Podcast #56: Two Male Yoga Teachers

Given that yoga participation in the United States is roughly 80/20 (female/male), what would happen if four men gathered in a small room to discuss its merits for an hour?  Would the yoga universe tilt from an abnormal balance of testosterone?  If you’ve always wondered about this very scenario, your wait is over! Male yoga teachers Michael Wilde (aka the …

Podcast #55: Presidents are Dads Too

Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America.  In actuality, he’s only the 43rd man to serve as President (Grover Cleveland served as both the 22nd and 24th).  All of our Presidents to date have been dads (in one form or another), yet only three had children born while in the White House.  Go figure… In this …

Podcast #54: Everything About Disney

We’ve all heard it.  No childhood is complete without a trip to Disney.  If only it were that easy.  There’s Disneyland and Disney World.  There’s hotels and ticket and attraction options galore.  What to do? Dads on Doody called in Ken Wiggins, Disney history and theme park aficionado, to help families everywhere make sense of the magic that is Disney.  …

Podcast #53: Live from Las Vegas at the ABC Kids Expo

What happens when we go to Las Vegas for two days, in the middle of the week, without our families?  We go to the ABC Kids Expo, of course.  At night, we record a podcast from the Sheraton Four Points Hotel on Tony Bennett Way.  Of course. With over 1000 exhibitors utilizing 3,300 booths in nearly one million square feet …

Podcast #52: The One They Call Dr. Thielgood

Meet Dr. Gregory Thiel from Thiel Pediatric Dentistry, board certified in Pediatric Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.  He’s the one they call Dr. Thielgood.  Well, maybe only we call him that…but perhaps it will catch on. Dr. Thiel, who cares for the teeth of all six Dads on Doody offspring, didn’t just stumble into …

Podcast #51: Parenting Through and Beyond Divorce

No one goes into marriage planning for divorce, yet the divorce rate is close to 50%.  In other words, someone you care about will have to manage through the inevitable messiness that is divorce.  If kids are involved, things get even trickier. In this episode we are joined by Dads on Doody listener Rudy Gutierrez, who was divorced soon after …

Podcast #50: Ten Memorable Moments

When we started this podcast fifty episodes ago, our objective was to bring a father’s voice to the parenting discussion.  What we didn’t realize was how it would inform our own parenting, not to mention how many interesting people and stories it would bring into our lives.  This episode features ten memorable moments from our first fifty. Special thanks to …

Podcast #49: Oh… God

What is the role of religion in the modern family?  While most of us associate with a particular faith, in our over scheduled world religious practice is often substituted for any number of activities.  Does it matter? The Reverend Chuck Treadwell, current rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, joins us in studio to discuss faith and our families.  …

Podcast #48: Take Care of Your Home, Boy

The single largest investment most humans ever make is the purchase of their house.  Unfortunately, many of us fall short in the basic care and feeding.  None of us wants our abode to fall apart.  Typically we neither know what regular maintenance should be performed nor have the confidence to step into some of the more technical areas (like electrical). …

Podcast #47: Kids Versus Food

Kids versus food.  For most parents, it’s a daily battle.  We want our children to eat well, but we also need them to eat…period.  Why is it so hard to get kids to eat healthy food?  What does healthy food even mean for these calorie burning machines?  Is it too late to turn the ship around, or are they destined …

Podcast #46: Michael Jordan Was Breastfed

While we can neither confirm nor deny that Michael Jordan was breastfed, we do know that guys universally struggle to understand what women experience throughout pregnancy and during the early phases of child rearing. We also know, thanks to recent studies, that the men folk are more likely to pay attention if a macho celebrity or sports hero is somehow …

Podcast #45: Parenting Ate My Fitness

News flash!  Parenting is all consuming, often consuming our physical fitness (pun intended) in the process.  Tired, stressed and strapped for time, exercise is frequently the first thing we discard.  Bad choice, and we all know it.  Fitness is the fountain of youth, and a critical component of effective parenting.  If only someone could tell us how to make it …

