Just Winging It
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.

102 // Work From Home Dad

102 // Work From Home Dad

November 1, 2020

Pandemic life has transformed our work and home lives for the indefinite future. With school back in session for several weeks now, a new rhythm is emerging.

John and Patrick talk specifically about their work from home setup; while their wives are out working, the two dads balance working from home with getting kids through hybrid school schedules and abrupt quarantines.

101 // In Touch With Nature

101 // In Touch With Nature

October 18, 2020

One of the silver linings through this pandemic is the increased time we're all spending outdoors in nature. Isn't that where our children are supposed to spend their days anyway?

The famed Pete From the Midwest comes on to probe into the subject with Patrick and John, exploring how meaningful nature has been for them growing up and now—and how they've managed to promote the outdoors with their kids.

100 // Celebrating The Big One Hundred

100 // Celebrating The Big One Hundred

October 4, 2020

Just like that, we've been just winging it for 100 episodes. In case you missed it, a lot has happened over the last 2.5 years since the show began. But we're not here to talk about world events right now.

John and Patrick reflect back with listeners on the last 99 episodes; some of the funniest JWI moments, their favorite topics, and as a reminder of why the heck they're doing this in the first place.

Coming Soon - Episode 100!

Coming Soon - Episode 100!

September 29, 2020

Can you feel the anticipation? Just Winging It will celebrate 100 episodes soon!

Send in your favorite Just Winging It moment--a time when you cry-laughed, had an aha moment, or simply smiled and nodded. Record your moment and email it to justwingingitdads@gmail.com so we can air it on our 100th episode and reflect back on our sheer brilliance.

99 // So It Begins

99 // So It Begins

September 13, 2020

Labor Day has passed, school is officially starting; so marks the transition from summer to what feels like a new year, and a new phase of life in a pandemic.

Patrick and John go deeper to explore the rewiring of our brains and our lives as we settle into our adapted lifestyles this school year.

98 // Emerging From The Chrysalis

98 // Emerging From The Chrysalis

August 30, 2020

As the summer winds down, the reality ahead for families is sinking in. We're about to emerge from our relatively sheltered Spring and Summer to hunker down for school, work, and all that the Fall and Winter will bring. And maybe transform into something entirely new.

John and Patrick unpack the emotional toll of the pandemic during this transitional time of year.

97 // Back to… School?

97 // Back to… School?

August 16, 2020

The Fall is approaching quickly and the reality of beginning a new school year amidst the pandemic is settling in.

Patrick and John work through what's on every school age parent's mind right now; how the heck is school going to work this year?

96 // Kids Birthday Parties (During the Apocalypse)

96 // Kids Birthday Parties (During the Apocalypse)

August 2, 2020

Two years ago (episode 19), planning kids birthday parties was stressful enough. Somehow now with the pandemic backdrop, it has become both simpler and more complicated.

John talks Patrick through his daughter's week of birthday parties and their strategy to manage expectations with their kids, while still celebrating their big day with friends and family.

95 // Change Is In The Air

95 // Change Is In The Air

July 19, 2020

The pace and scale of change around us is without precedent in our lifetime. So it's no surprise that change is manifesting in all sorts of ways, big and small, in our families.

John and Patrick chat about some of the latest changes in their households, including a transition back to daycare, a new dog, and the beginning of a new career.

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