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The Modern Dads Podcast tells the stories of dads active and engaged in the decisions, the drudgery, the pain and the joys of parenthood. On each episode, we talk about the issues modern dads are facing as we try to navigate work, parenthood, relationships and play.

Our podcast is not only for dads. It is for our wives and partners, our friends and colleagues, our managers and business leaders, and the people presenting dads in advertising, TV and movies. We know the definition of a "good dad" is changing by the moment, and we're looking to the world to change with it.

Episode 21: Time for Work, Family, and Play with Jessica DeGroot
ThirdPath Institute Founder Jessica Degroot joins us to talk about making time for work, family, and play. We discuss "The New Normal" where dads AND moms are thinking creatively to find ways to be successful in our careers, to be the parents we want to be, and to find time for ourselves. We also talk about the upcoming season of Thursdays with Thirdpath, a monthly webinar series that will focus on men's stories to demonstrate an integrated approach to work and life.
The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins after the discussion to talk about the ways he and his wife continue to negotiate these issues as they both pursue meaningful careers and parent their two boys.

Episode 20: Middle School Makeover with Michelle Icard
Author Michelle Icard joins us to talk about a time in our kids' lives that many parents dread, middle school. She tells us that these years can be fun and exciting if we leave the baggage from our own middle school years at the door and modify our parenting style as our kids mature. We also talk helping our kids respond to "mean" kids and the social media tools that can we can embrace with our kids. 
The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea also joins us to talk about his son's transition from elementary school to middle school and the realization that his son may be ready, but he's not!
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Episode 19: Summer With Our Favorite Dads Jim Higley, Mike Adamick, and Whit Honea
Summer is our favorite time of the year and what better way to celebrate the final weeks than with some inspiration from our favorite dads. Jim Higley joins us as he prepares for life as an empty-nester and his new role at Camp Kesem, an innovative camp for kids affected by a parent's cancer that is organized and operated by college student leaders. Mike Adamick joins us to talk about his new book, Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments (a perfect book for summer) and gives us a great outdoor building/craft project that we can do with our kids. Whit Honea joins us to offer the perfect response to the "I'M BORED" whine we are all hearing as summer winds down and tells us about geocaching, the modern day scavenger hunt that is keeping he and his kids busy this summer.

Episode 18: Good Talk Dad with Bill and Willie Geist
Blooming onions, beat-up red Jeeps, and baseball lineups are all part of our conversation with father and son Bill and Willie Geist, TV personalities and authors of the new book, Good Talk Dad: The Birds and the Bees...and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have. We also talk about the challenges of being a good dad while pursuing a TV career, the changing media portrayal of dads, and life with a family in New York City.
The Parents’ Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins us again to talk about the conversations he's dreading having with his kids.

Episode 17: Dads Behaving Dadly with Al Watts, Jason Greene, and Lorne Jaffe
Dads (and friends) Al Watts, Jason Greene, and Lorne Jaffe join us to talk about the upcoming book Dads Behaving Dadly, 67 Truths, Tears and Triumphs of Modern Fatherhood, featuring stories from dads of all stripes candidly describing their successes and failures as parents. We also check in on the status of some of the long held stereotypes about dads that the book serves to dispel.

The Parents' Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins us again to give his tips for sharing your family stories and pictures online.

Media mentioned during this episode:

Al's book: Dads Behaving Dadly, 67 Truths, Tears and Triumphs of Modern Fatherhood
National At-Home Dad Network
Jason's blog: One Good Dad
Lorne's blog: Raising Sienna
Whit's site: The Honea Express

Episode 16: The New Science of Fatherhood with Paul Raeburn
Father of five, author, and journalist Paul Raeburn joins us to talk about his new book, Do Fathers Matter, What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked. Paul talks about some of the landmines he encountered as he researched the book and how he balances the impact a father can have on his family and the reality that many children grow up without active dads in their lives. We also talk about the latest dad-related research across various scientific fields including sociology, biology, anthropology, and psychology.

The Parents' Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins us again with his response to people that gush over a dad with his child at the playground, or even worse, refer to a dad with his child as a "babysitter."

