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Down with Cheerios!

Lots of questions to be answered in this episode. Like why are 9% of American kids diagnosed with ADHD and only .5% of French kid are? What are they doing that is keeping so many 9-12 year old boys and girls off prescription drugs?

Also, why is there a French Revolution going on amongst families and medical practitioners when it comes to how to handle their Autistic children? Is France really trapped in the 1940′s? Have they learned nothing from medical advances and treatments? Why do they love Freud so much?

And finally, Todd informs you why you should NEVER buy Cheerios again even though they recently claimed that their top brand of cereal would not contain GMO’s anymore. That seems like a good thing but you should hear what their VP of Global Communications said and how he doesn’t care at all what happens to you and your kids.

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Sleep routines lead to better behaved kids and adults

How you ever found yourself wondering why your child is acting out or their behavior seems to get worse by the end of the week? Science is finding that more than anything else in your child’s life, be it TV, food, drink, TV, video or TV, the time they get to sleep is what matters most. Sure, feed them crap, let them watch another round of Disney TV, but make sure you get them to bed at the same time Monday-Sunday. And don’t skimp on the time they get up too…

But we don’t stop there. What about parents, or as Todd calls them, large kids? What do they need to do to get a good night’s sleep. Most of the parents out there who struggle with sleep turn to their doctors for a prescription. There are other ways and many people are starting to turn to them and seeing surprising results. Todd and Kent share their own stories. Don’t let caffeine screw with your clock anymore…

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3 Lousy Parenting Tips – that will help. We promise!

Ok, so we will get to the parenting tips, but for starters, let’s talk Dadholes. This is possibly one of the funniest, yet most offensive videos regarding parenting I have seen. DO NOT watch this with kids. By the way, have you ever been that Dad?

Now to the Parenting Tips. Jim Higley is one special Dad who has been through the wash a  few times and over come cancer as well. He writes for the Huffington Post, has his own Podcast and has put out some gems, like this one. It really hit home for Kent and myself. These 3 simple tips really touch on something we as Dads can do at home with the wife and kids and at work and probably enjoy immense success. It’s simple, yet who does it? Do you? Could you even do one of them? Try it out and write here how they worked for you. Come on. We are challenging you.

Oh, and just to throw a little more spice in the mix, we also discuss a case where some upset parent brought Sexual Harrassment charges against a 6 year old. You won’t believe what for.

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Sleep: The simplest way to help your child succeed

It’s seems simple enough, the more kids sleep the better they do in everything. NPR has been reporting on Kids and Sleep. In fact one story reported how kids who feel supported at home and at school sleep better. Seems like something we all should know as parents, but it is something that is killing our kids, literally. Kids without the proper sleep each night are struggling more in school. In fact, some research shows that if kids are able to get one more hour of sleep per night, that can lead to roughly $17,500 in increased future earnings per year.

So, why aren’t kids getting enough sleep? School. Yes school is preventing this. Start times are the problem. States are trying their best to push start times back to after 8am, but all bills are being shot down. Kent and Todd don’t have an answer as to why that is happening but they do share their own experiences with their own school start times, their own kids and how start times are effecting their kids.

Should America start school later? It is is debate worth talking about. What time does your kid start school? What time do they get up? What time do they normally get to sleep? Are they getting enough sleep? What can you do about? Answers lie within this episode of Dads Unplugged.


 

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Bullying – Is it really bad for business?

Bullying is a hot topic and the sad news is that it won’t ever not be. As long as there are sports leagues, a greek system, people who are good at something and others who are bad, there will always be some sort of bullying, and that sucks. But. That doesn’t mean we as Dads can’t do something about. We can teach our kids how to deal with it if presented with a situation where it enters our lives.

As Dads we have to go ahead and take the high road. We have to prepare our kids for the world out there there and considering the way the country has been reacting to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins incident, we still have work to do.

Todd and Kent talk about their own experiences with Bullying/Hazing/Stupidity. How did they handle it? How are others handling it now? There is a High School in Manhattan, NY that is making a difference. There is a Professor in North Carolina who is telling us to all get our Freak Out. There are kids in your own neighborhood who need your help. So do it. Own It. Be the one who makes a difference. Start by listening an sharing this episode and share below what your own experience has been with Bullying.

