The Modern Dads Podcast

Building Resilience in Children and Teens author and Center for Parent & Teen Communication director Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg joins with a set of virtual hugs to parents of tweens and teens as we discuss what our older kids need as we exit the pandemic. Dr. Ginsburg helps us think about what our kids have gained, lessons to take forward, and how to open the lines of communication.

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Barnard Center for Toddler Development Director and How Toddlers Thrive author Dr. Tovah Klein joins with a set of virtual hugs to parents of young children as we discuss what our youngest kids need as we exit the pandemic. We talk about what our children have gained, how we can thoughtfully help our kids return to camp and school, and the gift that screen time has been for frantic parents.

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Father, author and thinker Jordan Shapiro joins to talk about his new book, Father Figure, How To Be a Feminist Dad. We talk about a collective need to reassess what it means to be a “good dad” and Jordan’s call for dads to consider whether our actions are in line with our desire for a more equal and just world for our children.

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City Dads blog contributor Vincent O’Keefe talks to fighter pilot and counterterrorism expert turned school leader and author Dr. Marisa Porges about her new book, What Girls Need: How to Raise Bold, Courageous, and Resilient Women.

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Cincinnati Dads Group Organizer and  The NOMADad Podcast host Brock Lusch talks dad to dad with #CityDads blog contributor and author Vernon Gibbs II about at-home fatherhood, parenting twins, and Vernon’s new children’s book, When Good Fruit Goes Bad.

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Our Dad-to-Dad series continues with #CityDads contributor and Black Fathers Now podcast host Michael Dorsey in conversation with father and venture capitalist Erik Moore about fatherhood, recovering from loss, and Mr. Moore’s path through the Ivy League and Silicon Valley.

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Season 7 Premier: Through this season we will include conversations between dads across our #CityDads network. In this episode, NYC Dads Group Co-Organizer and #FatherhoodIsLit podcast host James Lopez talks with father and opera singer Kenneth Kellogg about growing up in tough neighborhoods, blazing unique career paths, and encouraging their kids to have big dreams.

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Philanthropist and Fodada founder Bobby Barzi talks his work to recognize fatherhood as an opportunity to create a better world for our children by investing in communities and efforts that inspire positive change.

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Author Jonathan Oliver joins to talk about marriage, at-home fatherhood, and his new book, To the Little Boy in Me: Learning with Dyslexia & ADHD. We discuss the partnership he and his wife have created, the importance of mentorship and community, and the message he wants to send to other people learning with dyslexia and ADHD.

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Dr. Michael Reichert talks about his new book, How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men. He suggests that we rethink our understanding of boys and recognize that strong relationships with parents, coaches, and teachers help them succeed at school and in life. We discuss how to talk to boys about the #MeToo movement and gender equality.

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Art Eddy and Jon Finkel talk about their new book, The Life of Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood from Today's Leaders, Icons, and Legendary Dads including highlights and advice from featured dads Mark Cuban, Mark Hamill, and Alfonso Ribeiro.

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Author Mike Adamick joins to discuss his new book, Raising Empowered Daughters: A Dad-to-Dad Guide, and his effort to meet dads where they are to discuss equality, representation, and feminism. 

NOTE: This show includes discussions of some challenging topics including rape culture, racism, and sexism.

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Author, Podcaster, and Community Organizer Mike Dorsey talks about his book, Dynamic Black Fatherhood Manifesto. We talk about Mike’s motivation to create a community for active and engaged black fathers and the impact of his work within and outside the black community.

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Author Brett Grayson talks about his new book, What Could Go Wrong?: My Mostly Comedic Journey Through Marriage, Parenting and Depression. He discusses his effort to bring humor to stories related to his own mental health and why he thinks it is important to be open and honest about the darker moments of parenting and marriage.

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Author Clint Edwards discusses his new book, I’m Sorry—Love, Your Husband, a collection of humorous and heartfelt apologies written from his viewpoint as husband and father. Impacted by the absence of his own father, Edwards confronts his own lack of a role model through honesty, trial, and error.

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City Dads Group Contributor Whit Honea speaks with former  Disney Interactive Editor In Chief Catherine Connors about her new startup, Maverick, a video and photo-driven social network for tweens and teens that encourages and rewards creativity, authenticity, and support.

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We’re noticing that parents, especially parents of young children, are unhappy.  We all desperately want to enjoy this time with our children, but it is easy to get bogged down in late night feedings, pre-school admissions, trying to get our kids to eat a vegetable, or worrying about our kids' addiction to Fortnite. We’re tackling the issue head-on with former New York Times Motherlode Editor, KJ Dell’Antonia, as we talk about her new book, How to be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute.

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All too often, we see dads in the news threatening their daughters’ boyfriends with various forms of bodily harm. Recently, it was former NFL kicker Jay Feely holding a gun by his side as he wished his daughter and her date a good time at prom. The Internet blew up with the usual debates about guns, but we saw another issue though-- fathers of sons don't want their children to be treated like predators.