Episode 15: Help Your Toddler Thrive with Dr. Tovah Klein
Child psychologist and author Dr. Tovah Klein joins us to talk about her new book, How Toddlers Thrive, What Parents Can do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success. Dr. Klein suggests that we consider our perspective and expectations as we guide our toddlers. We also talk about Universal Pre-K programs and Dr. Klein's advice for a developmentally appropriate curriculum.

The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins us again to share his script for repairing the relationship with your child after those inevitable moments when you lose your cool and say something you wish you hadn't.

Thanks to Jason Greene for co-hosting this episode. Click here for his review of How Toddlers Thrive.

Episode 14: Refuel Your Manhood with Dr. John La Puma
Bestselling author Dr. John La Puma joins us to talk about men's health and the latest medical fad created by drug companies, a diagnosis of "Low T" or low testosterone to treat common symptoms of aging. Dr. La Puma also talks about his new book, REFUEL and outlines his eating plan to shed fat, boost testosterone and pump up strength and stamina naturally.

Whit Honea joins us again at the end of the show to offer his advice for parents trying to balance healthy eating with the treats kids enjoy.

Media Referenced in this episode:

NYT Op-Ed by Dr. John La Puma, Don’t Ask Your Doctor About ‘Low T’
Dr. La Puma's website
Dr. La Puma's latest book, Refuel: A 24-Day Eating Plan to Shed Fat, Boost Testosterone, and Pump Up Strength and Stamina, by Dr. John La Puma

Andy Miller and Brian Stephens join us to talk about their decision to adopt their 6-year old son, the challenges they faced, and why they think it's important for gay dads to serve as role models for young gay men. They also talk about their latest project, The Handsome Father, a community of support to connect, equip and inspire gay fathers and fathers-to-be.

Parents Phrase Book Author Whit Honea joins us again to give his advice for developing empathy and embracing the diverse world around us.

Episode 12 - Clowning Around with Bello Nock
Father and celebrated clown Bello Nock discusses his boyhood growing up as a touring circus/theatre daredevil, finding work/life balance when your whole family is part of your business, and strategies for watching your children do dangerous (and not so dangerous) stunts. He also discusses his daredevil circus/clown show Bello Mania at the New Victory Theatre in April. 

Whit Honea joins us again to talk about the importance of encouraging kids to take risks, even if they may fail.

Episode 11 - Go the F*#! to Sleep Author Adam Mansbach
We're very excited to welcome father and Go the F*#! to Sleep Author Adam Mansbach to talk about his children's book for adults and why it has struck such a chord with parents, teachers, and even therapists. We also talk about his other works of literary fiction, the path that led him to his life as a writer and artist, and the impact fatherhood has had on his craft.

Whit Honea also drops in again to give parents some unique advice for when kids test out those colorful four letter words (F*#!).

Episode 10 - The Parents Phrase Book with Guest: Whit Honea
Dad and Author of The Parents Phrase Book Whit Honea talks us through his advice for handling tough questions and conversations with kids of every age. We also to talk to Whit about the recent loss of his mom and the relationship they built that left him feeling no regrets. Plus, Whit adds a special segment at the end of the show.

Episode 9 - Extreme Adventure Parenting with Guest: Charles R. Scott
Father, author, and speaker Charles R. Scott takes adventure with his kids to the extreme. Starting with a 67-day, 2500 mile bike ride through Japan with his then 8-year old son, Charles has spent the last four summers biking the world with his family. Charles shares the decisions and plans he made to align his family, career, and interests as he pursues his version of a meaningful life.

Media referenced in this episode:

Charles' Blog: Family Adventure Guy

Episode 8 - A New Focus on Men's Health with Guest: Dr. Jed Diamond
MenAlive Founder and Author Dr. Jed Diamond shares the latest research about men's experience with stress, anxiety, and depression and the new symptoms men should look for as they consider whether they need help. We also talk about Movember, a global campaign to raise awareness and funds for men's health research and treatment.

Media referenced in this episode:

Stew Friedman, Wharton Professor and author of Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family, reveals the astounding discovery that only 42% of 2012 college graduates plan to have children—half the percentage who took the same survey in 1992. We discuss the similarities in the value that both generations place on career and family, and the challenges today's generation reports about the difficulty of "having it all" including high debt, increased work hours, and extreme careers. Professor Friedman gives advice for individuals trying to find their own work-life fit and for organizations trying to manage a changing workforce.