Special Edition Podcast #2: Fantasy Football Draft Spectacular

Jason Morton, our guest on both Professional Fantasy Sports Dad and From Folgers to Fresh Roasted podcast episodes, stops by to help Dads on Doody listeners ace this year’s fantasy football draft.  Unfortunately, this discussion happened a few days late for Will’s benefit.  Oh well, there’s always the waiver wire. Jason is a football expert (as in he played the …

Podcast #44: Family Movie Night Solved

Dave Karger is a well-known television host, interviewer and entertainment expert.  In fact, he is THE resident movie expert on TODAY.  You may have seen him on Access Hollywood, the Oscar’s red carpet for E! or Turner Classic Movies where he hosted a weekly movie series this past July. Dave also worked and wrote for Entertainment Weekly for 17 years.  …

Podcast #43: Back to School

It’s officially back to school time.  Are you ready?  Shawn Whitehouse, a popular elementary school teacher in Austin, joins us in studio to share his wisdom with parents all across this great land.  Topics covered include strategies for preparing your children (and yourself) over the remaining few weeks of summer, how to effectively engage with your child’s new teacher out …

Podcast #42: The Sex Talk

It’s the moment we all dread as parents.  The moment we knew was coming but tried to put out of our minds.  The moment many of our own parents let pass by, electing to have others provide our education on the facts of life.  Yes folks, it’s the sex talk. Well guess what?  As modern parents, it’s our responsibility.  Moms …

Podcast #41: Folgers to Fresh Roasted (Part 2)

Part two of a two part series on the number one parenting tool, coffee!  If you missed episode one, listen to learn about the history of fresh roasted coffee in America.  In this episode RC Beall, one of America’s coffee pioneers, reveals the secrets to creating the perfect brew at home.  Learn from the master! And if you really just …

Podcast #40: Folgers to Fresh Roasted (Part 1)

Thirty years ago, the best part of waking up was Folgers in your cup.  Today, Starbucks sets the bar as a baseline for decent coffee, and there is a growing culture that contemplates coffee the same way connoisseurs do fine wine. Coffee is also one of, if not the, most popular parenting tools.  Most of us, as modern parents, rely on …

Podcast #39: Life After Kids, Fact or Fiction

So you’re about to have your first kid.  Of course you’ll think the baby is cute.  Of course those carefree weekends will roll on.  Of course you’ll still have sex.  And no, you won’t need to get a minivan.  Or will you? In this episode we discuss whether common beliefs about life after kids are FACT or FICTION.  In a …

Podcast #38: A Dose of Perspective (Part 2)

Perspective. It is easy in our culture of convenience and comfort to lose perspective. The 24 hour news cycle and non-stop train of social media often leads us to believe that we live in a world full of only hate and destruction. We focus on small things that we can’t control, and forget the simple blessings that are right in …

Podcast #37: A Dose of Perspective (Part 1)

Perspective. It is easy in our culture of convenience and comfort to lose perspective.  The 24 hour news cycle and non-stop train of social media often leads us to believe that we live in a world full of only hate and destruction.  We focus on small things that we can’t control, and forget the simple blessings that are right in …

Podcast #36: Life is a Chore

As parents, we all know the importance of teaching our children the value of hard work. Yet how many of us have attempted to implement a chore regime, only to have it fall apart a week later in the midst of our over busy lives?  Well, your solution is here.  Homey, a chore tracking application that is fun for the …

Podcast #35: Understanding Autism

Dads on Doody medical expert Dr. Oddz, professionally known as Dr. James Marroquin from our Healthy Dad Basics episode, joins us again for an important discussion on autism.  Not only does Dr. James have a professional perspective on autism, but also a personal one as his son Micah is autistic.  Hear Dr. James discuss his journey with autism, from the …

