Commune Dads Episode 08: Siblings with Ezra Freeman

from Commune Dads, April 28th, 2017

Keegan and adder are joined by fellow commune dad Ezra Freeman to talk about raising siblings on the farm. We tend to say that age peers at Twin Oaks are much like siblings, but is this really the case? What advantages and challenges above those of friendships do kids experience? We are also joined by commune kid Lily to chat a bit about her experience as a sibling-less child.

 

Mentions:

The Fed Is Best Foundation Encourages Mommy Guilt Through Bad Science (blog post)
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Perplexus (toy)
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Opening Music: Commune Dads Theme – Nick Paoletti
Closing Music: Folk Bed – audionautix.com

 

 

 

Commune Dads Episode 08: Siblings with Ezra Freeman

Commune Dads Episode 07: Grandparents . . . Again!

from Commune Dads, 13 April 2017

Grandparents again! Keegan and adder take another look at the role of grandparents. They are fun and helpful, but the hosts seem to have missed last episode some of the wisdom and love that grandparents bring to the table. Also, research on the effects of grandparents and depression, a listener email about veganism, and talk about sick babies.

Mentions:
Strong grandparent-adult grandchild relationships reduce depression for both (article)

Alasdair MacIntyre – Catholic Instead of What? (talk)

NoseFrida Snotsucker

Arrival (movie)

Stories of Your Life (short story)

Max Richter on the nature of daylight (song)

Opening Music: Commune Dads Theme – Nick Paoletti
Closing Music: Warmer – Andy G Cohen

 

Commune Dads Episode 07: Grandparents . . . Again!

Commune Dads Episode 06: The Blessings and Curses of Grandparents

from Commune Dads,  March 27, 2017

Keegan Dunn and adder Oaks ponder the pros and cons of having their kids’ grandparents in their lives. Grandparents are often sources of unconditional love and care, not to mention sugar and TV. Do grandparents create openings for our kids to become obsessed Disney consumers or beat-em-up superhero devotees? How can one deal with influence of commercial media generally? Also, a look at the BBC Dad viral video, for which our hosts are joined by special guest, fellow communard, loving partner, and co-parent Megan Lebda.

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Opening music: Commune Dads Theme – Nick Paoletti

Closing music: Nowhere Land – Kevin Macleod

 

 

Commune Dads Episode 06: The Blessings and Curses of Grandparents

Commune Dads Episode 05: Teenage Communards

from Commune Dads, March 22, 2017

Guest commune adolescents Rowan and Evan join adder and Keegan for this lighthearted discussion about the lives of teenagers on a commune and what comes next. They share the unique educational opportunities presented to them, such as classes on pyrotechnics, sign language, and and film studies. In addition, Rowan and Evan point to gaps in their experience living outside the mainstream and there plans to round out their academic and cultural education.

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Commune Dads Episode 05: Teenage Communards

Commune Dads Episode 04: Will Kids Ever Learn To Share?

(from the Commune Dads site)

Adder Oaks and Keegan Dunn tackle the challenges of teaching sharing to children on a commune, where sharing already abounds! Are the sharing habits of commune kids actually any different than those of the mainstream? Adder and Keegan ponder whether forcing kids to share is the only way to actually make it happen, or if a lassiez-faire approach results in more compassionate behavior. They discuss a scholarly article about sharing in children, the utopian novel The Dispossessed, and fill in with their own anecdotes about the hoarding behavior of, well, basically every kid they have met.

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Commune Dads Episode 04: Will Kids Ever Learn To Share?

Commune Dads Episode 3 – Tech, Kids, and Moderation

Commune Dads Episode 3 – Tech, Kids, and Moderation

Commune Dads Podcast Episode 2 – Peers and Personality

Adder and Keegan examine the personalities of children and the effects their peers have on them. They ponder the sibling-like relationships of commune kids, consider that parents might have less of an effect than they might think, and reflect on the effects of schooling and video games in their childhoods.

Book/Article Mentions:

I’m really looking forward to our next episode on tech in the lives of children. Keegan is a bit of a luddite. While I have my tech concerns, I also have perhaps a little bit too much nostalgia for the hours spent playing video games as a child. Can video games be good for kids, or is the addictive nature of them too great?
Commune Dads Podcast Episode 2 – Peers and Personality