Bad Ass DadCast – Ep 8 – Lisa Prather

Bad Ass DadCast – Ep 8 – Lisa Prather

After a nearly 2 month break from posting the podcast I return with Lisa Prather, aka the wife, to discuss our holiday break. Highlights include Frankie Four’s first “real” Christmas, our 7 year anniversary, and a full family sleepover with friends.

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A Christmas Potty Training

A Christmas Potty Training

On Christmas Day, my son Frankie will be exactly 22 months old, so basically a grown man. As such, I have very high expectations of him which include, but are not limited to, doing things I can brag about on this blog. Fortunately he has my genes so he excels at everything.

Research says that most kids are physically and emotionally ready to start toilet training between 22 and 30 months. I also read that boys are typically a few months behind girls which I assume to be utter nonsense because, well, I’m male and look at me. So, my wife and I had decided to begin toilet training when Frankie turned 2 but we did put some things in place much earlier.

Back in August we bought a potty and put it out for him to “get used to”, which took approximately 30 seconds from the moment I opened the box.

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They say that some kids are intimidated by or scared of the potty, but how a small plastic chair becomes the stuff of your child’s nightmares is beyond me.

Are there toddler classes that teach wussiness?

Is there a “Beware Of Unthreatening Inanimate Object” book series?

Do ‘The Wiggles’ have a song that goes
“Hot potato, hot potato. Cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti. Dangerous potty, dangerous potty”? 

I choose to believe that I don’t live in a world where any child has to fear a potty. In fact, if your youngster is terrified of the toilet, I volunteer F4 to come over and fearlessly sit on it to prove to them that you suck at parenting.

Although we’ve not yet started formal potty training, we have been encouraging him to sit on it. Most of the time he’s clothed, or at least in a diaper, but on occasion he’s full birthday suit when he chills. 90% of when he squats on the pot is when we’re brushing our teeth because it’s important that he understands efficiency. In fact, I’m writing this blog on the toilet while simultaneously brushing my teeth, Snapchatting, and doing burpees. You’re not on my level.

I also call F4 into the bathroom to watch me pee and poop because I’m highly skilled at both. So the other day I didn’t think anything of it when he stood fascinated by my manly display of urination. However, a few minutes later, when Lisa asked if he wanted to go potty like daddy he sat down on his tiny plastic throne. I watched my little guy look down at his penis like —

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For a moment I thought he might have fallen asleep

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I wasn’t really expecting anything when suddenly down in the potty I heard pitter patter. I sprang to the floor to see what was the matter. And what to my wondering eyes did appear but beautiful spray of golden pee my dear.

My sub-2 year old son taking the initiative to go in the potty for the first time almost made me pee myself. He looked up at me and mommy with an expression that could only be seen as, “Did I do good?”

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The wife and I both screamed like we’d just won the lottery. Frankie caught on and quickly realized that the answer to his question was an emphatic YES. My boy made me very, very proud. For once, I wasn’t the little crybaby that teared up over a milestone. Lisa, however, could not control her eye bladder and let out a few drops of her own. It was a few hours before we came down from our urine high and dreamed of a day when he’d poop in that very same potty.

Yeah, that happened the next day, right after he peed again. Granted, it was only one tiny turd, but he did it nonetheless. Talk about some next level shit. He went pee pee in the potty again that night and the following morning. That was 3 days ago. Since then, every time we ask if he wants to go sit on the potty he casually says “No” and keeps on keeping on. There’s part of me that wonders if he only did it to prove to me that he could. To make a point. To say, “Dad, you might be the king of all things, but I’m coming for your crown.” If that’s the case, so be it. I’d be happy to concede to my son in this Game Of (Porcelain) Thrones.

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If you haven’t yet please give a listen to my podcast, Bad Ass DadCast. Episodes are posted here on the blog on (mostly) weekly basis. It’s just fun conversations with other parents, authors, and experts to discuss the experience of raising kids.

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Bad Ass DadCast – Ep 7 – Joe DeSena

Bad Ass DadCast – Ep 7 – Joe DeSena

Episode 7 of the Bad Ass DadCast features a conversation with Joe DeSena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race, author of two books, and parent. Joe has 4 kids and pushes them to be the best they can be in a way some might consider controversial.

