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This week is a big week for everyone, especially those in the parental sector. Thanksgiving (a.k.a. The Dad Super Bowl) has come and gone, and we’ve mercifully gotten to send our kids back to school/daycare. We’re also leaving behind Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the best days of the year to buy all the shit your kid will get for Christmas that’ll end up broken in a pile by February.
It’ll also be our first episode in a couple weeks. Thanksgiving break for parents can sometimes mean a lack of childcare, so I wasn’t able to head up to Austin for last week’s recording. My bad, y’all.
However, today was a good day, because we recorded what I thought was a good episode. Pete and I recapped our Thanksgivings, and I gave short reviews of The Grinch (go see that movie) and Ralph Breaks The Internet (also go see that movie). We also did something that I like to think we do well at DadGum, which is touch on some tough topics that you sometimes encounter in parenthood. Pete recently had to put down his dog, so we dove into what it is like explaining loss to a child.
That’s one of the things I’ve loved doing with this pod. We try to hit the tough stuff, because that’s a lot of what parenting is, with the funny/weird stuff, which is also what parenting is. We followed up the passing of a dog with talk about underwear, Christmas, and snot. We have fun here.
From the start we’ve just wanted to be a pod of the parents, by the parents, for the parents. Nothing more, nothing less. I’ve wanted something like our podcast in my life ever since I hit fatherhood, and I was hoping other parents in the Grandex network and beyond would be interested too. Sometimes parenting feels like you’re alone on a planet, so we wanted an outlet for us and any listeners to basically roundtable anything that’s going on in this transitional phase of post-grad to parenthood.
What’s made doing a pod with the Grandex and PGP community so damn special is the level of fan/listener interaction. Every time we get a listener question, a “Drunk or Kid” submission, or just a parent in general messaging us filing us in on something relatable we discussed or letting us know an important topic we should hit on, it reinforces how much Pete and I have enjoyed recording every episode.
The cliche “It takes a village to raise a child” couldn’t be more true, and without sounding like the corniest guy on the planet, I’d like to thank every listener for being part of that village so far. We’ve received tips, questions that made us think about topics we hadn’t thought about previously and just generally been able to keep a running dialogue to keep ourselves sane while we try to figure out how the hell to raise these kids without turning them into bums or convicts. We couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who has listened and everyone who reached out encouraging us to keep it up.
The DadGum Podcast might not be for everyone. Hell, it might not be for all parents. But, we’re just two guys who needed an outlet to talk about the upsides and downsides of Dad-Life and want to keep inviting anyone who’s interested to keep listening. Whether you’re already three kids deep and needing to hear something you can really relate to (and probably a hell of a lot wiser than we are, tbh) or just a single 20-something who wants some weekly audio birth control, we want to keep being that podcast you can dial into every week.
So if a podcast that combines all things parenthood, whether that be shitty diapers, parent-teacher conferences, the realism of Paw Patrol and all things in-between sounds like something you’d be interested in, continue to check out Grandex Labs every week wherever you get your podcasts. We’re still here, and still bringing that Big Dad Energy for anyone who wants to come join us. As we always say, tell your parent friends, tell your parents, tell your grandparents, and even tell your creepy Uncle Steve. .