind but influence us still the same. Problem is, they are

  • Episode 65: Ban Homework Forever?

    Apr 13 2016

    Homework may be the single least favorite world of children worldwide. And with good reason. It has one heck of a reputation. It’s the stealer of kid’s dreams and the evil of their nightmares. It robs them of play time and they would love nothing more than to banish it forever. Funny thing

  • Episode 64: Are Robots Stealing Our Jobs?

    Apr 06 2016

    Robots are showing up everywhere lately. They are checking us out at the grocery store and giving us money at the ATM. They are building cars on assembly lines. Is there anything an Artificial Intelligence driven robot can’t do? And the bigger question… what does that mean for our employment

  • Episode 63: Round Table – We’re Pregnant Again?!?!

    Mar 30 2016

    Having a baby is a challenge. But what about when number two comes along? Double the diaper changes, double the breast feeding, double the teething… man, who in their right mind would ever want more than one kid? But that’s exactly what many people do. And they usually have no regrets.

  • Episode 62: Round Table – Real First Time Dads

    Mar 23 2016

    The moment you find out you’re going to be a parent everything changes. In a few short months there will be a whole new person to clothe, feed, and look out for. It can feel entirely overwhelming. Especially if you’ve never had a child before. In this episode we talk

  • Episode 61: The Secret to Accomplishing Anything

    Mar 16 2016

    A single book can change your life. We know that first hand in this case. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield is single handedly responsible for motivating us to start this podcast. It is also the reason we have persisted in the early days when it felt like nobody

  • Episode 60: Why Complaining is Killing You

    Mar 09 2016

    We all complain. Some more than others, but we’re all guilty of venting some frustration from time to time. And when done periodically it’s not so bad. But did you know this habit can have serious long term effects on your life? We found an article that science has now

  • Episode 59: In Case of Zombies >> Press Play

    Mar 02 2016

    Zombies are an undeniable part of pop culture. They’re in movies (with rules) and TV shows. They have their own video games. And I’m pretty sure at least one of the current running presidential candidates is brain dead enough to qualify. But for most people these flesh eating monsters are

  • Episode 58: Round Table – Work Life Balance Pt II

    Feb 24 2016

    Here we go again. This time we talk to three more dads to get their take on the work life balance challenge. The discussion uncovered some of the difficulties as well as rewards of juggling life’s many hats. We are joined by Rob Lindley, Christopher Peterson, and Jason Otero in this

  • Episode 57: Round Table – Work Life Balance Pt I

    Feb 17 2016

    Two dads are good. Five dads are better. A result of our kicking off the Digital Dads Round Table, we have brought on three other dads to discuss a very hot topic. Work / Life balance. Is such at thing even possible? We dive in as usual but this time

  • Episode 56: What’s Playing on Your Smartphone?

    Feb 11 2016

    What podcasts do you listen to? That’s the question that comes up time and time again for us. So we decided to answer it. Plus we have some really cool Round Table dads that also podcast so a shoutout was definitely in order. We talk their shows, podcasting in general, and

  • Episode 55: Welcome to the Round Table

    Feb 04 2016

    “You have our sword!” We’ve been doing this show for about a year now and we’ve finally realized something important. It’s the community of listeners that lies at the heart of this thing. And we plan to embrace that fully from here on out. Because the bottom line is this. We

  • Episode 54: Dr. Mike of PediaCast

    Jan 27 2016

    Anyone with kids understands the value of a good pediatrician. So naturally we were elated when Dr. Mike of the PediaCast podcast agreed to make a return visit to the show. Reviewing his show we realized he has a TON of great episodes and it would simply be too hard

  • Episode 53: Capturing Life’s Precious Moments

    Jan 21 2016

    Kids grow up fast. Like really fast. One minute they’re crying their way through another new tooth and the next their picking out curtains with their spouse. Well… maybe it goes a little slower than that. But not much. Our wonderful little angels move through the phases of life at

