The Accountability Call Podcast-Episode 1

  I am really excited to share with you the very first episode of “The Accountability Call” podcast! My dear friend, Jon Magnuson and I have been having a weekly “accountability” phone call with each other for the last few months. What the hell is an “accountability” call, you ask? Well, it’s our attempt to …

I Survived a Week Without My Phone!

To pick up a signal, cut off mobile service. — Austin Kleon So there we were. The Mrs. and I were sitting on the beach in Pacific Grove, watching The Boy and The Girl walk toward and then run away from the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Their laughter was intoxicating. It was truly one …

Investment Accounts that REALLY Matter

I contribute to a 529 for each of my kids every month. I’m putting $300 every month into accounts that will help them pay for college in 12 and 15 years, respectively. By putting money away in this account at such a young age, I’m taking advantage of the wonderful benefits of compound interest. Every …

Metaphors for Life as a Dad, Part 1

As a 40-year old with a wife and two young kids, life is pretty interesting. Yes, that was a deliberate understatement.  During my few quiet moments recently, the lyrics to Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime” keep popping into my head. And you may ask yourself Well…how did I get here?  Don’t get me wrong. I …

How to (not) Talk to Your Kids About Money

Mo money, mo problems. — The Notorious B.I.G.  Pop quiz! What’s a more challenging subject to broach with your kids: sex or money? Based on recent conversations in the Dadding Value household, I’m gonna’ have to go with money for $500, Bob! The Boy is six years old. He’s in the full-swing of kindergarten. So …

The 8am Ass-Hole

I’m a nice guy. Really. Truly. I am. I treat other people how I want to be treated. I listen. I smile. I can even give you references if you don’t believe me. Ask any woman I’ve ever met and she’ll tell you, “That Chris, he’s such a nice guy!” Sure, I’d rather it be, …

How Are You Doing?

How are you doing today? No, seriously. How are you doing? Think about your response to this most basic question. We are asked how we’re doing several times each day, and we rarely think about the answer we give. My plea today is this: Let’s tell everyone that asks us today that we are doing …

Are We There Yet?

“Are we there yet, Dad?” When I asked this question to my dad as a kid, he would always reply with, “We’re getting there.” It used to drive me crazy! Looking back, he probably always gave that answer either to mess with my brothers and me, or as a defense mechanism for his sanity. Times …

Being With the Kids Versus Being Engaged With the Kids

Last night at bath time, The Boy and The Girl laughed more in 20 minutes than I have laughed in the last 20 months, and I’m a happy guy! Their hysterical laughter was absolutely intoxicating! They were throwing wet wash cloths at each other and at the walls, and laughing when the wash cloths stuck. …

The 20/80 Approach to Productivity

Go with me on this for a second… The sun’s rays are pretty damned powerful. My chalk-white skin can tell you some stories about just how powerful they are. Those rays are even more powerful if you hold out a magnifying glass and focus the rays on a specific object. The focus of the rays …