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4 Dad Projects for Spring

4 dad projects for springBeing a dad is one of the best jobs in the world.  I know this because my dad and my grandfather done such a great job teaching me life skills throughout my childhood.  With spring just around the corner, it is a great time to get prepared for some projects to teach your children from.  Understand that there is a golden window that last a few years that a child wants to learn from you.  They want to be around you and will learn anything you teach them.  This is the best time to do these projects with them.  They will not only learn from you but they will keep that knowledge for the rest of their lives.

I am going to talk about 4 different projects that you can include your children in this spring.  Projects that will teach them about construction, vehicles, and self sufficiency.  While doing these projects, please be safe.  Teaching them the ability to do something is just as important as keeping them alive.  I included in the podcast what I would use for building materials but if you feel that you should use something different, please do so.  I have no formal education about construction, just a lot of projects under my belt.



What are the projects that a dad can do this spring?

  • The basics of building a swingset
  • Planting a garden
  • Rebuilding a vehicle
  • Vehicle maintenance

Resources used in the show today:

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How Resilient are You?

how resilient are youOne of the hallmarks of a Gentleman is being resilient.  Being able to bounce back from a hard situation is something that not many people are able to do.  I do believe that is a big reason why people are as depressed and sad today.  The good news is that resiliency is not something that you are born with.  Being resilient is a skill that is developed over time.  Developed through hard times and coming out on the other end of it being a better person.

Today I am going to give you the tools to be a more resilient person in your own life.  There are seven ways that you can develop your own resiliency in this podcast.  That does not mean that this is it.  I would encourage you to find your own way to be a more optimistic person in your own way.  It is the greats among people that are resilient enough to take a setback and come out the other end better than what they were before.


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How can we be more resilient in our lives?

  • Why I feel that society has lost a lot of their resiliency 
  • Find a purpose in your life
  • Embrace change
  • Be more optimistic
  • Learn to find humor
  • Manage your emotions
  • Prepare
  • Turn hardship into opportunity

I mentioned in the show that there are a few podcasts that you can go back and listen to.  The links can be found here.

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Resources used in the show:

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Don’t Be Lazy – Weekend Manly Motivation

dont be lazyBeing lazy is a real quick way to loose the respect and admiration of your family.  Your family relies on you to hold your end of the chores and duties.  You cannot use excuses to get out of doing your work.  Excuses are a very quick way to show how unreliable you are.  I am going to go through a few tips to make sure that you have no reasons to not get your tasks finished.  Once you are finished listening to this episode of Weekend Manly Motivation, you will be ready to take on all your tasks that is needed to get done for the weekend.


This is your Weekend Manly Motivation.  A short podcast designed to give you a quick shot of motivation so that you are ready to crush your weekend activities.  Lasting anywhere between 5-10 minutes per episode, you are able to get a quick kick in the butt to make sure that your weekend is both productive and relaxing.


How do I keep from being lazy?

  • Do the tasks you hate first
  • Reserve the tasks you enjoy for last
  • Write down everything you need to get done for the day
    • I use a write in the rain pad
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  • Use Google Docs Spreadsheet to prioritize your tasks
  • Make time for your duties and chores

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Surviving a Riot- An Interview with Speaking Apes Pt 2

surviving a riotRecently there was a riot that came really close to myself and more importantly, my family.  I had the opportunity to sit down with a very enlightened podcast and speak about the situation that our nation is in currently.  We can all agree that there needs to be some changes.  Our nation cannot begin to heal it’s wounds before we have a very real and very organic conversation about what is happening.  It is the same effect of putting hydrogen peroxide on a cut.  It is going to hurt and you might not like it, but it is the beginning of the healing process.

Fred and Harlin from the Speaking Apes Podcast sat down with me and discussed surviving a riot.  No matter what opinion you have about the subject, you should know how to extract yourself from a rioting situation.  We dove into the subject in great detail and a little about the philosophy of it all.

SPEAKING APES PODCAST INFORMATION

You can find Speaking Apes Podcast in various ways.


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How do you survive a riot?

  • How can you soothe people before a riot occurs
  • What has to happen to heal a community after an incident
  • How to prepare ahead of time
  • What I use to stay up to date on possible riots
  • The use of Facebook live as a tool for staying informed
  • How to get out of a riot and why

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Surviving a Riot with Speaking Apes Podcast Part 1 of 2

surviving a riotRecently there was a riot that came really close to myself and more importantly, my family.  I had the opportunity to sit down with a very enlightened podcast and speak about the situation that our nation is in currently.  We can all agree that there needs to be some changes.  Our nation cannot begin to heal it’s wounds before we have a very real and very organic conversation about what is happening.  It is the same effect of putting hydrogen peroxide on a cut.  It is going to hurt and you might not like it, but it is the beginning of the healing process.

Fred and Harlin from the Speaking Apes Podcast sat down with me and discussed surviving a riot.  No matter what opinion you have about the subject, you should know how to extract yourself from a rioting situation.  We dove into the subject in great detail and a little about the philosophy of it all.

Speaking Apes Podcast Information

You can find Speaking Apes Podcast in various ways.


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How do you survive a riot?