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Bullying – Is it really bad for business?

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Bullying is a hot topic and the sad news is that it won’t ever not be. As long as there are sports leagues, a greek system, people who are good at something and others who are bad, there will always be some sort of bullying, and that sucks. But. That doesn’t mean we as Dads can’t do something about. We can teach our kids how to deal with it if presented with a situation where it enters our lives.

As Dads we have to go ahead and take the high road. We have to prepare our kids for the world out there there and considering the way the country has been reacting to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins incident, we still have work to do.

Todd and Kent talk about their own experiences with Bullying/Hazing/Stupidity. How did they handle it? How are others handling it now? There is a High School in Manhattan, NY that is making a difference. There is a Professor in North Carolina who is telling us to all get our Freak Out. There are kids in your own neighborhood who need your help. So do it. Own It. Be the one who makes a difference. Start by listening an sharing this episode and share below what your own experience has been with Bullying.

 

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Not all Kids Movies are the same

What Kids Movies have you watched with your kids lately? Was it really a Kids Movie? Some are too violent. Some are too scary? Some suck. What is your favorite Kids movie of say the last 10 years?

Lately Todd pushed the envelope with his 6 year old and led to some nightmares? Is Pirates of the Caribbean too much? What about Willy Wonka? Wizard of Oz? Can other movies like Shrek or Monsters University be too scary? We discuss the greatest grossing Kids Movies of all time. We compare Pixar with Dreamworks. We also veer into some other topics about how we as Dads can do a better job with our kids and still share wonderful experiences when At the Movies.

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Kent’s amazing Halloween Costumes

Halloween holds a special place in Kent’s heart and he is not slowing down with his antics this year. Find out what he is going to be donning on the big night and why both costumes might be some of the worst decisions he has ever made. Plus, tips on where to live in Portland, Oregon if you love Halloween. Why painting your fingernails is the cool Dad thing to do and most importantly, answer this question: Do let your kids gorge on the candy or spread it out over the next month? i know what Dentists think, but we want your votes! Put them in the comment section below.

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David vs Goliath – who wins?

Most everyone knows the story of David vs. Goliath and that David won. But did you ever think that they never even needed to fight at all? In Malcolm Gladwell’s latest Book, “David vs Goliath”, he suggest that Advantages can be disadvantages and Disadvantages can be huge advantages. What? Well, it’s his latest and again it creates conversation about a common topic.

When you hear that someone has lost a parent, or they have Dyslexia, it is common to feel for the child. They instantly become a David in your eyes. But is that fair? Is that true? In this episode we share a list of celebrities who have overcome both, including two recent Presidents of the United States.

So what should Dads do when they discover their son or daughter is the David in this fight? Should they do anything? Both Kent and Todd have experienced being David and both have experienced being Goliath. Which was better for them? What did they learn from that experience? What re they passing along to their kids in order to help them in life?

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Education vs Experience. This CEO tells you which is best.

We are going to tell you why Experience is better than Education, but first we have to get through a couple of details. First, are all of these guys Douchebags? You can’t be serious! Oh yes, we are and yes, that is Brian Bosworth. Next, if you think America has it bad with it’s economy, you should check out Russia. All those people that clogged up downtown and really did nothing for our city should think about traveling east and creating Occupy Moscow. The numbers are staggering. You won’t believe how many people actually control 35% of the Russia’s money…

Now to the important stuff you wanted to hear from us. The article is “12 Ways To Prevent Kids From Becoming Perpetual Students” and it’s on Forbes. I think it should be retitled, “How to make sure your lazy kids don’t screw you over before you die.” Paying for college, whether it is public or private is very expensive and as a parent you want to make sure your money is being used wisely. So, how do you do that? Make sure your kid doesn’t become one of those lame ones who is going to school for 12 years. Get a degree in 4 and get out. But will education really give them what they need in the real world? Kent and I are both founders of companies. We have hired many people. What is consistently the most important factor that makes others stand out in the talent pool? Not how much money is stapled to the bottom of the Cover Letter, (though Benji doesn’t hurt your case). It’s something that you may not even be able to get while you are in college…ok so that rules out herpes.

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