Summary: Developers by day, dads by night. Hosts Brent Basham and Andrew Currie love technology and love their kids. Digital Dads is the playground where they get to share the joys and pains of both. Join them as they navigate the uncharted waters of raising kids in a rapidly changing digital world. Armed with only their passion for innovation and childhoods from the stone age, they attempt to contextualize this rather strange moment in history. Make no mistake, they can't do this alone. The only chance they have at making sense of this epic journey comes directly from the feedback and support of an incredibly engaged audience. So what are you waiting for? Help them potential listener, you're their only hope!
Getting kids to eat their veggies may be the biggest problem we face as parents. Well, at least next to getting them to bed on time. Nothing beats that. But making sure they eat healthy is can be an enormous challenge. This week we talk with Dina Rose about her book It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating about exactly that. With a PhD in sociology from Duke University and fifteen years experience in teaching and research led to this book. We are very excited to have her join us on this episode.Her approach shifts the focus from nutrition to habits and has received remarkable results. If you have a child who may be slightly picky about food then this is the show for you. Join the Digital Dads Round Table One Cool Thing * Andrew – Stranger Things * Brent – Future Bus
Today’s show we discuss the latest craze to sweep the land….it’s..uh…hold on a sec…gotcha! Where was I? Oh right, Pokemon Go. The latest game from developer Niantic Labs and Nintendo has been a pop culture sledgehammer that nobody could’ve predicted. It has affected our kids, the tech industry, and society to such a large degree that we had to talk about it on the show. When will it stop? Is this how the robots take over? Can we glean anything positive from this entire craze? Find out on this episode of Digital Dads. Join the Digital Dads Round Table One Cool Thing * Andrew & Brent – Mini NES
We all get scared sometimes. It’s part of being human. But we don’t want something like fear to block us from accomplishing our goals. We unveil a brand new Round Table Reminder in this episode as Cody steps in to tell us about how he beat fear not once, but twice, in a single bound. We teach our kids the best we can but sometimes we’re the ones doing the learning. Join the Digital Dads Round Table
Spending money on kids is expensive. Every trip to the store can turn into begging for one more pack of gum or new toy. But what if they managed their own money for all that stuff instead? The idea of allowance for children is not new. People have been giving children money each month for generations. Kids get to pick where to spend it and if they run out… tough taco. It’s a fantastic way for them to manage money. This is an invaluable skill to teach them from a young age. But in years past it’s been a little difficult to manage. In this episode we have the privilege of speaking with Bill Dwight of the FamZoo allowance management software. He has put together a great web application that solves the problem managing for you. With pre-paid cards and customizable interest rates for saving, this is a fantastic program to get your kids off on the right foot. EXTRA Free Month Bonus Code: DIGITALDADS Join the Digital Dads Round Table One Cool Thing * Andrew – Memphis Meats * Brent – Moon Landing Source Code
Tests are nearly universally hated by children. If you have children, you know how hard it is to get them to agree on much of anything. But on this they agree. Test taking is for the birds. The truth is, they may be onto something. In this episode we have the privilege of interviewing Anya Kamenetz about her book The Test: Why our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing but You Don’t Have to Be. Most of us intuitively understand that the high pressure system puts undue stress on children as early as elementary school. And we also know that testing doesn’t typically make kids fall in love with learning. Yet we press on. Listen in as Anya discusses challenges with the modern school system’s test centric approach as well as many potential solutions. She was so interesting in fact that we barely attempted humor. Think the subject of tests is boring? Think again. There’s a lot to learn here so get started. After you finish be sure to complete the attached quiz below.
