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Two best friends talking about our lives as working moms, wives, and women with our observations and opinions sprinkled in. We also talk about a plethora of random, fun things we are in to. Join us for some conversation!
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Helping modern moms achieve balance - in motherhood, career, wellness and life - from the inside out, through mindfulness, simple self-care habits, integrative nutrition and holistic health & wellness. Do you feel like you’re constantly drained trying to figure out how to balance it all - pursuing your career or running a business while juggling your kids schedules and still finding time to prioritize your well-being? Do you wish you could stay consistent with eating healthy, self-care habit ...
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Adam Flaherty and Marc Checket are two dads from suburban New England. And while they might think they’re pretty funny and cool, the world clearly does NOT need another white dude ramble-cast. That’s why Modern Dadhood explores what it really means to be a "dad" in 2024 through candid, authentic, and often hilarious conversations with diverse dads of all walks of life… including famous dads, NOT famous dads, dads-to-be, step dads, grand dads, trans dads, and more. By celebrating present, eng ...
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Episode 59 originally aired in February, 2020. Becoming a new parent can be a special kind of mayhem. Add a global pandemic into the mix, and the chaos of the first few months are elevated to a new level. But depending on your situation, those challenges may be coupled with opportunity. In Episode 59, podcaster, producer, actor, and all around crea…
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For those of us who grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Fred Rogers taught us many lessons via his cast of characters in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe; the most prominent of which is that there are many ways to express your love and appreciation for someone. One member of that cast in particular, Dr. Francois Clemmons ("Officer Clemmon…
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What do bugs, sandwiches, skateboarding, comics, Saved By The Bell, mural painting, a chicken coop... and DADHOOD all have in common? Well, they have author and artist Brady Smith in common. (Duh.) Brady returns to the podcast to chat about many of the seemingly random things listed above... but most of all, how much he and his wife Tiffani Thiesse…
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A Day-Glo orange splatter of paint. A geyser of green slime. A seductive forearm tattoo named Petunia. If this doesn't conjure up some serious nostalgia, you either weren't a kid in the 90s, or your mom banned you from watching Nickelodeon. We invited Nick veteran and new dad Danny Tamberelli to the podcast to chat about growing up in the spotlight…
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When you hear the phrase "Lead Dad," what does it make you think? A "stay at home" dad? A dad who prides himself on being the more involved parent? To Paul Sullivan, Founder of The Company of Dads, being a "Lead Dad" is much different... and many of us naturally fall into the category. Hear Paul discuss The Company of Dads' mission to inspire more …
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What fresh hell is this episode all about? Well, it's a collaboration with our new friends Amy Wilson and Margaret Ables, hosts of the popular momhood podcast What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood. The four parenting podcasters waste no time digging into why there are so many more motherhood podcasts than fatherhood podcasts, the valu…
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Being a single parent may result from an unplanned pregnancy, the relationship between two partners evolving or ending, or a purposeful decision. No matter the reason, it's fair to assert that single parents will navigate some unique challenges when raising a kid. George Basil (HBO's Crashing, Netflix's Flaked) joins us to reflect on raising his te…
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2023 has come to and end and Adam & Marc reflect on the guests, topics, and great conversations from the past year. The guys each present their Top 3 clips from the various episodes, and Marc closes out the episode with an utterly explicit edition of "So That's a Thing Now." The guys open Episode 95 of Modern Dadhood by catching up briefly on healt…
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Come join me in my sandbox of life and in this podcast to explore, play and discover something new every single week… because I know you've yelled "Mommy's on a Call" at least once in the last week!!! 🎧 LISTEN: https://link.chtbl.com/MOAC ⭐️ SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW 👩🏻‍💻 SHOW NOTES: MommysonaCall.com ☕️ JOIN THE FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: The Modern Mama Societ…
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In our holiday 2023 episode, we landed an interview with Father Christmas himself, Santa Claus. This episode is designed for parents and kids to enjoy together, as we ask Santa some hard-hitting questions which are on the minds of children around the world... and Santa delivers! Happy Holidays from our families to yours. We are grateful for you! Ep…
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There are certain qualities, like leadership, empathy, kindness, respect, and compassion, that we all aspire for our children to embody as they grow. In this episode, Adam and Marc get a bit deep with Pulitzer Prize winner and Official White House photographer for two presidential terms, Pete Souza, who had the remarkable opportunity to capture the…