  • How can you soothe people before a riot occurs
  • What has to happen to heal a community after an incident
  • How to prepare ahead of time
  • What I use to stay up to date on possible riots
  • The use of Facebook live as a tool for staying informed
  • How to get out of a riot and why

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Best Apps To Stay Connected While Seperated

best apps to stay connected while seperatedWe all have that time in our lives that we are forced to be in a separate location than our families.  None of us enjoy having to do this, but it is apart of being in a world that is in constant motion.  This does not give us the excuse to allow ourselves to close our eyes to what could effect them.  We have the ability to download certain apps to our phones to alert us when something is going on where our family is located.  These apps can push notify you when there are storms, riots, or other emergencies that you should know about.  Make sure you are doing the gentleman thing and keep track of what is happening around your family instead of just hoping that nothing will happen.

The apps that are mentioned in the show today are not in any way affiliated by Skilled Gentlemen Podcast.  Please understand that these are suggestions and you should use them at your own will.


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Which are the best apps to stay connected while separated?

  • Why we are concerned about staying connected
  • How this topic is for the gentleman
  • Which apps are used by Brice and myself
    • Emergency Services Scanner
    • Twitter
    • Weather.com
    • MilGPS
    • Local News Apps
    • Waze
    • Google Map
    • Apple Map
  • A little more information about Fraternity of Gentlemen

All of the information that was used in the show today was used with the permission of Brice and from my experiences.

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Are You A Soft Man Or Hard Gentleman

are you a soft manI have been hearing a lot about men being soft here lately.  I sat down to do some research on this phenomenon and came back with the fact that men are becoming really soft.  There is that section of men in the world that have certain attributes about them and have no idea why no one wants to be around them.  People talk bad about them because they are not manning up and taking charge of their responsibilities.  Today’s show is an effort to bring light to this fact and hopefully encourage you to change this out of your life.  To make that effort to go from a soft man to a hard gentleman.  Not only do our families expect it but they deserve to have a hard gentleman in their lives.



Are you a soft man? How do you fix this!

  • Where I feel like this bashing came from
  • Why I didn’t like reading those posts
  • How can you define a soft man
  • My steps to becoming a hard gentleman
    • Stop Complaining so much
    • Follow through with your plans
    • Take your responsibilities to heart
    • Don’t be afraid of confrontation and don’t be a butt head
    • Get stuff done
  • How can our children learn from this list
  • You should make your own list

There were no usable sources from research.  After reading a few I decided to not use that information and come up with my own.

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Emergencies Men Should Know How To Handle

emergencies men should know how to handleOne of the scariest things that a man can endure is witnessing emergencies that involve his family.  The blood pressure rises along with the pulse rate and the brain goes into overdrive.  To the normal person the next step would be to freak out and panic.  To the Gentleman however, the next step would be to calm down and start fixing the situation.  This series that I am starting is going to be an accumulation of the most common emergencies that men face on a day to day basis from the standpoint of an experienced first responder.  My goal for these shows is to help men pull themselves together and start being the fixer that his family wants him to be.  Do you want to be that guy that runs around panicking because something just happened to him and his family or do you want to be able to help the situation?



What kind of emergencies should men know how to handle?

  • what is a first responder
  • why should I keep a medical bag in my car
  • what should be kept in the medical bag
  • How to deal with a car wreck
  • How to deal with Hypothermia
  • How to deal with Hyperthermia
  • How to deal with Major Bleeding
  • Why you do not have to worry about this

No resources were used in the show today, however you might be interested in building your own expert level medical kit.  Click that link to hear that podcast.

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5 Things Fire Department Life Has Right

5 things that fire department life has rightThe Fire Department is a fickle place.  There is a brotherhood that we have all heard of that is so woven into the fabric of fire department life that it just makes sense that we do thing the way that we do.  Today I am giving you a look at what it means to be in the life of the fire department.  Contrary to popular belief we are a family that does family things, just not the same things.  There are a lot of things that we do that civilian families do and can benefit from knowing about and adding to your own daily life.  In a way, the fire department is just a collection of smaller families that come together to make things better.

Please remember that I am currently writing a book that should be finished and available to purchase around the first of the year 2017.  Please deal with my absence from the third show in the week.  I spend the time that is usually done preparing and working on the show to write the book.  More information will soon.



What are things the fire department life does right?

  • We give instant feed back to everyone
  • We have a daily clean up and weekly clean up schedule
  • We stick together through thick and thin
  • We crack jokes with each other
  • We eat together at meals
  • Why and how this can be applicable to your family life
  • I debunk a few myths and concerns that people have

References today are purely my experiences working as a firefighter

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A Reply to #KidsTodayin4Words

a response to #KidsTodayin4WordsIf you have not figured it out yet, I am on twitter and can be found at @skilledgent.  I was playing around on twitter the other day and found a trending hashtag that worked me up and ended up becoming the topic of today’s show.  It was #KidsTodayin4Words.  I found it very disturbing some of the crap that I saw on there.  It turns out that people have no idea how to raise their children.  They have no idea that they were the same way back when they were kids.  It was amazing to read some of the complaining that people do and really how quickly they resort to violence to solve a problem that does not require, or even need, violence.  This show is dedicated to those who have no idea how to be a Gentleman in a situation that calls for education and resorts to beating a child.  I remember how it was growing up, and I can empathize with children of today with their escapism.  Sometimes instead of being mad about the situation you might have to redirect their energy.  It takes a Gentleman to have the mindset to handle someone that they might not agree or understand.  Check out the disgusting train wreck that is #KidsTodayin4Words.

Why are people so angry in #KidsTodayin4Words

  • What is parenting?
  • Why children are the way they are
  • How they are exactily like us

The only resource used in today’s show was found at #KidsTodayin4Words

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