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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.