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Jimmy Fallon a great dad? Meh…

Jimmy Fallon a great dad? Meh…

Growing up in Hollywood is hard enough but to be the son or daughter of a big star can be brutal. Jimmy Fallon just recently welcomed his first child, a daughter named Winnie Rose, into the world. His first guest, post fatherhood entry was actor Hugh Jackman, who has a boy and a girl of his own.

As these two behemoths of Hollywood talked kids, Wolverine dished out a little parenting advice and boy was it lousy. I played the entire interview during the show so you could decide for yourself. I will admit that Jean Valjean did come back with something a little better later in the interview and it actually made some people swoon even more for the hunk. I’m talking about Hugh not Jimmy.

As for the rest of the show, Todd asks a very simple question: How will you know if you have been a great father to your kids? Do you have a plan as to how to figure that out? Todd has asked older parents and most of their answers are as simple as: “Well they are still alive aren’t they?” But that’s a cop out. Find out how Todd will know whether or not he has been a great father to his two boys.

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The Bachelor Party from Hell! – Explicit!

The Bachelor Party from Hell! – Explicit!

Ok, we may be pushing the limits here, but Eddie Murphy is funny…and in this bit, he SWEARS alot! So be careful! This is an explicit episode…earmuffs!

Why did we play it? Because the town of Long Beach is banning the Ice Cream man! What? Talk about the Grinch or someone who is out to destroy childhood.

A 14 month old child in Oregon bought her dad a car using his phone. Luckily it was only $250 bucks, but what the hell is a dad doing allowing his 14 month old to play with his phone? Do you allow you to play with yours?

Dead Beat dads. Do you feel any sympathy to former professional athletes who are now Dead Beat Dads? How can a guy who earns over $40 Million in a career, be over $250,000 in debt tot he wife of his kids? Danny Tartabull, you were my hero as a kid. What happened to you?

Tip to homeowners:  if you find a naked woman in your pool, someone might be robbing you!

What did you do on your bachelor party? Was is out of control? Did you have the night of your life? Did you wind up in jail? Kent and Todd share their stories. One English gent had a night he will never forget, especially since he had a rash that lasted over two months… The story is hilarious…,

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4th of July with Colbert and Gaffigan

4th of July with Colbert and Gaffigan

What’s important to you this 4th of July? Family? Usually that is at the top of the list. Todd and Kent use some very funny guys to help drive the point home. Steven Colbert’s tribute to his mom, who recently passed away is the one you should be giving to your mom when/if you see her this 4th of July. As for Jim Gaffigan, remember this fourth of July that you are not leading his life and that is one thing to be thankful for. You can find out why in this episode. He has a new book called, Dad is Fat and you should check this out because if you think he is funny on stage, he is even funnier when he has the chance to edit what he says…if you want to listen to some of his stuff, here’s a sample.

Don’t do anything stupid this 4th of July and wind up as that guy on the viral video that is getting 5 million hits by Friday night.

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The Secret History of Balls!

The Secret History of Balls!

Do you play with balls? Have you played with yours? Most boys and men do, even girls do. Oh wait, now we are sounding gross, but if you read between the lines you will see that I am talking about athletic balls.

Josh Chetwynd, former Northwestern University baseball player, former staff reporter for USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter and U.S. News and World Report, and current author joined Todd to talk about all things balls. Australian rules football, bandy ball, baseball, basketball, hacky sack, Koosh ball, magic 8 ball, petanque boules, sliotar, tetherball, wiffle ball, zorb globe… How many of these have you ever played with? Where do they come from? What did the first one look like? How have they been made better? Find out the back story of every ball you have ever known.

This is the perfect book for all us dads while we are waiting for your wife to get directions or waiting for her to dry her hair and get dressed. Or maybe you are the type that takes your time while on the toilet. Get rid of the People magazines and make this your number one choice. You will be smarter after your time on the hopper.

Plus, we look back at Father’s Day. Did you have the one you expected? Did Todd or Kent? It’s all on this extended version of Dads Unplugged.

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The Best Dads of Portland, Oregon

The Best Dads of Portland, Oregon

Recently, Red Tricycle unveiled their best dads of 2013 in honor of Father’s Day. They had 15 different Dads on their site and guess who was one of them? Kent Lewis!

Todd asked the smart follow up question. “What the F@&K is that about?”

You have to check out the write up and in this episode, Todd and Kent bravely go where no Dad has publicly gone before. What the hell is going on with all of these graduations? Kids don’t graduate when they are going from Kindergarten to 1st grade. Or do they? Kent stands up for the little tykes, while Todd tries to bash them down.