For this episode, we brought together some of our favorite dads to offer Mr. Feely and other dads of daughters a different perspective. Jason Greene, Mike Reynolds, and Chris Bernholdt offer their perspective as dads of daughters, and Whit Honea offers his perspective as a father of sons.

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Whit Honea speaks this week with two powerful voices on parents’ roles in #MeToo, Karen Walrond and Mike Reynolds.  Mike is a blogger and journeyman cross-stitcher and Karen is an author, photographer, speaker, and coach. Each gives their unique perspective on how we, as parents, can best prepare our children for a new -- and more equitable -- world.  

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The Dangerous Book for Boys was required reading in City Dads contributor Whit Honea’s house when his sons were younger, and the new Amazon Prime series by Bryan Cranston and Greg Mottola is now must-watch TV.  Whit speaks with one of the young stars from the new show, Gabriel Bateman, who plays Wyatt, a boy trying to find himself through loss and imagination. Whit’s 12-year-old Zane Honea also joins to share his thoughts on the book, the show, and his dad’s overall job performance.

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Psychologist, Author, and Mom of 3 Dr. Sheryl Ziegler talks about her new book Mommy Burnout, How to Reclaim Your Life and Raise Healthier Children in the Process. We discuss strategies for both moms and dads can avoid burnout as we navigate between work, childcare, eldercare, our relationship, and self-care.

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A Better Balance Co-Founder and Co-President Dina Bakst talks about her work to help women and men across the economic spectrum care for their loved ones without risking their jobs.  We talk about New York’s employee-funded paid family leave law that provides most non-government workers with job-protected, paid leave to care for a new child or a loved one with a serious health condition. We also talk about the 25th Anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the potential for a nationwide paid family leave program.

Whit and Tricia Honea join at the end of the show to talk about the challenges they faced with no access to paid leave after the birth of their sons.

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Los Angeles parents and bloggers Heather and Mike Spohr share humorous, but practical tips from their new book, The Toddler Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Whiny Unfed. They talk about the non-judgmental advice they have for surviving the toddlerhood and share the story behind Friends of Maddie, the charity they started after the loss of their first child.

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NPR Digital Education Correspondent and Author Anya Kamenetz talks about her new book, The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media & Real Life. Anya shares her realistic, research-based approach to enjoying screen time with our children.

City Dads Group contributor Whit Honea joins to share how he helps his two boys fit technology and screen time into their lives.

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Bestselling author and dad of two Drew Daywalt talks about his popular books The Day the Crayons QuitThe Day the Crayons Came HomeThe Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, and Star Wars BB-8 on the Run. We talk about his creative process as a writer, why he does it, and the impact of success on his family. Drew also shares some behind-the-scenes insight into the upcoming film version of The Day the Crayons Quit.

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Dad, author, and entrepreneur Peter Shankman talks about his new book, Faster Than Normal: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success With the Secrets of the ADHD Mind. We talk about the success that he attributes to living with ADHD. He also shares the tips and tricks he has developed to be more effective and productive.

The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins to share what happened when he stopped worrying and embraced his son's individuality.

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TTPM Content Director and Toy Time! author Christopher Byrne reveals the hot toys and games for toddlers to teens this holiday season. The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea tells us how to encourage our kids to think about more than the gifts they receive.

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Author and father of 2 Doyin Richards joins Whit Honea and Josh Kross to discuss his latest book, What’s the Difference: Being Different is Amazing and the continuing national conversation about bias, privilege, and how to talk to our kids about race relations.

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New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims talks about her new book, Real Americans, a memoir of her experience as a biracial black girl, woman, daughter, and mother raising two biracial children in modern America. We talk about the steps allies can take to support and understand the perspectives of “the other” and advice for parents raising children of color.


The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea, a white male raising two white males, shares the conversation he is having with his boys about race.

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Whit Honea talks to dad of 4, Twitter celebrity, and author James Breakwell (aka Exploding Unicorn) about his new book: Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Author, speaker, coach, and father of 3, Devon Bandison talks about his new book, Fatherhood is Leadership: Your Playbook for Success, Self-Leadership, and a Richer Life. Devon shares how he has used his own life experience to create a set of tools that fathers can use to overcome their own challenges in work, marriage, and parenting.

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City Dads across the reflect on the music that inspires and informs their parenting.


The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea reveals the Ray Charles song that he uses to get his kids going in the morning.


#FatherhoodIsLit blogger James Lopez shares the parenting lessons he took from a Notorious B.I.G. song.


The Cipher Producer Josh Kross discusses the Pink Floyd song that he uses to encourage his son to take advantage of his time as a kid.


Designer Daddy Brent Almond tells us about a song he wrote for his son that made a big impact in their family’s life.


One Good Dad Jason Green points to a Rolling Stone song to tell us about how his dreams have changed since becoming a father.

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Lauren Smith Brody talks about her new book, The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, & Big Success After Baby. We discuss the ways families can plan for a parent’s return to work and how dads can support their working partners.