  • Episode 52: Star Wars – The Force Awakens Roundtable

    Jan 13 2016

    What can make a grown man cry? Star Wars that’s what. We got excited about the brand new Star Wars movie a year ago when we first saw the trailer. In that short video clip one thing was obvious. Star Wars was back. That trailer connected us with our inner

  • Episode 51: Media Moms & Digital Dads with Dr. Yalda Uhls

    Jan 07 2016

    Being a parent is hard. And raising kids in the digital age is even harder. Technology is advancing quickly in the world today bringing with it not only new benefits but new challenges as well. Especially for parents. We are digital immigrants tasked with raising digital natives to succeed in

  • Episode 50: Healthy Dad – Happy Kids

    Dec 11 2015

    It’s far too easy to take your health for granted. And we’ve been guilty. Too many days seated behind a computer monitor can wreak havoc on your body if you’re not careful. And once the habits are established it can be very difficult to turn things around. But it matters.

  • Episode 49: Toys Then and Now

    Dec 03 2015

    It’s that time of year again. The kids have their wish lists for Santa filled out and ready to go. Which got us thinking. Toys sure have changed over the years. Our childhood was filled with everything from He-Man action figures to LiteBrite. Nowadays technology is hardwired into nearly everything.

  • Episode 48: A Day of Thanks

    Nov 27 2015

    Thanksgiving is a special time of year. In a world full of chaos we take this single day to come together with family and shift our focus to those things we are most thankful for. Plus we even bring up piecaken. What could be sweeter than that? In this special

  • Episode 47: Book Time vs. Screen Time

    Nov 18 2015

    It’s no secret reading has many advantages for children. From increased academic performance to higher quality communication skills, there’s no denying encouraging them to read is valuable. But with so many distractions like video games competing for their attention this is often easier said than done. In this episode we

  • Episode 46: Self-Driving Cars

    Nov 11 2015

    There will come a time in the not-too-distant future when cars will drive themselves. You read that right. Cars will be zipping around with no one behind the wheel. There may not even be a wheel for that matter. With companies like Google, Tesla, and probably Apple (unconfirmed) in the

  • Episode 45: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    Nov 06 2015

    Habits. We all have them. Some good, some not so good. But one thing is certain, they have a decided impact on how effective we are in our life. In this episode we discuss the huge bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Yes, this is

  • Episode 44: Because I Said So

    Oct 31 2015

    Discipline is always a challenge for anyone with kids. Any parent knows how trying it can be to get them down at night. Sometimes, even a simple trip to the store can be difficult. Then there’s whining, negotiating, pouting… you name it, kids will try it. But short of giving

  • Episode 43: Thirty Years from Now

    Oct 23 2015

    The future. It’s fun to speculate what the world might be like 30 years from now. And that’s exactly what the writers of Back to the Future II did. We had a blast with Marty as he experienced everything from hoverboards to the Cubs winning the World Series in future

  • Episode 42: Contract for Candy?

    Oct 15 2015

    Halloween candy. Now them’s fighting words. Or at least they used to be. But now thanks to a great idea by Christina Anderson of the Huffington Post, we can rest assured we’ll get our fair share. And this time it’ll be legal. To some, the idea of making their children sign a

  • Episode 41: Movies Then & Now

    Oct 08 2015

    Everybody loves a good movie. Even better if it’s a retro film from the days of our youth. Well, that’s Brent’s opinion anyway. His kids have other ideas. They claim movies from their era are far superior than their pop’s day and age. You would think Andrew would have Brent’s

  • Episode 40: Why the hype about “The Internet of Things”?