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Is there a "right" way to reach our children to be independent and self-reliant? If we always do everything for them, they may never learn to own their responsibilities. But it can be emotionally trying (and short-term inconvenient) to allow them to fail and learn from their mistakes. B Kim joins us to discuss his family's approach to instilling a …
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There are a million idioms about death: It's "the only certainty in life." It's "the end of the road." It's "the great equalizer." But even as adults, death can be impossibly difficult to understand and process, let alone to know the best way to explain death to our kids. Mortician Victor M. Sweeney joins the conversation to share his wisdom on how…
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The guys make a formal apology for ghosting listeners for a short late-Summer stretch before talking "back to school" season with friend and dad of two, Scott Mazuzan. Episode 90 of Modern Dadhood starts with a rapid-fire catch up between Adam and Marc in which they each share several quick life updates in just a few words with no additional contex…
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"Work-Life Balance" is a buzzworthy phrase that has taken on new meaning since 2020. And it's a funny one, because it essentially divides your time into two camps: Work... and everything else. As parents, we all strive to set boundaries such that when we're NOT working, we can be present with our family or rediscover our sense of self... but it's r…
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One of the most important things we must drive home to our children before putting a device in their hand, according to Privacy Professional Marc Groman, is that what they share on the internet should be treated as public and permanent... even if they only intend for one person to see it. Groman, who served in the Obama administration as chair of t…
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Sara Petersen is a mom of 3 and author of the new book, Momfluenced: Inside the Maddening, Picture-Perfect World of Mommy Influencer Culture. Sara has written about motherhood and feminism for The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. She also writes the newsletter, In Pursuit of Clean Countertops, where she explores …
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Episodes Mentioned: Ep. 130 - Cultivating New Habits in 2023: What I’m Leaving Behind in 2022 and My 2023 Word of the Year Ep. 119 - Women’s Health Issues I Never Talked About Before: Removing My Ovary, Battling Ovarian Tumors and My Personal Wellness Journey Ep. 19 - Feedback Loops ---------- Come join me in my sandbox of life and in this podcast …
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We've all heard (or experienced) the horror stories around cyber bullying, the consequences of sexting, or kids accidentally blowing through thousands of dollars on a popular video game. And as dads, contemplating how (and when) to grant our kids access to certain types of technology can be overwhelming. But even beyond which social media accounts …
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It was never all that easy to predict the future, but it always felt like there were at least a few things you could rely on. However, these days, the fate of even some of the more historically steadfast institutions is murky at best: for example, the notion of attending college to get a degree so you can venture out on the path to your career. Wha…
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Welcome back to a new Mindful Monday series on Mommy's on a Call. It's been a couple months off from podcasting due to an unexpected surgery, illnesses and well, life. I'll go into my health and surgery later on the podcast, but for now, bringing back an episode from Oct 2020 that I thought is so helpful as we move forward to summer and the rest of…
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We love and respect all the mothers all year 'round... and can't think of a better day than Mother's Day to turn the show over to our wives to let them catch up about "modern momhood." This episode features the "Mom Takeover" by Sarah Flaherty and Jamie Checket, originally shared in June of 2021. With little instruction and a batch of questions and…
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Adam and his 9-year-old daughter Summer share about their epic family vacation to Orlando which included several days at Universal Orlando Resort, and their once-in-a-lifetime invitation to join hosts David and Kari on the Discover Universal podcast. Episode 85 of Modern Dadhood, a "bonus episode," opens with a chat about April vacation. Marc share…
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[This is part 2 of a 2 part conversation] In "The Lonely Dad Conversations," comedian Chris Gethard interviews a dozen dads to explore commonalities between their fatherhood journeys. What he finds, is that, plain and simple, when we become dads, we turn pretty lame. That's not to say that becoming a parent isn't an amazing, powerful, and positive …
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Everyone has trauma and toxic stress. You don't need to have gone through some major life altering event to have unresolved trauma (I mean the last 3 years were traumatic enough for most parents!). In this episode, I dive deep with Dr. Amy Hoyt on different types of trauma response and toxic stress, common symptoms of unresolved trauma in high-achi…