The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins to talk about how he and his wife have set up their work life to support active parenthood and meaningful employment.

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Kori Reed and Mike Becker talk about their new book, Zag Zig Parenting: (Mis)Adventures of a Career-Driven Mom and a Stay-at-Home Dad. We also talk about how their family arrangement started and how it has evolved over 20 years and four kids.

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Speaker, author, and Boston Dads Group Co-Organizer Robbie Samuels talks about networking with parents and his experience as a trans dad. We also discuss our mutual appreciation for the adjustments that people and organizations are making to embrace acceptance.


The Parents Phrase Book Author Whit Honea joins to suggest it is time for parents to stop teaching their kids about tolerance.


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Happiest Baby on the Block author Dr. Harvey Karp joins to talk about the development of his approach to calming crying babies and the crucial role dads play. We also discuss Dr. Karp’s groundbreaking Snoo Smart Sleeper that took him five years to create with MIT-trained engineers and famed designer Yves Behar.


The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins to encourage us to let our teenagers cry.

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Dads from our City Dads Group community share their stories of raising tweens and teens.


Author Whit Honea talks through the struggles he had with his 11-year old son and the teacher that gave too much homework.


Teacher and writer Seth Taylor worries about his daughter’s classmates’ reaction to her very public support of the gay community


At-home dad and writer Vincent O’Keefe recalls his reaction to the moment his tween became a teen.


Leadership coach and speaker Devon Bandison remembers a moment that he knew his 15-year old son was watching his every move.


Blogger and photographer Jeff Bogle encourages dads to embrace being fathers of daughters.

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Journalist and Author Beth Kobliner talks about her new book, Make Your Child a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not).  We talk through some of the age-appropriate money concepts including the neutral value of allowance and why paying for chores might not be a good idea.

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Dr. Kent Hoffman talks about his new book, Raising a Secure Child. We discuss the “Circle of Security” that helps parents be nurturing and protective while still encouraging children’s independence.

We also talk about the difference between Attachment Parenting and attachment theory, and the idea that "good enough" is far better than parenting perfection.

The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea talks to his sons about how their relationship is changing as the boys get older.

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#59: Dad 2.0 Summit 2017

Dad 2.0 Summit Co-Founders Doug French and John Pacini join to preview this year’s conference, the 6th annual chance for dad influencers, marketers, and the media to connect. We discuss how the conversation has evolved over the years, and the team’s focus to bring a diversity of voices the table. We also talk about the potential risk for influencers as they enter the political fray.


Never shy to voice his opinion, The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins with his thoughts on the first days of the Trump Presidency.

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#58: Writing the At-Home Dad

At-home dad and author Brian Craig joins to talk about his new book, Lone Pair of Blue Jeans In A Sea of Yoga Pants. We talk about writing the life of an at-home dad and how he writes “funny” without making dads look like doofuses. Brian also reads two passages from his book that epitomize his life at home with three kids.

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#57: Helping Children Face Their Fears

Children’s book author Jake Gosselin talks about The Pinkaboos, the series he is writing with his wife that helps children face their fears. We talk about the inspiration for the series and a more evolved approach to writing for and about girls.

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Category:Parenting -- posted at: 1:25pm EDT

#56: Fatherhood in 40 years of Star Wars

Episode LVI: 

City Dads Chad MacDonald and Lorne Jaffe and Chad MacDonald analyze the fathers of Star Wars through 40 years and eight movies. They dig deep into the decisions various fathers and father figures make and the evolution of dads through the decades.

The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins at the end of the show to talk about how Star Wars informs his own parenting.

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#55: Creating a Culture of Consent

Author and Founder of the DATE SAFE Project Michael Domitrz joins to talk about his new book, Can I Kiss You?  We talk about building a culture of sexual consent and how to have age-appropriate conversations with our children about relationships, intimacy, and respect.

The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea discusses why he lets his kids see both his strengths and his flaws.

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#54: Movember 2016

It’s Movember, and City Dads Group has once again joined forces with Life of Dad, Dad 2.0, and the National At-Home Dad Network to grow mustaches and raise money and awareness for men’s health. Movember Foundation Director of Development JJ Owens joins to talk about why this annual campaign is so important. We also talk about the research and development that is saving lives, and how your donations are used.

Whit Honea joins to talk about his own health scare and his newfound perspective. 

If you are moved to support our #MovemberDads team, consider donating to our team.

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#53: Election 2016: What Do We Tell Our Kids?

Modern Dads Podcast producer Josh Kross and contributor Whit Honea share their raw feelings about the Presidential election, and what it means for their families. They also brainstorm the conversations they might be having with their children in the coming days. Note: adult language is used in this episode.

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#52: Dads in America 2016

State of America’s Fathers report author Brian Heilman joins to talk about the status of American dads in 2016. We discuss the differing challenges white collar, college educated dads are facing compared to less educated, lower income fathers. We also look at the impact of a dad’s increased involvement on his children, his partner, and himself.