Podcast #34: Our Adoption Story

Part two of a two part series.  In this episode we visit with Kristan Shimpi, who shares her family’s personal experiences with adoption. After making the active decision to adopt, the Shimpis encountered unexpected challenges to make their dream a reality.  Two adopted children later (from India and Guatemala), Kristan is full of advice and passion that will give you …

Podcast #33: I Was Adopted

Have you ever spoken with someone in depth about their experiences as an adopted child?  Elva, who was born into a closed adoption herself, graciously joins us in studio to share her perspective on growing up without any knowledge of her birth family.  Her honest account sheds light on the struggles and triumphs for both the adopted and the adopter …

Podcast #32: The Art of Family Air Travel. Turbulence Ahead?

Our first podcast, Roadtrips, needed a book end.  Seeing that train, boat and bus travel have fallen out of favor, we opted to release an episode on family air travel.  Now that we have you covered on the road or in the air, you’ll be all set for your next vacation.  Topics covered include packing for the plane, timing your …

Podcast #31: Father’s Day Primer

Fireman Dave, super dad of 7 kids from our popular Livin’ Large episode, joins us again in studio as we round table on what we want for Father’s Day.  In a shocking turn of events, it turns out that what we need is far less complicated than imagined.  We break down a selection of gifts curated by Amazon in their …

Podcast #30: We Grew Up On A Commune

Who amongst us hasn’t fantasized about living on a commune?  Free from the rat race and surrounded by loving people, passing our days tending to the land and the animals that ultimately end up on our table.  Sounds nice, no?  Communes gained popularity in America in the ’60s, many of which still exist today.  Still, most of us have never …

Podcast #29: A Chat with a Children’s Author

Ever wonder about the people behind your children’s favorite books?  Wait no more!  Children’s author Norman Tomas, of the soon-to-be-released The Devil in Duke’s Den, stops by our digs to talk about everything from his creative process to eye popping illustrations to life in Mother Russia to “chorror” (the specific genre that Tomas credits himself with creating).  This interview is …

Podcast #28: Mother’s Day Magic

Mother’s Day is a holiday that most dads routinely fail.  There’s actually a good chance that you’ve never delivered one that mom (not your mom, but THEE MOM) remembers for the right reasons.  Well, those days are over.  Chris, Will and Scott Hoopman (founder of Kidterview) discuss the good, the bad and the ugly surrounding the Mother of all holidays, …

Podcast #27: Washington DC – Family Vacation Bucket List

The capitol of our great nation, Washington DC, also happens to be a great place visit with your family.  From the Smithsonian to the National Zoo to the monuments to government building tours, there is no shortage of FREE family fun.  Couple that with excellent food and ample public transportation, and you have all the ingredients to make Clark Griswold …

Podcast #26: Pregnancy – What Guys Need to Know

Guys know stuff.  We know that stuff based on our own personal experiences.  Frequently, we believe that we are qualified to be experts on anything that we have lived.  Well, no guy has ever been pregnant (beer guts don’t count).  We may think that we know what our wives and partners go through during pregnancy, but we have no idea.  …

Podcast #25: Potty Training Pandemonium

Potty training is one of the most challenging and mythical parental tasks in the early years.  While it is true that all humans learn to use the toilet, every child comes to potty training with their own unique issues.  In this episode, Chris takes us through his recent potty training weekend and shares tips for any parent preparing for the …

Podcast #24: Remember Me? Single, Sans Kids, Super.

