GMGD Podcast 012 - Wait Until 8th

GMGD Podcast 012 - Wait Until 8th

Many parents today are feeling the mounting social pressures to get children their own smartphones. My guest today says she was astounded when she saw some kids in her community as young as 1st or 2nd grade with their own smartphones. When she spoke to the other parents in her community, they agreed it was a good idea to delay, but they knew they’d be fighting the norm. They set out to make the choice easier on both parents, and their children by using peer pressure in a positive way.

Brooke Shannon and that group of parents from her daughter’s school banded together to form Wait Until 8th. The organization urges parents to wait until at least 8th grade to give their children their own smartphones.  In our discussion, Brooke explains how the pledge works, and why it empowers parents. We also speak about the potential dangers of social media and geotagging and go in depth on some of the downfalls of excessive screen time. We also touch on the psychological reasons wait to give your children smartphones and the research that supports the decision. As we wrap up,  Brooke outlines some great resources to help parents and children fulfill the pledge.

My hope is that our discussion will arm you with some talking points for your conversations with other parents in your community. These are not issues our parents had to deal with and resources are somewhat limited. Wait Until 8th provides the tools you need to make an informed decision. Please enjoy.

GMGD Podcast 011 Driven with Charlie Brenneman

GMGD Podcast 011 Driven with Charlie Brenneman

My guest this week is "The Worlds Toughest Life Long Learner". He's a coach and public speaker, delivering relentless motivation five days a week as the host of the AM Excellence (AMX) and Spaniard 101 podcasts. Using his experiences as a former UFC fighter, 2 time Pennsylvania high school wrestling state runner up, and the winner of season 1 of Spike TV's Joes vs. Pros (among a ridiculously long list of other accomplishments) he offers insight on how to convey excellence in whatever you do. 

Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman left his job as a middle school Spanish teacher to pursue a career as an MMA fighter with only two qualifications- a pretty impressive wresting background, and a will to succeed. Not only did he attain his goal of reaching the "big-time" in the UFC, but he fought the best of the best, including Rick Story, Johnny Hendricks, and Erick Silva.

Today we discuss his book, "Driven: My Unlikely Journey from Classroom to Cage", as Charlie shares his story and talks about being the best husband and father he could be while training and developing a career in the UFC. We also discuss the role of family and community in his success, and how he is able to stay true to himself throughout the process. Everything Charlie does is the epitome of hard work and enthusiasm and I think you'll find this interview to be no different.

GMGD Podcast 010 The Color of Rain with Michael Spehn

GMGD Podcast 010 The Color of Rain with Michael Spehn

My guest today has a humbling and inspiring story about love, loss and regrowth.  He and his wife, Gina, co- authored the NY Times bestselling book, “The Color of Rain” and co-founded the New Day Foundation for Families (503c) which has raised money to offer financial assistance and emotional support programs to cancer patients and their families.  Michael Spehn and family have lived through enough tragedy for 3 lifetimes, and somehow they continue to find ways to turn this heartache into opportunity. Michael and Gina’s story is brutal and uncomfortable, but somehow comforting and encouraging.

Today Michael and I discuss the book “The Color of Rain” and his experiences with death and grief, and how he was able to find the light in the darkness of his experiences. Michael explains that his focus is, and always will be his kids. We discuss dealing with grief, and helping others grieve. How to move forward after a tragedy, and how God is at the center of everything he does. I think whatever your relationship with grief and tragedy may be you'll find this discussion is enlightening and thought provoking.

GMGD Podcast 009 Surrounding Yourself with the Right People with Dwayne Hayes

GMGD Podcast 009 Surrounding Yourself with the Right People with Dwayne Hayes

Surrounding yourself with a network of strong individuals is not a new concept. For centuries leaders, dignitaries, and politicians have held this practice in high regards.  Why then, is this not common practice with everyday men like you and I? My guest today contends that every many should build a community around himself not only for his own good. But for the good of his family.

In this episode I speak with Founder and Managing Editor of Stand Magazine, Dwayne Hayes.  In his work at Stand, Dwayne has written many articles that outline the skills of building a network. We discuss in depth, how to develop a network of strong individuals who can help you thrive both personally and professionally.  We discuss perpetuating healthy communities, we disprove the lone wolf misconception and learn how to recognize the strengths of others, even when they annoy you.  As we wrap up we’ll discuss how this ties in to growing as a husband and a father and finally, what to do, and what not to do, when you’re looking to expand your network.

GMGD Podcast 008 Celebrate Calm with Kirk Martin

GMGD Podcast 008 Celebrate Calm with Kirk Martin

Have you had your share of dealing with disrespectful, unmotivated, irresponsible, or untruthful kids? Are you wondering why you’re navigating through a relationship that is less than it used to be with your wife?