    Sep 30 2015

    Not so long ago, the Internet came along and changed everything. Few people realized at the time just how profound an impact this would have on the world. But it did. And there were a couple people back then who actually could see what was coming. And history has proven

  • Episode 39: Interviewing the Man called Dad

    Sep 18 2015

    Life is uncertain. But one thing we know for sure, the years pass by for us all. And the older we get the faster the time seems to go. Watching our kids grow is a constant reminder that our time here is not forever. So when one of our listeners Jeremy

  • Episode 38: Capturing the Magic of Life – with Joe Pardo

    Sep 10 2015

    Having a baby is hard enough. But recording the entire experience to share with the world? That takes some serious guts. But that’s exactly what our guest this week is doing in a big way with his launch of the Birth audio documentary podcast. We met Joe Pardo a while

  • Episode 37: Screen Time – with Dr. Tracy Bennett

    Sep 02 2015

    Screen time. If you’re a parent you know exactly what I’m talking about. We all know instinctively that our kids are probably using their devices too much. And we aren’t necessarily always setting the best example ourselves. Sometimes we may even “plug in” our kids just to get a little peace

  • Episode 36: Life Lessons of Video Games – with Jon Harrison

    Aug 27 2015

    Think video games are a waste of time? Think again. Our guest this week shows us that games can actually teach us some very valuable life lessons. He makes his case and provides some interesting examples. And I must say he’s extremely convincing. Jon Harrison of Classically Trained joins the

  • Episode 35: Back to School

    Aug 20 2015

    It’s that time of year again. Time for grumpy mornings, piles of homework, and everyday germ factories. Yep. School is back in session. And this year is pretty important for both of us. Brent’s youngest daughter Kenna and Andrew’s daughter Alex are both going into kindergarten. Let’s all pause for

  • Episode 34: Digital Dads 2.0 – Finding our Why

    Aug 12 2015

    So we went out to a big podcast event, Podcast Movement, in Texas recently. We fully expected to learn all the latest tips and tricks to take our show to the next level. And truth be told, we did get lots of nuts and bolts advice that will help us

  • Episode 33: If You Give a Kid a Lightsaber – Action Movie Kid

    Jul 29 2015

    Ever fantasize about inserting yourself into awesome sci-fi scenes with special effects wizardry? Well, that’s exactly what Daniel Hashimoto has done. A former Dreamworks Studio animator, Daniel has translated his passion for making CGI magic into a full time pursuit with his own son at the center. In this interview, he

  • Episode 32: The Perpetual Power of Pixar

    Jul 22 2015

    Toy Story was the movie that started it all. Four years in the making, this first every fully computer animated feature film changed our lives forever. Cranking out hit after hit from Monsters Inc. to The Incredibles they have the formula for a great film down to a science. But it’s

  • Episode 31: Mouth on Fire – with Scott Roberts

    Jul 15 2015

    In this episode we had the pleasure of interviewing Scott Roberts of the Firecast podcast. Scott is a self-admitted “chilehead” and has eaten pure capsaicin on not one, but three separate occasions. Just for the bragging rights. This guy is insane. Naturally this makes Brent extremely jealous and he inquires

  • Episode 30: Top Disney Tips – with Lou Mongello

    Jul 08 2015

    Walt Disney World is a truly magical place. Kids dream from a young age of getting to visit the Magic Kingdom in person. With all the new acquisitions (Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars) there’s plenty of fun to be had for adults as well. And that’s exactly what our latest guest Lou

  • Episode 29: Interview with GX Knight – Metal Deep

    Jul 01 2015

    Memory lane can be fun to visit. Especially when you bump into someone as cool as Matt Simpson (a.k.a. GX Knight). He spent some time working with Brent during his restaurant management days and their paths cross again in this episode. And he doesn’t hesitate to dish the dirt on

  • Episode 28: E3 2015 – A New Era in Video Games

    Jun 24 2015

    I can still remember the birth of video games. First it was Pong. Sure that may not be much more than the folded-paper football game we played in school, but when it came out it was hot new technology. And from there we quickly moved on to various other platforms with

  • Episode 27: Technology Rock Star – Elon Musk

    Jun 17 2015

    Man Crush – When a straight man has a “crush” on another man, not sexual but kind of idolizing him. ex. Many straight men end up having man crushes on Johnny Depp (I don’t blame them). Brent literally searched for many minutes until he found a definition he was comfortable with. He

  • Episode 26: Interview with Leah Bell – The Angry Grad

    Jun 10 2015

    In this week’s episode we get the chance to talk with author Leah Bell about her brand new book, The Angry Grad. Together we explore a system that once was the ticket a great job and stable future but has now become the subject of great controversy. Are we paying

  • Episode 25: Level Up Your Learning

    Jun 04 2015

    Learning. In an age of rapid technology we have no choice but to try and keep up. Gaining new knowledge and skills have become a necessity if we are to thrive in this brave new world. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be painful. One of the greatest ways to learn

  • Episode 24: Is Education Broken?

