Posts Tagged "family"

0004: On enjoying my children (and vice versa)

0004: On enjoying my children (and vice versa)

I recently took a new job that requires me to be in an office 10 miles from home much of the day.  Prior to this, I worked from home for nearly 2 yrs.  My boys became accustomed to Daddy being “in the office” meant I was just upstairs.  The proximity allowed by working from home granted me privileges I only now realize I took for granted.  This has led to my pondering lately just how can I be a more mindful father, and what are the tactical things I can do to ensure they have time with me.  And more, to ensure that I’m present for that time, and I’m enjoying my time with them as well. Here are a few ideas that come to mind: Put my phone upstairs in my office when I come home (good time to change out of work clothes as well), and only focus on my kids for at least the first half hour I get home try to write down every day (end of day most likely) one new thing I learned about or enjoyed about my children (hopefully all of them) that day Have intentional conversation with my wife, at least twice per week but goal every day, asking specific questions about what the kids are doing daily and what observations she has made regarding their growth, emotional maturity, intellectual curiosity, etc Read to them whenever they ask for it, anytime, unless it’s physically not possible for safety reasons structure your day so that you can be home before dark – hard to do in the winter, sure, but it allows for time outside with them. for my two boys, this is where they thrive,. Find that one thing they love and can only get from you, and never go a week without giving them that thing.  For one of mine it’s tickles (at least now in THIS stage of life), and for the other I’m struggling to identify it, though it’s probably something to do with cars and trains.  Use the 1:1 time with the wife to help determine this thing. Write them a letter – consider the advice you’d like to impart to them at major life milestones.  Type the letter out, or store it in a way that you’ll remember, and date it – intend to give it to them when the time comes. (the app I discussed y’day would help with this!) Become their superhero – think of your “special power” and secretly let them in on it; help them come up with one of their own.  come up with ways that the two of you ‘save the world’, help Mom, be amazing people, and use it...

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0002: New Year for New Media – The dawning of the Podcast Revolution

0002: New Year for New Media – The dawning of the Podcast Revolution

Lately I’ve been thinking alot about the revolution of podcasting.  For years (unfortunately that’s not hyperbole), i’ve been saying I was going to start a podcast, and now this year (technically last year, 2014), there’s been a verifiable boom in podcasting.  Everyone who’s anyone is taking a foray into podcasting.  T-Pain has a popular podcast, podcasters are becoming millionaires (John Lee Dumas for ex), and popular mainstream traditional radio and media are moving to podcast as a new form of expression.  That last point is evidenced by the popularity of 2 NPR spawned podcasts formerly tied with the perennial favorite “This American Life” – Serial, and The Startup. So, today, as my first Idea Muscle excercise for 10List, I thought I’d come up with my ideas specifically around podcasting, the evolution (or death) of radio, and what new business platforms might take advantage of this new paradigm. Start a podcast about a topic you are already have domain expertise.  Solar Power, Spanish and business in Latin America, Fatherhood (i’m at least a player here), running, travel, travel gear, traveling father/business man… Start a podcast about something I’m very interested in learning to do, and chronicle the process of learning and (hopefully) improving: kitesurfing has been the meme for this specirfic idea for me for a number of years.  Vegan diet or Gluten Free could be another.  Perhaps even making hammocks – tried to learn this when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer, but got bored halfway through the project (it’s very time-intensive). Be a producer of podcasts – this is an idea I actually came up with myself a year or so ago, then discovered that it’s already being done by a number of folks, and is a decent way to create time-leverage (not all content requires ME doing the podcasting), and it allows me to become an expert in the platform without needing to have a “starring role” in any one podcast. Develop a program (ala stitcher) that creates value building on the podcasting explosion – should be a) unique b) positions to a niche (which is large enough to support the app from premiums), c) can b e promoted by others, d) allows for others to also leverage it as a platform for either brand exposure, advertising, other value creation. Develop the “winamp” for car radio that bridges the gap between the connected car being a mere portal to the internet and a connected car offering streaming media that is easy, free (to the user) and fast to curate/find.  How can we make the connected car digital audio experience feel as easy and customizeable as the current radio does for broadcast?  An in-dash app (thus the winamp reference)...

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