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Most new-dads-to-be do the obligatory preparation: You look through the couple of "survival guide" style books gifted to you by a friend. Watch YouTube videos on swaddling techniques. Read up on tips for potty training. Buy a new coffee maker to elevate your caffeine game. And ready your mind for the impending insanity of parenthood. But somehow, d…
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Many of you have followed the last 3+ years of my #OperationRoomShare journey. I’ve had my ups and downs with my kids' sleep which in turn affects us, the parents, getting a good night’s rest. We all know the importance of sleep for adults and your overall health, but sometimes those kids don’t let you get good zzzs. So today I’m bringing on a mom …
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Remember AOL Instant Messenger? ICQ? Friendster? Do you recall the excitement and curiosity of exploring these platforms and connecting with new people? The internet was new, and our parents were either learning it alongside us... or maybe not interested in it at all. Either way, for many of us, our parents were not closely monitoring our explorati…
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On today's episode, I'm bringing back an interview with Ara Katz, the founder of Seed. I loved this episode because she speaks to the importance of the microbiome, why we need to take probiotics (and prebiotics) as kids and adults, and how gut health is central to our immune system and health. Ara Katz is a mother, entrepreneur, author and wellness…
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Happy March! I'm currently still recovering from laryngitis and so I thought I'd bring back some of my favorite episodes dealing with women's health. First up... Dr. Aviva Romm Dr. Aviva Romm is a world renowned midwife, herbalist, Yale-trained MD and board certified family physician with specialties in integrative, gynecology, obstetrics, and pedi…
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You know that feeling when you really want to be a dad but you've been in a powered wheelchair since you were two years old and you aren't sure if your balls can produce enough viable sperm that you and your partner can conceive so you do some testing and find out that the doctors aren't certain either which means that you can totally TRY but you'r…
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Kaitlin Soule is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and author of A Little Less of a Hot Mess: The Modern Mom's Guide to Growth and Evolution. She specializes in women's mental health, anxiety, and modern parenting, empowering modern women to take agency over their life and say yes to themselves. She is also an “imperfect mom” to three, ages …
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Shane Burcaw wants to be a dad. He and his wife Hannah Aylward make no secret of their desire to become parents as they share some of the most private aspects of their unique interabled life together in weekly videos and podcast episodes on their YouTube channel Squirmy and Grubs. But will their ability to have biological kids be thwarted by Spinal…
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Happy New Year!!! It has been a long month, over a month actually since I published the last episode and even recorded an episode of Mommy’s on a Call for you all. I'm excited to be back on the mic this week sharing the 3 things I'm leaving behind in 2022, the 10 things I'm cultivating for 2023 and what my 2023 word of the year is. I'm hoping some …
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January 2023 marks the third birthday of Modern Dadhood. And at 79 episodes in, we've had some remarkable conversations with dads of all walks of life. In line with our mission, we've gained plenty of new perspective on what it means to be a father... but the learning and laughs don't stop here! In the "New Years" episode, we ponder new topics to c…
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Joe Mandravelis was about to become a dad to twins when he and his wife learned their two year old daughter had Autism Spectrum Disorder. What they also learned, was having one child with autism means any other children you have are 20 times more likely to be on the spectrum. Joe joins Modern Dadhood to discuss the joys, challenges, and general ins…
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Everyone wants to belong. According to Jermaine Moore, to feel welcome, respected, seen, and heard, comes second only to our human desire to be loved. That's why Jermaine, a father of four, has devoted his career to teaching and training business leaders on the vital importance (and proven benefits) of prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion …
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Leah Arnold-Smeets is the founder of Woo Woo Realm, and an intuitive tarot reader, medium and spiritual guide located in Orange County, CA, with clients all over the world. However, in her pre-"woo woo life", she was a badass COO for an app development company and a marketing and operations expert. Leah’s growth over the years from battling postpar…
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**Trigger Warning: In this episode we talk about her experience with the loss of a child, stillbirth, and miscarriages.** Christine McAlister is passionate about helping impact-driven entrepreneurs attract their next clients by being value-driven podcast guests. She and her clients have generated over $1 million as podcast guests, and she’s has bee…
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