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Million Dollar Moneymaker

You don’t need a Million Dollars to be a Million Dollar Moneymaker. I don’t even know what one is, but in this episode, Kent talks about the Entrepreneurial Organization he is a part of and the trip that the group took to Greece and Istanbul. There he learned about how kids can educated without sitting in a classroom.

Kent also grilled me with a recent survey from Vanity Fair. I nailed it! Can you? Take the test and see how you do. It’s just 10 questions.

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Start High School later after 9am

This is something that all teenagers want. My dad always said, I needed my beauty sleep. I never got it. 6am came, and I had to get up in order to get through my routine of the morning and have my brother drive me into school for the first two years of High School, then I got drive the final two. But now in 2014, Teens are saying that 6am is too early and while most parents say, “then get to bed earlier” Doctors and Psychiatrists are saying, “actually the kids are right”

Be it the lack of Melatonin the Teens are producing or the fact that the blue light of electronics are tricking their brains into thinking it’s day time, kids are having issues getting enough rest and it’s playing a role in their education. So what are we to do? Should we move back the start times to 9am or move them up to 7am and hope that kids will adjust? It’s a tough argument, and who is to say which side is right, but there are group and kids out there gaining a lot of traction with their arguments. One group is called Start School Later (they stayed up late to come up with that name). One kid who made a difference is Jilly Dos Santos and we discuss her story. And there are plenty of doctors as well, who say it’s the parents that need to suck it up.

Where do you fall on this spectrum? Do you think we should move High School start times to later? Leave your thoughts below our on our Facebook page.

 

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10 Things the Experts won’t tell you about Parenting

First of all, we didn’t write this about Parenting, Kristen Hansen Brakeman did. Thank you Kristin. Most of them don’t really apply to Dads, but if you are a SAHD or if you are just the type of Dad who does most of these things, you need to stop. Take our advice. Kent and I know how to not do most of these things, mainly because we can be very lazy. However, there is one thing that we are sure to do and we want your input as well. It’s #9. I would tell you what it is, but you have to listen to find out.

Also, we talk about what the reaction of kids to a Walkman says about our society and how we might be heading in the wrong direction.

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The best way to get to Las Vegas in one piece

There’s the cheap way to get to Las Vegas and then there is the Kent Lewis way to get to Las Vegas. Each year he does it and each year the stories get better. This time it involves a female cop and a drunken Englishman passed out in Kent’s bed. Oh, it’s one of those episodes, where you just want to send the kids out back or plop them infront of a Harry Potter movie, grab a cold beer and listen. Because some of this shit you just can’t make up.

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Would you let your 6 year old gamble?

Who doesn’t love this time of year? What Dad doesn’t want to share his great memories of college basketball with his son? Todd has two of them. Some people might consider this a problem letting them gamble. But you can find out how much they wagered and what their brackets actually have a chance in this year’s tourney. Plus what was the behind the decision making process? Colors? Logos? Seeds? Plus there is a story that Grandpa may never let us live down…

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Three Bad Words: Be a Man!

You probably have heard it, whether it was from your own father, from your own lips or those of another father: Be a Man! What does that mean? Be a dick? Be mean? Be inconsiderate? Be abusive? This is a great video you all should check out. Really powerful.

I just started the spring baseball season and that is one thing I always say to my parents, no coaching, no comments, no nothing. You do it and I will boot you out before the Ump does. There is no reason for those kind of comments. By the way, if you want to tell them to be tough, tell them, “Be a Woman!” There are many aspects of a woman that puts us men to shame, childbirth and putting up with us men being the two biggest.

We also talk about an article Kent found in the Huffington Post,  that talked about the 10 Common Mistakes Parents make today. Don’t worry, the author says she makes them too. How many do you make? Kent and I added up a few and talked about them as well. Some of them surprised us and it is unfathomable that parents can even do this with their children. How about you and your wife? Do you both follow the same path? My wife and I vary on one of two of them.

 

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Damn, the End is near

I wanted to make this headline a little different from the Parenting Unplugged one. Look, it’s been 30 days. It’s been hard. It’s been eye opening. It’s actually been very empowering. But my main question to all of you guys out there is could you do it? Could you support your wife to leave for a month? No, not when the kids are self sufficient and teenagers. When they are under the age of 10. In this episode, I talk about how amazing this month has been. How the next week is probably going to suck and how every dad should do this, for the sake of his wife, the sake of his kids and the sake of himself. I am thinking about starting up a consulting firm that would support dads when they have to go through this. Look, one month of hell for another 50 years of bliss? Ok, so you don’t have to send her to India, maybe just along the PCT trail, but still, do something. Whether or not she is the CEO of a business, at the bottom of the totem pole or a stay at home mom, you should do something.  Plus, I wanted to find out if the Dads would listen to this episode more than the moms would. I am posting it on both Dads Unplugged and Parenting Unplugged sites. It’s up to you Dads to show them who is boss!

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How to tell your High School kids it does get better

Kent and Todd discuss a video that has been produced called, “It Doesn’t Get Better”. We will play it all for you early in this episode and let you decide. However, don’t take too long, because this video really rubs Todd the wrong way (he thought he was very popular in High School). As for Kent(we know he wasn’t very popular in High School), he believes this can be used for good especially through the lens of parents who are dealing with High School kids. Now, can the video actually talk straight to the High Schoolers? That’s for them to decide.

And with the Olympics going on, we can’t pass up an opportunity to talk about the Proctor & Gamble ads. Hey, let’s praise Moms, because without Moms, none of these kids would have become Olympians. Ok, this didn’t sit well with Todd a year ago when they started this campaign and it sits worse now. Why? It’s pretty simple and it’s something that only dads can understand, but we don’t want to spoil it here, so listen in. Should Dads be portrayed in a different light? Is P&G just dumbing down their ads to the general stereotype of Moms across the country? Are Moms so pathetic that all they can do is drive kids to games and practices? Is that all they are for? I bet that men came up with this idea, thinking they were doing something good for women.

And that’s just the start of Todd’s Tirade…

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8 Tips to better parenting your Teens

Ok, seriously, we are sharing 8 parenting and discipline tips that were presented by The Onion. They are going to make you laugh and they will make you think about the way you discipline your child, and how much better you do it than most. Plus you don’t want to miss Kent calling Todd out on his Richard Sheridan comments from a previous show, though Todd’s comeback might be better. By the way, if you are a homophobe or you know of one, you might want to share the little piece of advice that these two dads share because it could change their life. And finally on the show, why are Teens claiming to be stressed out? Are we doing them a disservice by catering to their needs? Who is really at fault for 27% of Teens being Stressed out? The reactions of some adults are hilarious.

 

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Why Richard Sherman is a great role model for your kids.

Now that you have heard everything there is to hear about Richard Sherman and his tirade after the Seahawks win over the 49ers to get to the Super Bowl, it is time to hear the rest and why what Richard Sherman did was the best possible thing for your child to see and hear. While most fans are up in arms about it, those who look at each situation as an opportunity see what can really happen from this and show why unlike Charles Barkley, Michael Irvin and others who spout off, he is a great role model.

Plus about a hilarious situation Kent got himself in to and how he got himself out of it.

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