 My guest today has made his living for the past 20 years as an authority in the field of parenting and relationships. He and his son have educated over 600,000 families how to take control of their home and regain the respect of their children and spouses. Today I speak with Kirk Martin, Founder of Celebrate Calm.  In my discussion with Kirk, we talk about his parenting wake up call, breaking the generational cycle of ineffective parenting, growing in to your leadership position within your home, and a lot more.  Kirk goes further in-depth on the three questions most asked by men, and shares some practical knowledge regarding connecting with your kids and wife. Kirk also provides examples and strategies for dealing with many of parentings inconveniences.   I think you’ll find his sense of humor and no drama approach are a welcome departure from stuffy relationship experts. Get ready for a healthy dose of truth as you enjoy this weeks episode of the Good Men Great Dads Podcast!

GMGD Podcast 007 Faith in Real Life with Micah Jelinek

GMGD Podcast 007 Faith in Real Life with Micah Jelinek

In this episode I talk with Micah Jelinek. Micah is a Pastor at Oak Pointe Church Milford. He and I discuss the idea of faith, why faith is important, even if you aren't religious, how to model critical thinking within your children when it comes to faith and religion, how your can grow your faith in parenting and family relationships, and why books and art are the best place to start when exploring your faith.. Micah discusses some examples from his own life and helps to solidify how faith can help you in living an intentional life. Be sure to check out the list of literature below for further reading!

GMGD Podcast 006 One Person Can Change Your Life

GMGD Podcast 006 One Person Can Change Your Life

In this episode of the Good Men Great Dads Podcast, I speak with Jeremy Ball.  Jeremy is a sponsored BMX rider, College Softball Coach, Educator, coffee lover, and all around good guy. We dive in to some of life's lessons and talk about how to make yourself a better man everyday. Jeremy attributes a lot of his hard work and success to his father and shares some stories about his dad leading by example, telling him when he's an idiot, and teaching him when to keep his mouth shut.

GMGD Podcast 005 Be The Man Your Family Needs!

GMGD Podcast 005 Be The Man Your Family Needs!

This episode of the Good Men Great Dads Podcast is a little different than the previous episodes- the audio you’re going to here is from a discussion I had with Dr. Jim Storhok via Facebook live. Jim is a talented internet marketer, a seasoned entrepreneur, and one of the hardest working guys I know. We discussed a myriad of topics including (but certainly not limited to);  why It’s time for men to step up for their families, what you can do to get started, and how you can stay motivated to create the best life possible.

GMGD Podcast 004 What is Normal? with Vaughn Smith

In this episode of the Good Men Great Dads Podcast- I speak with Vaughn Smith- Educator, Sponsored Crossfit athlete, Husband and Father. We cover the four pillars of Good Men Great Dads; Family, Faith, Fitness and Finance. Ever wonder how a Chinese farmer or a three legged dog could make you a better man? Vaughn drops some knowledge bombs in regards to getting the most out of your day- fitting fitness into your hectic schedule, dealing with day to day inconveniences, and finding gratitude in all aspects of your life.  No matter what your goals are for 2018, this episode is bound to resonate with you.

Highlights

  • Setting up a routine

  • Put the important stuff in your calendar

  • What’s your “Why”?

  • Protecting your time

  • The story of the Chinese farmer

  • Dealing with minor inconveniences

  • Fostering a growth mindset in your children

  • Be careful with who you allow in your “village”

  • Syrup war of 2004

  • What is normal?

  • Why Vaughn loves getting bills in the mail

  • Learning to delay gratification

  • What is the first word that pops into your head when you think of your dad?

  • Would your kids be proud of what you’re doing?

  • Which dog are you feeding?

  • Sharpening your saw

 

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GMGD 003 Fitness with Greg Hill

GMGD 003 Fitness with Greg Hill

In this edition of the Good Men Great Dads Podcast we talk to Greg Hill from Idea Core Pilates. Greg is a Fitness professional, health coach, husband and father of 2 with one on the way. Greg and I speak about all aspects of health and fitness. We go in depth on nutrition and diet, activity and sleep. Greg shows us how to create a habit and prioritize fitness in your hectic life. We also talk about involving your kids in your fitness routine so they can learn the value.  Whether you’re a seasoned fitness professional or a beginner, you’re sure to gain some valuable fitness knowledge in this episode.

GMGD 002 Making the Most of your Child’s Education with Mike Flanagan

GMGD 002 Making the Most of your Child’s Education with Mike Flanagan

My guest today is former State Superintendent of Michigan schools Mike Flanagan. Mr. Flanagan’s list of duties, accomplishments, and awards is extensive and prestigious. Mr. Flanagan’s unique insight will help you make the most of your child’s education. We discuss the state of public education, why reading to your children is important, how to foster a growth mindset in your children, standardized testing, how to properly advocate for your children. This episode is one you’re going to want to keep in your downloads for a while.

GMGD 001 Anger with Vince Anila

GMGD 001 Anger with Vince Anila

In today's Good Men Great Dads Podcast episode we talk anger and emotions with Vince Anila. Vince is a husband and father,  the Executive Director of Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple, and a certified psychotherapist. Vince explains why we get angry, provides some techniques to calm yourself, and how to guide your children away from anger.