Just Winging It
112 // Putting Parenting Advice to the Test

112 // Putting Parenting Advice to the Test

April 25, 2021

Reading great parenting advice is one thing; using that advice isn't as easy.

After exploring some ancient parenting techniques shared in "Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans" by Michaleen Doucleff in the last episode, Patrick and John chat about ways they've attempted to challenge themselves and adapt their style to test new (old) parenting practices.

111 // Rethinking Modern Parenting

111 // Rethinking Modern Parenting

April 11, 2021

What if much of what we take for granted as parenting in the US is... wrong?

John and Patrick take a step back to consider how we even arrived at the modern day parenting playbook, and they dive further into the recent book, "Hunt Gather Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans" by Michaleen Doucleff to see what we have to learn from cultures that have kept up with ancient parenting techniques.

110 // A Healthy Dose of Risk-taking

110 // A Healthy Dose of Risk-taking

March 28, 2021

Some of our most basic parenting instincts focus on keeping children safe from danger. At the same time, in order to support our kids as they learn new skills we're often faced with the balancing act of introducing physical and mental risks.

Patrick and John bring back Peter from the Midwest to explore the calculated risks involved in raising well-rounded kids who can grow with confidence and deal with danger; whether learning how to ride a bike or skateboard or develop street smarts to navigate the world.

109 // The Battle to Raise Helpful Kids

109 // The Battle to Raise Helpful Kids

March 14, 2021

Why does so much of parenting feel like a battle of wills? Getting kids to contribute around the house—or even clean up their own mess—is a struggle amplified to greater volumes now that we've been stuck home for so much of the last year.

Thankfully, John and Patrick can tap a better resource then their own brains for this one. The new book, " Hunt Gather Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans" by Michaleen Doucleff could not have come at a better time. The dads dig into a few recent articles on the book to work through some new approaches they will undoubtedly report back on in future episodes.

108 // Dad Bod

108 // Dad Bod

February 28, 2021

Alright, so there's staying healthy and then there's trying to look good as the years start adding up. But what does looking good even mean anyway?

Patrick and John bring on occupational therapist Joe Rich to share some tips and dig into what the heck we're all even trying to look like in the first place.

107 // Pandemic Pets

107 // Pandemic Pets

February 14, 2021

Pet adoptions are skyrocketing during our pandemic lives. In households already occupied with raising little beings, the choice to add animals into the mix gets complicated. So what goes into making the decision to bring a pet into our families now?

John and Patrick reflect on their recent pet adoptions and add a bit of commentary on pet culture and animal ethics.

106 // Just Lifting It

106 // Just Lifting It

January 31, 2021

How are those new year exercise goals going? Just Winging It is back to lift you up! Or... maybe just to make you feel better about yourself?

Patrick and John kick off season four with physical therapist Denis Long to talk about how to setup and stick with a good exercise routine while dadding in 2021.

105 // Joy This Season?

105 // Joy This Season?

December 20, 2020

What. A. Damn. Year.

We're still adapting daily with the uncertainty of it all while also falling into all- too-familiar of a routine with life during the pandemic. What comes next?

Patrick and John close out 2020 and season three of Just Winging It considering how and where to find joy during these tough times, reflecting back all the way to episode 22 when they discussed The Book Of Joy by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.

104 // The Feels

104 // The Feels

December 6, 2020

The transition to the cold, dark months brings on some tough emotions even in a normal year. In this intense 2020, the impending winter feels particularly intense.

John and Patrick sort through the latest parenting challenges brought on by the pandemic, how they're feeling about the upcoming season, and the concept of adult pandemic tantrums. Yeah, it's a thing.

103 // Processing An Emotional Election

103 // Processing An Emotional Election

November 15, 2020

The stakes for the 2020 US presidential election could not feel any higher. The results show a country torn in half. Where do we go from here?

Just a couple days after the election was called for Biden, Patrick and John process the emotional rollercoaster and grapple with what comes next for our country and for the way we parent through the sharp political divide that persists between us.

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