Love, Loss and Messages to our Daughters

Jonathan Gardner grew up as a devout Christian. His upbringing at times put him at odds with the desire to fit in with his friends, sharing in their experiences and figuring out adolescence without much of a guidebook to follow. In this episode, Jonathan recounts some of his experiences growing up, being raised by a…

Sex in the Church: Part II

If you haven’t already listened to the previous episode, Sex in the Church: Part I, then I strongly recommend you do. This episode is a continuation of the conversation I had with Andrew Williams, about how his live changed when he found out at 17 years old that his girlfriend at the time was pregnant…

Sex in the Church: Part I

59% of young Christians disconnect permanently or for an extended period of time from church life after age of 15. A 5-year research project carried out by the Barna Group sought to identify some of the factors which significantly contributed to the attrition rate among teens and young adults. One of the key reasons highlighted,…

This Dad Life is changing…

If you came here looking for This Dad Life, a blog on delirium and other truths about fatherhood, don’t worry you’re in the right place. I’ve started a new project, the Man Ting podcast. The blog will remain active, but in a slightly different format and with the focus on supplementing the podcast content. New…

Who I’m becoming

Kenneth Barish Ph.D, author of Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child’s Emotions and Solving Family Problems, wrote that “As parents, we are, unwittingly, too critical of our children.” Courtney Hoilett and Maurice Reid return to the podcast in this episode to share their experiences on how their their family context and their…

Legacy, money and managing conflict

We live in an age where there is certainly a recognition that men and women are entitled to equal opportunities, and rightfully so. But despite the shift towards more women becoming leaders in the workplace and other areas of life, men still feel under a lot of pressure to be financially successful. How do we…

Help! I’m a new dad

When my daughter was born, it was a roller coaster of emotion – joy, excitement and awe… It was also incredibly overwhelming for me, particularly once my paternity leave had ended and I went back to work. My wife and I looked into the options of shared leave or taking extended paternity leave, but it…

The Long Night

My wife and I sometimes joke that our baby isn’t actually ours. One of the downsides to having an emergency c-section is that you can end up feeling a little removed from the whole experience. Don’t get me wrong, in an emergency situation the priority is always that mom and baby are safe, and your…

Enhanced interrogation techniques

We’ve been battling inconsistent sleep patterns with The Halfling for about 4 months now. Every now and then she has a brilliant night and you think to yourself, “maybe she’s finally turning a corner and her sleep is getting better.” Most nights she sleeps solidly for the first 3 and a half hours and then…

Outsourced parenting

I like my job and I enjoy working at the company I do, but I love being a parent. It’s not even close. If it was financially viable, I’d trade in my career in a heartbeat to be a stay-at-home dad. I would probably have to do battle against my wife, Gladiator style, with the…