    May 27 2015

    Education is broken. Not the actual schools mind you, those are just fine. As are the many teachers out there who strive to give their students the best foundation they can. What we’re talking about here is an outdated system that technology has left behind. No longer does our nation

  • Episode 23: New Dads Do’s & Don’ts

    May 20 2015

    Babies. There comes a time in every dad’s life when he realizes that new little roommate is not going away. Every morning it’s the same thing. Over and over again. Go look in the crib and yep, just as suspected that runt hasn’t gone anywhere. And adjusting to this new

  • Episode 22: Revenge of the Nerds 2.0

    May 13 2015

    Being a nerd used to be a bad thing. It meant you weren’t part of the cool crowd and were more comfortable around computers than you were people. How times have changed. One thing about technology, nerds have taken over. From mega-blockbuster movies and video games to the latest and

  • Episode 21: The Superhuman Power of the MC1R Gene

    May 06 2015

    Not everyone can be born superhuman. But some of us can. And for those of us born with red hair (MC1R gene) we know this to be the truth. With powers ranging from super speed to an amazing ability to make pancakes super fast, red heads around the world are

  • Episode 20: TV Then & Now

    Apr 29 2015

    Television. When we were kids watching your favorite TV show was an event. Sometimes the whole family gathered around to watch a show. Other times, we would watch whatever our parents wanted to watch and not complain about it. Times have changed. A far cry from the days of getting

  • Episode 19: Interview with Dr. Mike of PediaCast

    Apr 22 2015

    In this week’s episode we had the privilege of talking with Dr. Mike Patrick of PediaCast. He has extensive background as a pediatrician and one foot firmly planted in the technology camp with a long running podcast as well. Naturally, as a couple of dads and techies ourselves we jumped

  • Episode 18: Make a Wish – Star Wars Style

    Apr 15 2015

    Life is short. We know this to be true but sometimes, we forget. It’s so easy to get lost in the busyness of life that this one simple fact is something we rarely think about. But every once in a while life throws you a curve. And you have no choice but

  • Episode 17: The Rise of Personal Broadcasting

    Apr 08 2015

    Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. YouTube. iTunes. Twitch. Periscope. So much of the content we consume online these days is produced by regular people. Not high profile celebrities (although they get in on it too sometimes), but everyday average people just like you and me. Life has forever been changed. Now, the only

  • Episode 16: Exploring the Final Frontier (Part 2)

    Mar 31 2015

    Living on Mars. The thought of not only traveling to the red planet but setting up camp there is mind blowing. But that’s exactly what the Mars-One team intends to do. And they mean to do it soon. Starting with a candidate pool of over 200,000 applicants, they have whittled their

  • Episode 15: Exploring The Final Frontier (Part 1)

    Mar 31 2015

    Ever since we were kids space has been the final frontier. From Star Trek to landing on the moon in real life, the infinite vastness of the universe has always held the promise of something else. Something more. And we just may be on the brink of actually stretching humanity

  • Episode 14: Video Games Then & Now

    Mar 23 2015

    Video games have come a long way since we were kids. Back then, two paddles and a bouncing ball was all it took to provide hours worth of entertainment. And it didn’t even matter if the TV was black & white or not since that game wasn’t even in color.