And back to Dads for a moment, “Pops, if you want to get a great Dads Day present, then you better friggin’ ask for it! No wife is going to sit around coming up with the perfect gift for you because you think you are…wait what? Kent’s wife got him an awesome gift? She knew exactly what he was thinking about? What the F@&K is that about?” Todd basically gets to babysit all day while his wife gets free time. Nice father’s day. What did you ask for? Did you get it? Let us know on our Facebook page.

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The top 10 things parents hate about other parents

The top 10 things parents hate about other parents

Parents are kind of like assholes. We’ve all got one. Some are nice. Some are a pain. That being said, if you are a parent, you know that there are times when you think to yourself, “That parent is nuts!” or “What is that parent doing? I would never do that to my kid.” Well, that may be true, but you know what? If you are a parent, you’ve done some stupid stuff. You have made some bad choices. Those choices might have had an effect on your kids, your spouse, yourself. However, we are all trying to be our best and help our children become their best. Still…

So Drew Magary writes this article on Deadspin.com, “The Haters Guide to Other Parents”. It’s very worth the read, but Kent and I took a few moments to actually break down his 10 things parents hate about other parents. It was easy to pick out the ones that relate to Kent and to me. Can you pick them out? 

Every parent that Magary refers to, you have seen, met, dealt with or yelled at. They are all in there. Are you one of these kinds of parents? In this finger pointing society we live in, it’s time we pointed the thumb a little bit. So do it right along with Kent and I as we debate the top 10 things parents hate about other parents.

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The Manifesto Fallout

The Manifesto Fallout

The Manifesto that shook the world, well just Portland. Ok, so the new Credo that is posted at Anvil Media Inc and was written by Kent has not taken the world by storm, but he did receive plenty of press around Portland. In this episode discusses what the fallout was from this Manifesto/Credo. How has it effected his company, his employees and his kids? Would he do it again?

What about you? Would you ever write a Manifesto for your company? Your Home? Your Marriage?

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A Manifesto that puts Jerry Maguire to shame

A Manifesto that puts Jerry Maguire to shame

Jerry Maguire wrote a Manifesto that changed his life. Have you ever thought of writing one? Have you ever dared to write something so powerful that it could literally change the entire direction of your life, your business, your future? Kent did. The results were incredible.

In this very short episode, 8 minutes to be exact, Kent unveils everything about how, where, when, and why this Manifesto came about. It wasn’t that he had just watched Jerry Maguire again, for the 14th time. It was something that was deep inside of him waiting to come out.  The Portland Business Journal did a very big story on it and it has been making the rounds all over the internet. This isn’t something that someone from a major corporation might do, but if you run a small business or work for a small business, first you should listen to the entire 8 minutes and second you should read the manifesto. You will not be screaming the famous Jerry Maguire line, “Show me the money!” anytime soon, but you might just start down the path you have always wanted to be on.

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The best and the worst of Mother’s Day gifts 2013

The best and the worst of Mother’s Day gifts 2013

Do you want to know what NOT to get your spouse for Mother’s Day? Todd and Kent share some Mother’s Day Top 10 lists that are going to leave you feeling better about what you haven’t got her yet. Do you remember anything you gave your mother when you were a young child? Todd remembers a poem and he remembers a piece of pottery, but he gave that to his dad. He still uses it nearly 40 years later.

We reached out to our community to find out what Mom’s really want and also to Dads, to find out what they are getting. The answers didn’t surprise us, we know them all, but they might shock you.

What are you going to bestow upon your loved one this Mother’s Day? Does she deserve it? Not all do. Either way, make sure you listen to the top 10 lists because without those, you might make the same mistakes these idiots did. I am not referring to Todd and Kent here, but some think I should.

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Tips on how to help your child deal with post traumatic stress

Tips on how to help your child deal with post traumatic stress

We’ve all seen the gruesome injuries from the Boston Bombing, but what about the injuries we can’t see? What about the injuries to children who don’t live in Boston, who were thousands of miles away but due to the media coverage have been exposed to this horrific event? Post Traumatic Stress can be a very difficult injury to detect and it takes careful and observant parents and friends to see if this has harmed your child.

In this episode, Todd and Kent don’t delve into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but what they do is talk about ways and give tips on how to help your child through what can be a very difficult time. They both have young kids of their own and the talk everywhere has been about the bombings, the bombing suspects and for a child under the age of 10, death can be a tough and challenging topic.

Maybe as a father you are not spending a ton of quality time with your kids currently because of your workload. Maybe your child is scared now that one day you are not going to come home, because something like this could happen where you live. Learn about what your child is looking for every day from you and what small changes you can make in your relationship with them that will help them feel protected.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder isn’t only for victims of war and grownups. Kids can get it and they will release their emotions in a variety of ways. It’s our job as parents to make sure they have a safe place to explore those feelings and don’t have grownup feelings thrust upon them.

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