The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins us with a conversation he recorded with his son about the state of fathers in their Los Angeles suburb.

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Category:Parenting -- posted at: 10:23am EDT

#51: Meredith Sinclair and Your Family's Playful Spirit

Author and play advocate Meredith Sinclair talks about her new book, Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family’s Playful Spirit. We talk about the joys of jumping in with your kids to play, and when we as parents need to step back.


The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea waxes poetic on his definition of play.

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#50: City Dads Group at 50 (episodes)

To celebrate our 50th episode, we asked New York Family Magazine Editor Eric Messinger to turn the tables by interviewing us about the future of fatherhood and the future of City Dads Group. We talk about the changing expectations of dads, the growth of our community, and what's next in the world of fathers.

The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins in at the end to talk about what having a community of dads has meant to him.

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#49: On Loss

We tackle a conversation that is hard for us as adults, but even harder to approach with our children. Josh Kross was dealing with the loss of his father and struggling with the best way to talk about it with his three young children. He asked four of our City Dads for their advice, and recorded the response for this show. Thank you to Josh, Whit Honea, Adam Gertsacov, Lance Somerfeld, and Jason Greene for opening up about how they talked to their children about the loss of a loved one.

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Category:Parenting -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

#48: The Game Theory of Parenting with Paul Rauburn

Paul Raeburn discusses his new book, The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting: How the Science if Strategic Thinking Can Help You Deal with the Toughest Negotiators You Know—Your Kids. We talk about practical win-win methods that teach kids about human nature, negotiation, and cooperation.

The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins with a few words on his parenting approach, perhaps the opposite of strategic parenting?

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Category:Parenting -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

#47: What to Feed Your Baby with Dr. Tanya Altman

Dr. Tanya Altmann talks about her new book, What to Feed Your Baby, a Pediatrician’s Guide to the 11 Essential Foods to Guarantee Veggie-Loving, No-Fuss, Healthy Eating Kids. We talk about the importance of introducing healthy foods early on, and discuss the latest research on food allergies, GMOs, organic food, and more. 

The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea talks through his worries about coaching his son's basketball team. 

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Category:Parenting -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

#46: Parent Hacks with Asha Dornfest

Author Asha Dornfest joins to to talk about her latest book, Parent Hacks, 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids. We talk about the #ParentHacks community and the clever ideas that moms and dads around the world have contributed. The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins to talk about what happened when his kids lost their electronics privileges over Spring Break.


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#45: Writing the Adventurous Girl with Mike Adamick

Author Mike Adamick joins us to talk about his new tween action book series, The Adventures of Crash Adams. We talk about the evolution of his clever and resourceful main character as a role model for boys and girls. We also talk about the new Star Wars character Rey and the controversial toy company decision to leave her off store shelves.


The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins in to suggest parents re-think our outdated labels of boy stuff and girl stuff.   

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#44 Dad 2.0 Summit Preview

Our community of dads is once again anticipating the Dad 2.0 Summit. This is the fifth year of what has become the can't miss conference for everyone interested in the changing role of dads, and it’s impact on both the marketplace and society overall. Dad 2.0 Co-Founder and Content Director Doug French gives us a preview.

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Category:Fathers -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

#43: Dads for the Win

We end the year by celebrating Oren Miller and two efforts that are inspired by his work. Philly Dads Group Co-Organizer Jeff Bogle joins to talk about the scholarship program that will allow 17 dads to attend the upcoming Dad 2.0 Summit. PDX Dads Group Organizer Chris Routly joins to talk about the recent Amazon decision to change the name of one of its discount programs from Amazon Mom to Amazon Family.

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Category:Fathers -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT

It's #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back, and Whit Honea and Carter Gaddis join us to talk about Dads 4 Change, a site they started to highlight causes and organizations that dads are championing around the country. We discuss the beginnings of this movement to get dads and our kids involved in social change and community service, and some of the specific ways we can help.

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Category:Parenting -- posted at: 10:28am EDT

#41: Reaching Men Considering Suicide
It’s Movember, and we are once again supporting the campaign to bring awareness and funding to men’s health related research and treatment along with our friends at The National At-Home Dad Network, Life of Dad, and Dad 2.0 Summit. In this episode, we focus on men’s mental health, and more specifically, suicide prevention. Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas joins us to talk about the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, on organization she co-founded after her brother’s suicide in 2004. Sally talks about the programs they run to reach men in most need of support and least likely to seek it. She also talks about how dad communities like ours can be part of the solution.
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Category:Men's Health -- posted at: 4:05pm EDT

#40: How To Raise an Adult with Julie Lythcott-Haims

Author and former Stanford University dean Julie Lythcott-Haims joins us to talk about her new book, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. Julie's message is a welcome wake-up call to parents to step back so your kids can step up.


The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins with his encouragement for parents who want to avoid the helicopter parenting trap.