Renowned education critic Alfie Kohn urges parents to question the prevailing assumptions driving U.S. education policy including the value of standardized tests, the Common Core Standards, and the meaning of international rankings. He suggests an action plan to turn back the policies that he believes are wrong for our children. Mr. Kohn also gives us a preview of his upcoming book, "The Myth of the Unspoiled Child" that challenges the idea that overindulgence and overparenting are creating a generation of entitled children.

Go to Mr. Kohn's website to find articles about all these topics and more.

Amy Lupold Bair, founder of Resourceful Mommy Media and author of Raising Digital Families for Dummies, shares ideas for proactive communication with our children about cyber bullying, sexting, and social media apps and also gives suggestions for ways to bring the conversation to our schools and communities.


Technology expert, entrepreneur and Dad Labs co-founder Clay Nichols about a realistic approach to kids using technology and social networks. We also talk to Clay about his latest initiative, LookOut Social, an online education and monitoring tool for parents to collaborate with their children to build a safe-online presence.

We talk to Dad's Book of Awesome Projects author Mike Adamick and Cool Mom Picks founder Kristen Chase about some low-tech projects and high-tech apps that will set you up for a fun, creative, and relaxed summer with the kids. We also talk about the dastardly framed, but ultimately interesting NYT Room for Debate discussion about the necessity of dads.

Media Referenced In This Episode:

Summer with Kids 
App: Red Rover  |  App: Magisto

Room for Debate

Super blogger and author Asha Dornfest talks about her latest book, Minimalist Parenting, Enjoy Life More By Doing Less. We discuss tools and strategies for managing time, de-cluttering our homes, simplifying mealtimes, streamlining recreation, and prioritizing time for ourselves and our relationships. We also talk about dads dealing with depression in the aftermath of the suicide of dad and blogger Marc Block.

Media Referenced in this episode:

Minimalist Parenting

Dads and Depression

NYC Dads Group member and psychotherapist Alex Stadler wrote a blog post to give some advice to dads experiencing depression and/or considering suicide: End the Silence About Male Depression

Award-winning author, speaker and TV personality, +Jim Higley discusses the phenomenon around +Sheryl Sandberg's new book, Lean In, as it relates to men and dads. Jim also shares his story of being a single father, a cancer survivor, advocate for men's health awareness, and executive director of The Testicular Cancer Foundation.

Media referenced during the episode:

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The Team Behind The Modern Dad Podcast

Matt Schneider (Host/Writer/Producer) lives with his wife and two boys in New York City. Matt is a founding member and co-organizer for the NYC Dads Group. He plans workshops, screenings, and lectures with parenting, family, and education experts on behalf of the group in addition to his regular contributions to the group’s blog and social media endeavors. Matt has written for New York Family Magazine, Huffington Post, Big Apple Parent, Role/Reboot, and The Good Men Project and has recently been featured in Bloomberg/Business Week and The CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood.

Lance Somerfeld (Host/Producer) lives in New York City with his wife and son. Lance founded the NYC Dads Group in November 2008. The goal of this diverse community of 700 caring dads is to provide engaged, active, and involved fathers an opportunity to socialize, learn, and support each other as they navigate parenthood. The blog, a 2012 Top 10 Group Dad blog by Babble.com, seeks to be a loud voice for parents as we redefine what it means to be a “good dad.” Lance and the NYC Dads Group are regularly featured in local and national media, most recently appearing on The Today Show, The New York Times, CNN, and Fox News.

Adam Gertsacov (Host)  is an actor, clown, director, husband, and dad living with his wife and son in Yonkers, NY. He blogs at dadapalooza.comclownlink.com, and with the NYC Dads Group. He and his wife are the founders of the Digital Family Summit, a first-of-its-kind annual conference where teens, tweens and their parents connect to learn how to live as a family in the digital world.

Josh Kross (Producer/Engineer) lives in New York City with his wife and three children.  In addition to producing and engineering our podcast and the Outside the Lines with Rap Genius podcast, he has other upcoming projects as part of the Krosstown Studios Podcast Network.  Our theme music was done by his music project, Shimoda Air Force. You can reach him at krosstownstudios@gmail.com.


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