Looking out Loud

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Looking out Loud

and this

on two lines

could it be?

What should I do with my kids?

Connect

       projects, presence, and time well spent

What should I teach my kids?

Learn

      preparing kids for the future they’ll create

How should I take care of myself?

Reflect

      wellbeing, mindfulness, and perspective

Thanks for stopping by. I’m Eric. 

I’m also a dad. And I try hard to be a decent one. I want my kids to thrive and be happy, while they’re still kids and later as adults. 

It’s also fun being a dad. I really enjoy it. It’s an excuse to return to some childhood joys: building legos, doing puzzles, playing games. 

But even with 12 years of experience, I still don’t feel like I know what I’m doing most of the time. And being a dad isn’t my only role. I have a job, a wife, and plenty of hobbies and things I like to do. 

I don’t want to give up on the rest of me while I try to be the best dad I can be. 

So I keep trying to learn from my many mistakes, and move forward. And I try to teach my kids in the best ways I know how. And I’m sharing what we’re learning together along the way. 

And I also keep trying to enjoy each day I’ve got. Because, as you’ve probably experienced, it all goes pretty quickly. 

Here’s how I try.

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    “History is a map of the past, from a particular point of view, to be useful to the modern traveller.”

    You can’t change your past, but you can choose to connect the dots in different ways.

    "You are what you do, not what you say you'll do." – Carl Jung​​​​​​​​
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    “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”​​​​​​​​

    How do you spend your time? That’s who you are.

    "You don't rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your habits"
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    “You don’t rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your habits”

    Do you want to see into your future? Take a look at your habits today.

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    “Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become”

    Nothing stays the same. Do your actions casts votes for who you want to become?

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    “Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has always been the best.”

    We all carry multiple titles. Which do you prioritize when you walk in the door?

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    “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled”

    To teach our kids, we must know how they learn.

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    Run the race you’re in

    Thoughts of future pain made my current struggle hurt more. The key is to catch that mental time travel and come back to now.

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    “When I die, I want my body to be eaten by a lion.” – my child

    His reason surprised me.

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    “When mommy’s upset, you need to be extra happy.” (a conversation with a 10-year-old)

    We all get down. And when it’s your partner’s turn, you need to be the counterweight.

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    Show your kids this flippin’ robot

    This current event is a cool way to connect with your kids.

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    What to do if you spill water on a jigsaw puzzle

    This is how to dry wet puzzle pieces so they don’t fall apart.

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    Christmas Eve guilt

    Did we get them enough? Did we get them too much? Every year the same questions, doubts, and guilt.

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    Run the race you’re in

    Thoughts of future pain made my current struggle hurt more. The key is to catch that mental time travel and come back to now.

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    When expectations and reality collide, stories fly

    A Starbucks line reveals the disconnect between the story in my head, and the world right in front of me.

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    Why my kids’ bedroom is like your life

    Where you put your time and energy becomes your reality.

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    Turn left for 6-foot herons and 20-foot rabbits

    Today I went out for a run. I started down a familiar set of roads, but I felt an urge for something different. At one point where I normally go…

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    Did time slow down when I thought I was going to die?

    A slide down an icy road reveals the marvelous inner works of our minds.

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    Tomorrow is another day

    The past is past. Learn from mistakes. Then go to bed, and wake up with a clean slate.

Read—and listen—to what’s going on at Looking out Loud:

Connect

Making better quality time with your kids. Here’s why, what, and how.

Grow

You’re co-growing. You’re building each others minds.

Reflect

Take time to look back, feel, learn. Just a little longer.

Trying to be a better dad, while still growing up myself

I’m a proud papa of two boys. Married. Working. Tired. Trying. I want to be a great dad, and I know it’s my most important job. But it ain’t always easy.

At Dadspace I share ways we’re trying. Start here if you’re looking for ways to engage your kids and make learning fun, or if you just need another dad’s shoulder to lean on (moms welcome too).

“Education is a once in a lifetime opportunity to open children’s hearts and minds to the unbelievable wonder of the universe.”

– Sir Anthony Seldon

Engage curiosity and creativity – both child and adult will love connecting in these projects

“Your experience is your life. This moment is your experience. And this moment. And this one.”

– Sir Anthony Seldon

What is means to live a good life – mindfulness, reflection, the story of you

“Education is a once in a lifetime opportunity to open children’s hearts and minds to the unbelievable wonder of the universe.”

– Sir Anthony Seldon

Read about what we’re doing at Dadspace:

A bit lost audiobook

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Listen: When Little Owl falls out of the tree, it takes some help from new friends to track down his mummy. Fun voices keep kids engaged.

Boxing gloves title

“Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has always been the best.”

“Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has always been the best.” 1024 767 Looking out Loud

We all carry multiple titles. Which do you prioritize when you walk in the door?

Christmas Eve guilt

Christmas Eve guilt 1024 607 Looking out Loud

Did we get them enough? Did we get them too much? Every year the same questions, doubts, and guilt.

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled”

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To teach our kids, we must know how they learn.

Take a minute to look through new eyes

Listen up: 60 seconds of unfiltered looking out loud, every day.

Bringing awareness to moments, appreciation for life, and perspective on raising and engaging little people.

Open your eyes, and listen
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Run the race you’re in

Thoughts of future pain made my current struggle hurt more. The key is to catch that mental time travel and come back to now.

read more
“When I die, I want my body to be eaten by a lion.” – my child 1024 768 Looking out Loud

“When I die, I want my body to be eaten by a lion.” – my child

His reason surprised me.

read more
Balloon against a glass ceiling
“When mommy’s upset, you need to be extra happy.” (a conversation with a 10-year-old) 1024 768 Looking out Loud

“When mommy’s upset, you need to be extra happy.” (a conversation with a 10-year-old)

We all get down. And when it’s your partner’s turn, you need to be the counterweight.

read more

To figure out how to be a better dad,

I figured I should understand my own journey…

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We’re moving our family to another country for a year

We’re submitting our family to an unnecessary experiment. Here’s why we’re leaving our simple life, and how we got organized to make it happen.

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What does 40 years look like?

Take a visual trip through the past 40 years. A memory lane full of thousands of photos, news stories, tech developments, and pop culture. A journey through the coevolution of my mind, body, and the world around.

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What does 40 years look like?

In 2020 I turn 40. What have I done with these years? How has the world changed over the past 4 decades? I dig into the coevolution of my mind, body, and the world around me to find out.

From my conception on a warm July eve, to being a middle-aged dad of my own two boys. Take a visual trip through the past 40 years.

What does 40 years look like?

In 2020 I turn 40. What have I done with these years? How has the world changed over the past 4 decades? I dig into the coevolution of my mind, body, and the world around me to find out.

From my conception on a warm July eve, to being a middle-aged dad of my own two boys. Take a visual trip through the past 40 years.