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Have you wondered whether your child needs therapy? Do you understand the process and your contribution to successful treatment? Psychotherapist and You and Your Child's Therapy author Michel Weiner takes us inside his practice to shed light on his whole child approach that focuses on strengths, not just symptoms.
The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins in to talk about he takes care of the emotional lives of his two boys.
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Category:Parenting -- posted at: 10:39am EDT

#38: The Gift of Failure with author Jessica Lahey

Do you rush your son's lunch to school when he forgets it? Have you called your daughter's teacher to urge her teacher to raise a B to an A? This is a message that many parents have been secretly waiting to hear-- we need to stop protecting our kids from failure so they can can develop the competence and confidence that comes from solving their own problems. We talk to New York Times bestselling author Jessica Lahey about her new book, The Gift of Failure, How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.


The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins to plead with teachers and schools to consider the value of homework.

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Category:Parenting -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

#37: This Is My Brave

This is My Brave is an innovative non-profit with a mission of igniting and actively promoting a positive and supportive national conversation about mental illness. We talk to This is My Brave Co-Founder Jennifer Marshall  and NYC Dads Group member and Producer Lorne Jaffe about the upcoming This is My Brave NYC show-- poets, musicians, and essayists sharing their truth about life with mental illness.

The Parents Phrase Book Whit Honea joins to share why he writes, and a bit about the highs and lows of the writer's life.

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#36: Finding Dad Through Poetry

Ninth graders at Capital High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico had the opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking poetry program sponsored by Reel Fathers, an organization that engages with the community to build stronger relationships through a dynamic use of film, story and creative expression.

Poet mentors worked with students to write and perform poems that explore the lightness, darkness, absence, and presence of fathers and father figures.

We talk to Reel Fathers Founder Allan Shedlin and poetry program mentor Hakim Bellamy about the impact of the program on the students and the community. We also hear six of the students perform their poetry and an original poem from Hakim.

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Category:dads -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

Every dad has a creative muscle that is aching to get flexed. For this episode of the Modern Dads Podcast, we hope you will be inspired by these dads that are sharing their love of art, music, cooking, science and more with their children. Author Mike Adamick talks about how he shares the experience of creating his books with his daughter, including his latest, Dads Book of Awesome Recipes. Children's book author Christopher Routly talks about the moment with his kids that sparked a Kickstarter campaign and the publication of his latest book, Sometimes You Need a Jellyfish.



The Parents Phrase Bookauthor Whit Honea joins again to talk about how planning for a family trip became an opportunity for himself, for his wife, and for their two boys to access different parts of their creative brains.

Direct download: 03520Creativity.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 3:53pm EDT

#34: The Modern Dad's Juggle
More than ever, fathers are caring for their children, tending to domestic chores, and providing for their family financially. In this episode of The Modern Dads Podcast, we feature a recent webinar City Dads Group organized with our friends at A Better Balance, a work and family advocacy center. Experts talk about how employer policies and legal rules interact to offer support to men as they consider starting a family, taking paternity leave, asking for a flexible schedule, and caring for sick kids.
The Working Dad's Survival Guide author Scott Behson discusses the stigma of  prioritizing family, and what resources are available to assist dads in becoming our own best advocates in the workplace.
Special thanks to our friends at The Handsome FatherDad 2.0 Summit, and Life of Dad for co-sponsoring the webinar.
Direct download: 03420The20Modern20Dad27s20Juggle.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:11pm EDT

#33: Dads on Black-ish

Lorne Jaffe and Christopher Persley discuss the portrayal of dads on the hit ABC comedy, Black-ish. They talk about race, the use of satire, and comparisons to other TV shows featuring black families including The Cosby Show, 227, and The Jeffersons. Lorne and Christopher also caught up with the show's star, Anthony Anderson, to ask him about modern fatherhood.



The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea also joins to offer his heartfelt advice on talking to your kids about the fine line between stereotype and satire.

Direct download: 03320Blackish.mp3
Category:dads -- posted at: 1:15pm EDT

#32: Work, Love, Play with Author Brigid Schulte

Washington Post journalist and author Brigid Schulte joins the Modern Dads Podcast to discuss her new book, Overwhelmed, How To Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. We dive into her research on changing workplaces and relationships and the importance of play for adults.


The Parents Phrase Bookauthor Whit Honea joins again to encourage us to make time for fun in our lives that is purely for ourselves.

Direct download: 03220Brigid20Schulte.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

#31: Pursuing a Parenting Partnership


One of our favorite topics for discussion is the challenge of two parents trying to raise children together. In this episode of The Modern Dads Podcast, we feature another 92Y Parenting Conference panel discussion, this one called Pursuing A Parenting Partnership.

New York Family Magazine Editor Eric Messinger moderates the panel that includes three couples with varying work/life arrangements: a breadwinning dad/stay-at-home mom, a working mom/at-home dad, and a two-income family led by two dads.

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Category:Parenting -- posted at: 3:47pm EDT

#30: The New Science of Fatherhood

Until recently, the science of parenthood focused almost exclusively on mothers. As fathers have taken a more active role in childcare, researchers have begun to look at the impact dads have on their children.