Listen to Joe and Frank discuss teaching your kids to overcome obstacles, excel and achieve something in a world where most people are soft. They also talk the idea of “everyone gets a trophy” and why it’s not helpful.

And if you haven’t done a Spartan Race, go to www.spartanrace.com and sign up. It’ll change your life.

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Check out the episode via:

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Halloween And The Kiss Of Death

Halloween And The Kiss Of Death

Frankie Four just hit 20 months old so this was his first real Halloween. I tried to ease him into it by taking him shopping for decorations at the 99 Cent Store. He’s a smart kid so he immediately tried to cover his face lest someone see him shopping at the 99 Cent Store.

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The previous year we took him to a Halloween party where he went as a lump of fat that didn’t do anything useful or say any meaningful words (insert Trump joke here).

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This year, however, he went as some sort of a smudge that once looked like a skeleton but ended up as kind of a panda. His mother, the world famous makeup artist known as www.makeupartist411.com, struggled valiantly to apply makeup to a two-foot tall tornado who promptly rubbed his face on the sofa, the floor, my pants, and a peanut butter sandwich.

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Eventually we made our way toward the neighbors house where he would have his first ever trick or treating experience and/or learn to case a house. With mommy and grandma in tow, we crossed the street and I set him down on the sidewalk so he could approach the house on his own two feet like a man.

I said, “Hold daddy’s hand,” and my favorite human being that’s ever lived looked up at me and put his tiny hand in mine. I can’t even try to come up with a funny or sarcastic comment about that. I almost lost it right there in front of my wife, mother-in-law, neighbors, and strangers on the street. There are moments like this one that force me to stop in my tracks because I feel dizzy. It’s like I can’t handle the amount of love that flows through my body. All of his little milestones are a big deal to me but some effect me more than others. Frankie carrying a jack-o-lantern bucket in one hand and grasping my fingers with the other just overwhelmed me.

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After shaking off my almost emotional breakdown, we arrived at that first door which was definitely the most fun of the night. F4’s eyes were full of wonder at the decorations and lights, but when my neighbor held out a bowl of candy he looked frozen in time. He doesn’t know what “trick or treat” means. Hell, he can’t even say it. Plus, he’s had very little candy in his short life so, while he recognizes a small piece of chocolate, an entire bowl of diabetes delights is foreign to him. He just stood there while my neighbor grabbed a handful of goodies and dropped them in his bucket.

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I don’t think he completely grasped the glory of the situation he was in—free candy, by the bucket, and daddy was allowing it. Pretty sure he thought I was entrapping him rather than what I was actually doing which was using him as a front to get me free candy by the bucket. Much easier than my usual method of candy collecting by way of home invasion.

I did allow him a few pieces of candy which, as you can see below, caused me great personal joy.

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With a few stops under his belt F4 finally started to pick up on the protocol. It took some prompting but most houses got a “Peas” in place of “Trick-or-treat” followed by the blowing of a kiss in place of a “Thank you”. At one point my wife told one of the ladies handing out candy that it was “the kiss of death” which caused a look of genuine horror. I don’t know if the woman was superstitious or dying of something but that was the last time that happened.

The grand finale of every stop was an unsolicited, top-of-his-lungs shouting of “BYEEEE!” which got a huge laugh and a return “Bye!” What no one anticipated was that for every “Bye!” they put in the pot, Frankie would raise them one exponentially louder “BYEEEE!” even if we were halfway down the block. Eventually they’d just give up because, like the Terminator, F4 would never stop. He always got the last word which he clearly learned by watching me is just because he’s friendly.

After what felt like 100 houses, but was probably more like 10, we were all exhausted. Some of us from trying to pull others to the ground.

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And others from having to be carried from house to house.

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Eventually those who had exerted themselves were just dead tired.

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So we decided to call it a night, head home, and hand out candy to kids that didn’t require me to wear a weightlifting belt to hold them.

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All in all our first big Halloween outing was a huge success. The entire family and, most importantly, Frankie Four, had a great time. We were all tuckered out but mommy and me managed to stay up long enough to eat enough candy to feed John Candy. Alas, the boy couldn’t quite hang.