Remember when your friends started getting married and having kids, long before you were even in a serious relationship?  Or maybe you’re in a committed relationship and have decided not to have kids, while everyone in your peer set carries on like rabbits, popping out one after the next.  You used to meet up every Sunday for brunch, now all …

Podcast #23: Only Child Awesome

Only child Dominic comes from a long line of only children.  Both his father and grandfather were only children.  He is carrying on the legacy with his own family, as he and his wife have elected to have “only” one child, Fletch. Given his experience, we’d say that Dominic is well qualified to provide insight into the world of an …

Podcast #22: Professional Fantasy Sports Dad

Professional fantasy sports dad Jason Morton plays fantasy sports for a living (football and NASCAR).  He lives to be a dad.  If this sounds like a fantasy, it isn’t. Enough of the wordplay.  If you’ve ever wondered about how to turn your obsession with fantasy sports into a full time career, listen to this show and decide if you have …

Podcast #21: Eyeballs with Dr. Bob

Eyeballs!  Eye care is a critical topic for families, yet perhaps one that we know less about than other basic health protocols.  Dr. Robert Wong joins us in studio to talk eyeball essentials, from vision testing to LASIK to sports injuries, it’s all in here and then some. Dr. Bob, a young dad with two kids himself, is an accomplished …

Podcast #20: Stay-At-Home Dad

The concept of the stay-at-home dad was a foreign one only a few short years ago.  Today, being a stay-at-home dad is becoming more and more common.  It’s a logical progression – not only do women have far greater career opportunity than in the past (as they should), but the expectation for men to #sharetheload is generally accepted.  Still, a …

Podcast #19: Daddy Daughter Dance – How to Crush It

Ah yes, the annual Daddy Daughter Dance.  Is there a better activity for a dad and his little girl(s)?  Talk about an opportunity to #dothedoody.  We break down the daddy daughter dance with special guest Travis, who joined Will for this year’s edition at Life Time Fitness in Austin, TX.  In addition to being a great dad, Travis is a …

Podcast #18: The Nanny Ed Game

Finding and selecting the right nanny, in addition to integrating them into your family, is a tall order. We tackle this critical topic in a game show format, as Chris and his wife Amy, square off in the “Nanny Ed Game”. Will plays game show host in this raucous and informative affair, covering everything from the interview process to expectations …

Special Edition Podcast: Stand Up for Women

This podcast is a departure from our usual fun-loving content, but the issue at hand is a very important one. We must protect the women in our lives and stand up for them. The backdrop is recent allegations that Baylor University failed to properly recognize, support, advocate for, protect and provide justice to several female students who were victims of …

Podcast #17: Leonard Sax and the Badger Brush

Will and Chris go solo on this one, reviewing the salient points from Leonard Sax’s new book “The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-ups”. If you’ve read his previous books, “Boys Adrift” or “Girls on the Edge”, you know that Dr. Sax has strong yet informed opinions on parenting. We discuss how …

Podcast #16: How to Be an Awesome Uncle

Has one of of your siblings had a child, and you’ve suddenly found yourself an uncle (or “little grandfather” from the the Latin term “avunculus”)? Or perhaps you’ve been an uncle for some time, and you desire to be even more awesome? Certifiably awesome uncle Muz Musal joins us to talk about his views, not only on what it takes …

Podcast #15: Healthy Dad Basics with Doctor James

  Dads on Doody medical expert, Doctor James (aka Dr. Oddz), joins us to discuss the most critical components of health, fitness and general well being for men of all ages. How often should you get a physical? Does your cholesterol count matter? Is it time to take your relationship with your prostate to the next level? Why does Will …

Podcast #14: Livin’ Large

“How many kids should I have?”  If you’ve ever asked that question, and imagined what it might be like to have a large family with 4, 5, 6 or 7 children, your wait is over! Super dads Jonathan (4 kids) and Dave (7 kids) join us in studio to talk parenting shop. Lots of great advice in here, from effective …

Podcast #13: Happy Birthday? (Part 2 of 2)

The back of half of our discussion with Will’s wife, Krista, about the parental nightmare/opportunity that is your child’s birthday party. Since releasing the first episode, we’ve each had multiple pending invitations retracted. Oh well, at least we have each other.