In this episode of The Modern Dads Podcast, we bring a 92Y Parenting Conference panel discussion: The New Science of Fatherhood, How the Research is Changing the Conversation. Panelists include sociologist Dr. Michael Kimmel, neuroscientist Dr. James Curley, psychologist Dr. Michael Thompson, and author Paul Raeburn moderates.

Direct download: 0302092Y20Parenting20Conference20-20Science20Panel.mp3
Category:Fathers -- posted at: 11:48am EDT

#29: A New Definition of Modern Masculinity with Author Mark Greene


The Good Men Project Executive Editor Mark Greene talks to Modern Dads Podcast co-hosts Matt Schneider and Ron Mattocks about his new book Remaking Manhood: The Modern Masculinity Movement, Stories From the Front Lines of Change. We discuss the illusion of the "man box" that is still constraining us,  and how modern fatherhood is helping men overcome traditional stereotypes to live life in full. 

Direct download: 02920Mark20Greene.mp3
Category:Fathers -- posted at: 1:27pm EDT

New York Times personal finance columnist and author Ron Lieber talks to the Modern Dads Podcast about his book, The Opposite of Spoiled, Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About MoneyWe talk about what is means to be spoiled and the steps parents can take to avoid spoiling their child. Ron also gives advice for parents thinking about allowance, giving, birthday presents, and saving for college.



The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins again to suggest that the opposite of spoiling your children is not depriving them of life's experiences.

Direct download: 02820Ron20Lieber.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 9:29am EDT

#27: Dad 2.0 2015 Summit Preview


Dad 2.0 Summit Co-Founders Doug French and John Pacini join us to preview this year's event in San Francisco. We talk about the purpose of the conference and reflect on the impact the experience has had on dads, media, and the decision-makers in boardrooms across America. Doug and John also make some speaker announcements and tease us with some uniquely San Francisco treats for attendees. 


Whit Honea joins us again to reflect on what he’s taken from his Dad 2.0 experiences.

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Category:Fathers -- posted at: 3:30pm EDT

#26: Go the F**k to Sleep author Adam Mansbach Talks New Book and Twitter Critics


Dad and author Adam Mansbach joins us to talk about his latest book, You Have to F*****g Eat, the long awaited sequel to his fake children's book for adults, Go the F**k to Sleep. We discuss his critics and the Twitter exchange he had with children's entertainer Raffi about the sanctity of childhood. We also talk about his thoughts on swearing as a valid and colorful form of expression, and what he's teaching his daughter about code switching and language appropriate for the situation.

Direct download: 02620Adam20Mansbach.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 9:20am EDT

#25: Giving Back on #GivingTuesday with Katherine Snider and Chrysula Winegar

This is the season of giving and we are talking to two moms that have dedicated their careers to supporting those in need.

#GivingTuesday Community Manager Chrysula Winegar joins us to talk about this global day dedicated to giving back.

Baby Buggy Executive Director Katherine Snider talks about her organization's support of children and families in need across the United States. We also discuss Baby Buggy's new Fatherhood Initiative that seeks to help low-income and non-custodial dads provide for their children.

Dads 4 Change Co-Founder Whit Honea joins again to talk about his new organization that seeks to encourage empathy and action with strength and grace.

Direct download: 02520Giving20Tuesday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:46pm EDT

#24: Depressed Dads: Parenting Through the Darkness

It's our second annual Movember episode, and we once again focus on men's health, and more specifically men's mental health. Three of our favorite dads, Ryan Hamilton, Lorne Jaffe, and Ron Mattocks join us to talk about their individual experiences with anxiety, depression, and bi-polar disorder, and the various ways each has found treatment and support.

The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins again to talk about why he is working so hard to make sure his two young sons know that feelings matter, their own and those of the people around them.

#23: Dads Raising Daughters with Jeff Bogle and Mike Reynolds

Two of our favorite dads and online voices Jeff Bogle and Mike Reynolds join us to talk raising daughters. We talk about the uphill climb our daughters still face in the 21st century and the role that we as dads can play in challenging the long-held beliefs and stereotypes that are foisted upon women and girls.

Josh Kross chimes also chimes in with why he thinks chivalry as we know it is dead (but there might be hope)

Direct download: 02320Dads20Raising20Daughters.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 4:02pm EDT

#22: Engaging Moms to Evolve Fatherhood with Doyin Richards

Father of 2, blogger, and Daddy Doin' Work author Doyin Richards joins us to discuss his mission to engage moms in evolution of fatherhood. We talk about the inspiration and perspective he has gained from his online community and his message about dads that is resonating with moms around the world.

The Parents Phrase Book author and father of two Whit Honea joins us to reflect on what he has gained by choosing his family first and what he has "lost" by prioritizing his work second.

