Renaming Cast of Dads Podcast #15 to the “iPadcast of Dads” – “iPad, Kindles & VCRs OH MY!”

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The Cast of Dads recorded podcast #15 (“iPad, Kindles & VCRs – Oh My!“) the day the iPad was available to purchase. Only one of us (CC) actually had one to play with, but the rest of the Cast of Dads definitely had a lot to say about this new, potentially disruptive (in many ways) device and how it will transform how not only we as adults consume media but also how it will be changing they way our children interact with traditional and modern devices. The iPad and many other devices that have recently been introduced are truly changing …

“Car Seats & Common Sense” Discussed by Some Punchy Dads on Cast of Dads Podcast #14

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The Cast of Dads were in rare form for this podcast titled “Car Seats & Common Sense“. Maybe it was something in the air or something we drank but geez! But we were still able to offer our “sagely” parenting advise throughout the podcast. I guess that once and a while, we can let what little hair we have down a bit, right? Episode #14 was recorded before Easter, but CC Chapman, the dad putting together all of the podcasts was recovering from some knee surgery but is well on the way to recovery. We discussed a wide range of …

Special Edition of Cast of Dads (Video) Podcast – “Live from SxSW 2010”

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Even though South by Southwest (SxSW) is long over, the memory lives on. 3 of the 5 dads from Cast of Dads were there for this great conference which takes place in Austin, Texas and we decided to do something a bit different. The Cast of Dads that were at SxSW ventured over to the Dad Labs studio and we recorded our first ever video podcast, using the miracles of broadband connections, webcams and Skype. In this episode, the “locals” were Daddy Brad (from DadLabs.com), CC Chapman (from DigitalDads) and Jeff Sass (from Dad-O-Matic) while Max Kalehoff (from AttentionMax) and …

How To Fix the Failing US Education System – Commission-based Compensation for Teachers

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I just had a “brilliant” idea on how to fix the failing US Education System. Well, perhaps not brilliant but hopefully thought-provoking. I don’t think that it would or could ever be implemented but I really think we need to start thinking outside the box in order to re-position the US globally in so many different ways. For me, this is particularly important as I have three elementary school children who, in 10-15 years, will be struggling to find their way through life, to make a contribution and to prove their self-worth. But our educational system is fundamentally broken. Children …

“Tracking, Texting & Texas” with Cast of Dads Podcast – Episode #13

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It’s seems like we at Cast of Dads are always talking about social media and parenting and how at times they are mutually exclusive. Part of my day job is to actually be doing a lot of marketing on various social sites. And, in fact, all of us dads on the Cast of Dads are pretty active within social networking. But all of us are also very different when it comes to our kids and social media. I for one, am pretty strict about not letting my kids even near it, but they aren’t even of age yet so they …

Who Lays Down the Law in YOUR Family? – Cast of Dads Podcast #12

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Discipline in the family is never an easy topic to talk about, especially when setting the rules or enforcing them. And it seems that every family has a different approach to implementing these rules. This was the main topic that we discussed in the Cast of Dads Podcast #12 titled “Discipline“. One thing that we all did have in agreement was that parents who don’t enforce any rules and let their kids run the household, will eventually fail in the long run. A lot of this has to do with ensuring that you command respect and understand the concept of …

Are You Prepared for Disasters? The Cast of Dads Discuss This in Episode #11

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With the recent tragic disasters striking around the globe recently, when the Cast of Dads got together to record Episode #11, we spent a majority of the show talking about the serious subject of family preparedness when a catastrophe strikes. It’s a touchy subject to discuss, actually, because when you listen to others, you realize how far behind you might be in your own preparations, emergency kits, safety processes and procedures, and family training. I live in earthquake country and as I talk about in the podcast, I have done some preparation to be ready for “the Big One”, however, …

Cast of Dads: Podcast #10 – “Kids Online & How To Do It Right”

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In this tenth episode of the Cast of Dads podcast we discussed a very important topic that all parents should seriously be considering, that of educating your children about the various social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. This is particularly personal to me as my oldest daughter (a “tweenager” – pre-teen) is starting to ask more about various social networking sites, AND, has pointed out that many of her 5th grade friends are already on Facebook. This is even despite the fact that Facebook and other social networking sites state that users MUST be 13 years old or older …

Cell Phones, Tweens, Texting & Conversations – Child & Family Cellular Safety Thoughts

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If you are a parent of a tween (a pre-teenager), you have probably hit the stage of your child wanting a cell phone. My wife and I broke down (or were gradually worn down) about a year ago with our oldest and she got hers when she was about 10. She wasn’t (and still isn’t) allowed to take it to school and only carries it with her when she goes to her after school activities (although she looks for any excuse possible to carry it!). It’s one of those “coming of age” things. My view of cell phones and children …

Cast of Dads: Podcast #9 – “Valentine’s Day” (Massacre?)

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So it is pretty obvious to me that I’m not the only guy who struggles during the romantic times of Valentine’s Day. For Episode #9 of Cast of Dads, we decided that it would be appropriate to record our podcast on Valentine’s Day itself. Well, it proved to be an interesting podcast filled with awkward silences, proving the fact that when you get a bunch of dads together to talk about things romantic, it becomes a bit challenging at times, hence the awkward silences as we moved out of our “comfort zones”. We are (obviously) much more at home discussing …

Cast of Dads: Podcast #8 – “Superbowl Sunday!”

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Dads are all about sitting around and watching sports and nothing else, right? Especially on Superbowl Sunday! Well, we actually have lots of different opinions on sports and a variety of other topics. So, we decided that we just HAD TO do our weekly podcast (Cast of Dads) on Superbowl Sunday in order to discuss sports, parenting and a variety of other topics. Sure, we all enjoy getting together with our families and friends for ANY type of occasion, but how we approach these events is dramatically different. Episode #8 is appropriately called “Superbowl Sunday” and we bring together a …

Special Thanks to Life360.com for the Blogger Spotlight & a Critical Family Service!

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Life360 is a site that deals with ensuring the safety of your family and protecting your assets (people & property). Obviously, this is something very important to me and my wife so as a service on its own, it definitely deserves a thorough discussion. However, in this case, I wanted to mention something else: one of their editors contacted me a few weeks ago because I had been selected to be in their “Blogger Spotlight.” This is the first “profile piece” that I have had the pleasure of participating in and while I have always told my kids that it …