Podcast #12: Happy Birthday? (Part 1 of 2)

Time is a parent’s single most precious resource. Birthday parties are one of the single largest time wasters, not to mention the financial costs. Did you do a double header or triple header this weekend? We can do better! Let’s take back our weekends, and give our kids better birthday parties in the process. Will’s wife, Krista, joins us to …

Podcast #11: The First Cut MAY NOT be the Deepest

Was Cat Stevens wrong all these years, or perhaps he wasn’t singing about vasectomies? Whatever the case, 500,000 men get vasectomies every year in the United States. Unfortunately for those men there isn’t much first hand patient information available prior to the snip snip. The Dads on Doody team endured THREE vasectomies for the sake of mankind. You’ll learn everything …

Podcast #10: Worth It or Not Worth It, Part Deux

The second installment to our massively popular episode, “Worth It or Not Worth It, Part Un.” In this episode we provide our opinions on baby laundry detergent, Euro high chairs, swim lessons, baby music classes, balance bikes, pack ‘n plays, diaper bags, Sophie the giraffe, pullups, diaper genies, back seat mirrors, natural diapers, baby monitors, training toilets, baby carriers, Disney …

Podcast #9: We Can’t Live This Way Anymore

Baker Harrell, Ph.D, soon-to-be father and Founder/CEO of It’s Time Texas, joins us in the Dads on Doodio Studio to talk about how we can raise the healthiest generation ever.  We discuss a range of topics, from the state of the national health epidemic that is childhood obesity and diabetes to how much exercise kids need each day (think 60 …

Podcast #8: Elves are Exactly Sort of Like Us

In a Dads on Doody exclusive, we conduct the FIRST EVER interview of a living, breathing Elf on the Shelf – Carl (aka “Datch”). You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel the magic (if you don’t have Energy Displacement). We promise this thirty minutes will change everything you thought you knew about our favorite holiday sprite, the Elf on the Shelf. …

Podcast #6: Worth It or Not Worth It?

Think of this episode like “Deal or No Deal,” but for kid stuff. We provide our opinions on a rapid-fire list of items the world says you need, but maybe you don’t. Part one of a two-part series. In this episode we cover strollers, bottle warmers, bottles, circumcision, car seats, wipe warmers, baby swings, baby clothing, rash cream, flouride treatments, …

Podcast #5: Cody the Lice Slayer

Ewwww… Lice! Come spend some time with Cody Bradstreet, CEO and Chief Nitpicker of The Lice Place Austin, as we discuss everything you need to know about combating this growing menace.  What is lice?  What should you do if someone in your family has lice?  What are lice treatment options?  Can lice hurt you?  How is lice spread?  Do I …

Podcast #4: Doody Beats, Songs with My Kids

#doodybeats!  What do Thomas the Tank Engine, mustaches, mushrooms and skidmarks have in common? Will and his kids made songs about them!  “Thomas No ‘Mo” might just be your next official jam.  Penguana is likely to be your new favorite artist. The gift of music is one of the single best gifts we can give to our children, and for …

Podcast #3: Top 5 Pet Countdown

Show friend and vet Dr. Rick sits down to share his thoughts on the top five pets for families. Bearded dragon owners will be pleased!  Dr. Rick has great perspective and rich stories from his life as an animal lover, veterinarian and father.  Chances are you are thinking about a dog or cat.  Which breeds are right for you and …

Podcast #2: The First Few Months

The fog of war… the first few months with a newborn is all about survival. We’ve each done it three times, and break it down into the essentials – sleeping, eating, pooping/peeing.  Sound fun?  Oh it is!  We also share what we have learned in regards to keeping a relationship with your partner strong during this challenging period.  If you …

Podcast #1: Roadtrips

Are we there yet?!? Come along for a ride with the Dads on Doody as we discuss road trip best practices for the 21st century.  Learn everything you need to know to keep your kids, spouse and self (relatively) sane during the monotony of a road trip.  We cover topics from in car entertainment, snacking and dining strategies, the best …