Special thanks to NYC Dads Group member and father Chris Persley for joining as co-host. Find out more about Chris at The Brown Gothamite

Direct download: 02220Doyin20Richards.mp3
Category:Parenting, fathers, mothers -- posted at: 2:08pm EDT

ThirdPath Institute Founder Jessica Degroot joins us to talk about making time for work, family, and play. We discuss "The New Normal" where dads AND moms are thinking creatively to find ways to be successful in our careers, to be the parents we want to be, and to find time for ourselves. We also talk about the upcoming season of Thursdays with Thirdpath, a monthly webinar series that will focus on men's stories to demonstrate an integrated approach to work and life.


The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins after the discussion to talk about the ways he and his wife continue to negotiate these issues as they both pursue meaningful careers and parent their two boys.

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Category:Parenting -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

Author Michelle Icard joins us to talk about a time in our kids' lives that many parents dread, middle school. She tells us that these years can be fun and exciting if we leave the baggage from our own middle school years at the door and modify our parenting style as our kids mature. We also talk helping our kids respond to "mean" kids and the social media tools that can we can embrace with our kids. 
The Parents Phrase Book author Whit Honea also joins us to talk about his son's transition from elementary school to middle school and the realization that his son may be ready, but he's not!
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Category:Parenting -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

#19: Summer With Our Favorite Dads Jim Higley, Mike Adamick, and Whit Honea

Summer is our favorite time of the year and what better way to celebrate the final weeks than with some inspiration from our favorite dads. Jim Higley joins us as he prepares for life as an empty-nester and his new role at Camp Kesem, an innovative camp for kids affected by a parent's cancer that is organized and operated by college student leaders. Mike Adamick joins us to talk about his new book, Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments (a perfect book for summer) and gives us a great outdoor building/craft project that we can do with our kids. Whit Honea joins us to offer the perfect response to the "I'M BORED" whine we are all hearing as summer winds down and tells us about geocaching, the modern day scavenger hunt that is keeping he and his kids busy this summer.

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Category:Parenting -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

Blooming onions, beat-up red Jeeps, and baseball lineups are all part of our conversation with father and son Bill and Willie Geist, TV personalities and authors of the new book, Good Talk Dad: The Birds and the Bees...and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have. We also talk about the challenges of being a good dad while pursuing a TV career, the changing media portrayal of dads, and life with a family in New York City.


The Parents’ Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins us again to talk about the conversations he's dreading having with his kids.


Special thanks to Dove Men+Care for sponsoring this episode. Check out their short film for Father's Day at and join in with your own #RealDadMoments on Twitter and Instagram.

Direct download: 01820Good20Talk2C20Dad.mp3
Category:Fathers -- posted at: 5:11pm EDT

Dads (and friends) Al Watts, Jason Greene, and Lorne Jaffe join us to talk about the upcoming book, Dads Behaving Dadly - 67 Truths, Tears and Triumphs of Modern Fatherhood, featuring stories from dads of all stripes candidly describing their successes and failures as parents. We also check in on the status of some of the long held stereotypes about dads that the book serves to dispel.  

The Parents' Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins us again to give his tips for sharing your family stories and pictures online.

Direct download: 017_Dads_Behaving_Badly.mp3
Category:Fathers -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

Father of five, author, and journalist Paul Raeburn joins us to talk about his new book, Do Fathers Matter, What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked. Paul talks about some of the landmines he encountered as he researched the book and how he balances the impact a father can have on his family and the reality that many children grow up without active dads in their lives. We also talk about the latest dad-related research across various scientific fields including sociology, biology, anthropology, and psychology.


The Parents' Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins us again with his response to people that gush over a dad with his child at the playground, or even worse, refer to a dad with his child as a "babysitter."

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Category:Parenting -- posted at: 2:32pm EDT

Child psychologist and author Dr. Tovah Klein joins us to talk about her new book, How Toddlers Thrive, What Parents Can do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success. Dr. Klein suggests that we consider our perspective and expectations as we guide our toddlers. We also talk about Universal Pre-K programs and Dr. Klein's advice for a developmentally appropriate curriculum.

The Parents Phrase Bookauthor Whit Honea joins us again to share his script for repairing the relationship with your child after those inevitable moments when you lose your cool and say something you wish you hadn't.

Direct download: 015_Tovah_Klein.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 4:27pm EDT

Bestselling author Dr. John La Puma joins us to talk about men's health and the latest medical fad created by drug companies, a diagnosis of "Low T" or low testosterone to treat common symptoms of aging. Dr. La Puma also talks about his new book, REFUEL and outlines his eating plan to shed fat, boost testosterone and pump up strength and stamina naturally.


Whit Honea joins us again at the end of the show to offer his advice for parents trying to balance healthy eating with the treats kids enjoy.

Direct download: 014_Dr._John_La_Puma.mp3
Category:Men's Health -- posted at: 2:03pm EDT

Andy Miller and Brian Stephens join us to talk about their decision to adopt their 6-year old son, the challenges they faced, and why they think it's important for gay dads to serve as role models for young gay men. They also talk about their latest project, The Handsome Father, a community of support to connect, equip and inspire gay fathers and fathers-to-be.