  • Episode 13: Weird Science #1

    Mar 16 2015

    This is our very first edition of our new weird science episodes. We simply can’t make this stuff up. Each of this style episode will feature the most peculiar science related stories we can find. And then we’ll talk about it. Simple right? As an added bonus this is also

  • Episode 12: Interview with the Bitsbox Founders

    Mar 07 2015

    This week we got the chance to speak with the founders of Bitsbox, a brand new website created to make learning to program easier and more accessible for children.  Aidan Chopra and Scott Lininger wanted to create something that encourages kids to create things with code. As fathers themselves, they understood this was no

  • Episode 11: Ready or Not, Here comes “The Talk”

    Feb 28 2015

    The sex talk. Admittedly, my wife and I have been dragging our feet on telling our 10-year-old son about it. That all changed when he overheard us mention it one time while scanning the IMDB app on the iPad. Pretty soon he figured out that “the talk” was the only

  • Episode 10: Raising the Text Generation

    Feb 17 2015

    Text messages. My kids got iPods for Christmas and I’m afraid we have ushered in a whole new era of communication. It started out innocently enough. Taylor (age 7) was sitting on the couch enjoying some tunes on her new device with her headphones plugged in. After hearing my wife

  • Episode 9: Movies 2015 – Coming Soon

    Feb 04 2015

    Well, it happened. New Year’s day came and went turning the page on whatever was left of last year. You’ve visited with family and had your fill of turkey and candied yams. Now, it’s 2015’s turn in the sun. And although there are lots of exciting things around the bend

  • Episode 8: The Missing Link – Women in Programming

    Jan 30 2015

    It’s not every day that a couple of every day dads get to talk to a bona-fide beauty queen. Literally. But that’s exactly what happens in this episode. During research on the topic of girls in programming, we stumbled onto an unlikely advocate. So we reached out to Miss USA 2013

  • Episode 7: Rise of the Robot Overlords

    Jan 19 2015

    Is this the beginning of the end? Will emerging advancement in Artificial Intelligence (AI) forever alter the course of human history? Does Arnold Schwarzenegger have enough left in the tank to save humanity from an army of robots? Join us as we dig into the exciting topic of total world domination by

  • Episode 6: Star Wars – The Force Awakens Indeed

    Dec 12 2014

    Time to break out that rusty old lightsaber again. Star Wars is back. And it looks better than ever. In this episode we dive in and answer the question on everyone’s mind. Will Star Wars: The Force Awakens be super awesome or will it super suck? This is also the first time we

  • Episode 5: Why Doing Less is the Secret to Accomplishing More

    Dec 03 2014

    Distractions. As technology has crept its way into our lives an interesting thing has started to happen. We are all constantly battling distractions. Email. Text messages. Facebook. Twitter. Movie trailers. Cat videos. There is no shortage of things coming at us every day. And it can often feel overwhelming to try

  • Episode 4: Is Virtual Reality About to Take Over?

    Nov 19 2014

    Virtual reality. The promise of this technology has been many years in the making. Glorified in films and television, it has never quite gained the traction it needs to move into the mainstream. But now, thanks to rapidly evolving technology combined with decreasing costs of manufacturing, this is an idea

  • Episode 3: Reading, Writing, and… Programming?

    Nov 12 2014

    “To prepare humanity for the next 100 years, we need more of our children to learn computer programming skills, regardless of their future profession. Along with reading and writing, the ability to program is going to define what an educated person is.” -Salman Kahn, Founder of Kahn Academy Computers are

  • Episode 2: Top 10 Things Our Kids Will Never Know

    Nov 07 2014

    Life sure has changed in the last 20 years.  We can clearly remember a time when people read the newspaper and played board games for fun.  But now, technology has practically taken over every facet of our lives.  And our kids will never know the pleasures of long car rides

  • Episode 1: Halloween Tricks & Treats

    Nov 05 2014

    This episode is all about being free and fun with your kids in true dress-up fashion.  The dads open up about letting go and acting silly with their children, despite a predisposition toward shyness.  Brent enjoys the irony of dressing as a clown while Andrew reminisces about the joy of making

  • Episode 0: Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

    Oct 25 2014

    After more procrastination than we’d care to admit, we finally kicked off the Digital Dads podcast.  Super excited that we overcame the inertia and got this one out there.  Brent is completely new to podcasting and this is the first time the guys got together and recorded their conversation. This