Observing other parents in action is something we all do. As you try to level up, comparing and contrasting with everyone else is key to figuring out what kind of parent you want to be. While this can be an affirming experience at times, we also accumulate a list of things we wish we would’ve done. Today we talk about the importance of looking at every mistake as an opportunity to learn and grow. Join the Digital Dads Round Table
Spanking your children is a very polarizing topic. Some people are completely against it while others think it’s a necessary part of raising respectful children. Needless to say it can be a very emotional topic as it relates to raising our kids. In this episode we got together a group of dads to weigh in with their thoughts on the subject. Christopher Tupa, Eric Ketzer, Ryan Brown, and Chad Munn join us as we discuss the pros and cons of this taboo topic. We discuss the recent event of the lady who got arrested for spanking her sons…. after they broke into a neighbor’s house and stole property. And the bank in China that spanked employees as discipline for poor performance. There were strong differences of opinion but I’m happy to report everyone came away friends. We encourage you to do your own research and of course respect your choices on how you raise your children. It is our intent to get you to think about how you parent and introduce you to perspectives of others facing similar challenges. Join the Digital Dads Round Table [Resources] * Time Article on Spanking * Positive Discipline (book) * The Kazdin Method for Parenting Defiant Children (book) One Cool Thing * Andrew – Coding with Minecraft and Star Wars * Brent – Octopus Icon-Based Kid’s Watch
It’s that time of year again. Time for the family road trip. When we were kids things were much different. There were no iPads, or DVD players, or Game Boys. We had our imagination and we had each other. And somehow, we managed to survive. Join the Digital Dads Round Table One Cool Thing * Andrew – Fantasy Movie League * Brent – Game Developer Barbie
There is a big problem with girls in STEM fields. But thanks to Kickstarter originated GoldieBlox, that may soon be a thing of the past. Little girls have a wide variety of engineering and other STEM related toys geared directly for them. This week we have the privilege of speaking with Jenna Chalmers from the GoldieBlox team. She is the Director of Mobile Game design and they are launching a brand new app very soon. This one is focused on getting girls to try out programming and it promises to be a solid addition to their growing lineup of apps. [GoldieBlox] Join the Digital Dads Round Table One Cool Thing * Andrew – Mathpix * Brent – Mario Magnets
The other day Cody got a bad grade in math. A really bad grade. My knee jerk was to be upset with him. But, I can proudly say I remained calm as we discussed what he could do to improve his performance. We identified it was a lack of effort (rooted in a little bit of intimidation) so I worked with him to understand better. At first, he resisted a lot. It seemed like a big deal to give up video game time to practice. But he got his head on straight and the next grade reflected the renewed effort. He had a true “level up” experience and we both learned a valuable lesson. Join the Digital Dads Round Table
We all want to raise good kids. But maybe our focus should be on raising successful adults. There are a specific set of commonalities among parents who accomplish exactly that. Thirteen of them in fact. And much of it is in the hands of us, the parents, which may come as no surprise. This week we explore an article featured on Tech Insider by Rachel Gillett and Drake Baer. Because we all want our kids to become super awesome adults. Check out these things parents of successful children have in common. [Tech Insider article] Join the Digital Dads Round Table One Cool Thing * Andrew – Band of Brothers * Brent – Chewbacca Mask Lady
Sometimes we forget that our kids have not been on this Earth as long as we have. Activities and entertainment that we scoff at could be exactly the experience that opens up their little minds and activates their imaginations. We have to approach fun from their point of view. After our first ever Digital Dads Field Trip to the local renaissance festival, I muse about the opportunity for adventure we have each weekend and how thinking about our kids first can make the experience more fun for everyone. Join the Digital Dads Round Table
Everyone’s happy when the new baby arrives. Months of anticipation until finally, it’s time to bring the little bundle of joy home for good. But what if there’s a dog in the house already. Will the dog be territorial over the domain? What of the existing pecking order? Where does the baby fit into the picture. These are all great questions and in this episode we have the privilege of picking the brain of Michael Wombacher, author of Good Dog, Happy Baby. Michael has decades of experience training dogs and his latest book is perfect for anyone expecting a new addition. In fact, it’s great for anyone with dogs and children as it includes a 12-Step program to transform your dog into a loving and well-behaved member of the family. Super fun interview! Get Michael’s free eBook – A Pet Primer for New or Expecting Parents Prepare for baby with Michael’s video course – Good Dog, Happy Baby Join the Digital Dads Round Table One Cool Thing * Andrew – Robot Fight! * Brent – Ginger Snaps
Words hurt. Or at least they can. That’s why it’s so important we pay attention to how we treat each other. That is especially true of the Round Table. This time Brent made a mistake and caused someone to leave unintentionally. Check out this RTR about it. Join the Digital Dads Round Table
Less but better. That’s the mantra of the Essentialist. We’ve been huge fans of this book since we first discussed it way back in episode five. This time we have the privilege of speaking with the man himself, Greg McKeown. He talks with us about why doing less is actually the secret to accomplishing more. And in this digital world full of distractions we welcome that idea with open arms. Essentialism is definitely an idea whose time has come and promises to help each of us focus on the things that matter most. Join the Digital Dads Round Table One Cool Thing * Andrew – The Runaway Dinosaur * Brent – Mario in Minecraft