Parents Phrase Book Author Whit Honea joins us again to give his advice for developing empathy and embracing the diverse world around us.

Direct download: 013_The_Handsome_Father.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

Father and celebrated clown Bello Nock discusses his boyhood growing up as a touring circus/theatre daredevil, finding work/life balance when your whole family is part of your business, and strategies for watching your children do dangerous (and not so dangerous) stunts. He also discusses his daredevil circus/clown show Bello Mania at the New Victory Theatre in April. 
Whit Honea joins us again to talk about the importance of encouraging kids to take risks, even if they may fail.
Direct download: 012_Bello_Nock.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 5:04pm EDT

Father and Go the F*#! to Sleep Author Adam Mansbach talks to us about his children's book for adults and why it has struck such a chord. We also talk about his other works of literary fiction and the path that led him to his life as a writer and artist. Whit Honea drops in again to give parents some unique advice for when kids test out those colorful four letter words (F*#!).

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Category:Parenting -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

Dad and Author of The Parents Phrase Book Whit Honea talks us through his advice for handling tough questions and conversations with kids of every age. We also to talk to Whit about the recent loss of his mom and the relationship they built that left him feeling no regrets.  As an added bonus, Whit adds a special segment at the end of the show.  

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Category:Parenting -- posted at: 8:55pm EDT

Father, author, and speaker Charles R. Scott takes adventure with his kids to the extreme. Starting with a 67-day, 2500 mile bike ride through Japan with his then 8-year old son, Charles has spent the last four summers biking the world with his family. Charles shares the decisions and plans he made to align his family, career, and interests as he pursues his version of a meaningful life.

Direct download: 009_The_Modern_Dads_-_Charles_R._Scott.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 11:56am EDT

MenAlive Founder and Author Dr. Jed Diamond shares the latest research about men's experience with stress, anxiety, and depression and the new symptoms men should look for as they consider whether they need help. We also talk about Movember, a global campaign to raise awareness and funds for men's health research and treatment.

Direct download: 008_The_Modern_Dads_-_Jed_Diamond.mp3
Category:Men's Health -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Stew Friedman, Wharton Professor and author of Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family reveals the astounding discovery that only 42% of 2012 college graduates plan to have children—half the percentage who took the same survey in 1992. We discuss the similarities in the value that both generations place on career and family, and the challenges today's generation reports about the difficulty of "having it all" including high debt, increased work hours, and extreme careers. Professor Friedman gives advice for individuals trying to find their own work-life fit and for organizations trying to manage a changing workforce.

Direct download: 007_The_Modern_dads_-Stew_Friedman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

In this episode, renowned education critic Alfie Kohn urges parents to question the prevailing assumptions driving U.S. education policy including the value of standardized tests, the Common Core Standardsthe meaning of international rankings, and the need to have a common national curriculum. He suggests an action plan to turn back the policies that he believes are wrong for our children. Mr. Kohn also gives us a preview of his upcoming book, "The Myth of the Unspoiled Child" that challenges the idea that overindulgence and overparenting are creating a generation of entitled children.

Direct download: 006_The_Modern_Dads_-_Alfie_Kohn_on_Education.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:27am EDT

In this episode, we continue our discussion about raising children in the digital age with our guest, Amy Lupold Bair, founder of Resourceful Mommy Media and author of Raising Digital Families for Dummies. Amy shares ideas for proactive communication with our children about cyber bullying, sexting, and social media apps and also gives suggestions for ways to bring the conversation to our schools and communities.

In this episode, we talk about a subject that is keeping parents up at night, kids and technology. We talk to technology expert, entrepreneur, and Dad Labs Co-Founder, Clay Nichols about a realistic approach to kids using technology and social networks. We also talk to Clay about his latest initiative, LookOut Social, an online education and monitoring tool for parents to collaborate with their children to build a safe-online presence.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT

It's summer time! We talk to Dad's Book of Awesome Projects author Mike Adamick and Cool Mom Picks Founder Kristin Chase about some low-tech projects and high-tech apps that will set us up for a fun, creative, and relaxed summer with the kids. We also talk about the dastardly framed, but ultimately interesting NYT Room for Debate discussion about the necessity of dads.

Direct download: 003_The_Modern_Dads_-_Summer_with_Kids.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am EDT


In this episode, we talk to super blogger and author Asha Dornfest about her latest book, Minimalist Parenting, Enjoy Life More By Doing Less. We talk about several tools and strategies for managing time, de-cluttering our homes, simplifying mealtimes, streamlining recreation, and prioritizing time for ourselves and our relationships. We also talk about dads dealing with depression in the aftermath of the suicide of dad and blogger Marc Block.

Direct download: 002_The_Modern_Dads_-_Minimalist_Parenting_and_Depression.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48am EDT

In this episode, we talk about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's new book, Lean In. The book has been widely seen as a call to action for women, but we discuss the lessons for men and dads. We're joined by award-winning author, speaker, and TV personality Jim Higley who shares his story of being a single father, a cancer survivor, and advocate for men's health awareness.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:41am EDT