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If you haven’t yet please give a listen to my podcast, Bad Ass DadCast. Episodes are posted here on the blog on (mostly) weekly basis. It’s just fun conversations with other parents, authors, and experts to discuss the experience of raising kids.

And join me on social media at:

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Bad Ass DadCast – Ep 6 – Lenore Skenazy

Bad Ass DadCast – Ep 6 – Lenore Skenazy

A super fun episode with Lenore Skenazy, founder of the Free Range Kids movement and author of the book and blog by the same name. She was also given the notorious title of World’s Worst Mom of which she is very proud.

We have an entertaining and interesting discussion about the lack of freedom that today’s kids have and why they need it. A great take on parenting now versus when many of us were growing up.

Read her blog, book her for a speaking engagement, and learn more about the movement at http://www.freerangekids.com

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Check out the episode via:

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So please listen, subscribe on iTunes, and share with your friends. Feedback is appreciated via social media or email at (thebadassdad) (@) (gmail) (dotcom).

Bad Ass DadCast – Ep 5 – 2 Year Wedding Anniversary

Bad Ass DadCast – Ep 5 – 2 Year Wedding Anniversary

This episode features an intimate post 2 year anniversary date with my wife, Lisa Marie. After taking her out for an early bird special dinner at 5pm, I double down on the romance by parking our car roadside to record the podcast. My irresistible charm is pretty evident.

We discuss the growth of our relationship and marriage, the best/worst things about being married, communication, compatibility, and what we want from the future. It’s intimate, it’s fun, it’s in the car!

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Check out the episode via:

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Bad Ass DadCast – Ep 4 – My Mom And Grandmother

Bad Ass DadCast – Ep 4 – My Mom And Grandmother

In this episode I’m joined by the two women who made me the person I am today, my mom and my grandmother. Without them I don’t exist, nor would I want to.

From left to right are my niece Cassi, my sister Stephanie, my grandmother Gloria Williams (aka Nena), my mom Gloria Mason, my son Frankie Four, and me, the luckiest man alive.
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Family Over Everything. 

Check out the episode via:

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Bad Ass DadCast – Ep 3 – Lisa Prather – Date Night

Bad Ass DadCast – Ep 3 – Lisa Prather – Date Night

In this episode you get to come along with me and Lisa Marie, aka The Wife, on our date night. We recorded our conversation in the car on the way to, and on the way home, from our date. Movies, burgers, cheesecake, and why date night is important to parents.

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Check out the episode via:

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Bad Ass DadCast Ep 2 – Jamie – Down Syndrome

Bad Ass DadCast Ep 2 – Jamie – Down Syndrome

My guest for episode 2 of the Bad Ass DadCast is my friend and neighbor, Jamie Lim Lee. Jamie and her husband Andrew are parents of two awesome kids, Shane and Shiloh.

Shane was born with Down Syndrome and Jamie shares their heartwarming story with honesty and humor.

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Make sure to check out the Club Twenty-One Walk-A-Thon we talk about at the end of the episode and join us on October 22, 2016 to walk with Team Sugar Shane. And all donations are greatly appreciated!

Check out the episode via:

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Just Released My New Podcast, Bad Ass DadCast

Just Released My New Podcast, Bad Ass DadCast

Today I released the first episode of my new parenting podcast, the Bad Ass DadCast, at www.badassdadcast.com. Actually, I released Episode 1 and Episode 0, the latter of which is actually just an intro to who I am and what the show is about. I encourage you to listen to the intro ep just as a primer but you could dive right into episode 1 if you prefer. This will be an ongoing series that explores parenting through conversations with other parents about their experiences. It’s just like other dad podcasts, or mom podcasts, only way better.

The plan is to post a new episode every Monday. It’ll be available the following places:

iTunes – For subscription via podcast apps
This is the preferred method of listening. If you subscribe you’ll automatically get episodes when they’re released. Please subscribe and comment/rate on iTunes as it’ll make my podcast more visible to others. Thanks!

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Player.FM – For streaming on mobile/computer. They also have an app.

EPISODE 0 – The Intro

EPISODE 1 – Jeff Baietto

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