Jon Eks spends his fourth solo episode talking about parenting his two girls. This special Jon of All Trades episode debuts September 13, 2016.

Special Ep: Jon Eks Solo – Parenting

It’s been awhile since I’ve forced myself to talk into a mic and talk stream-of-consciousness for half an hour, so let’s do that.

I went into this week’s episode with only one pre-determined question I wanted to address. It’s a question I get frequently both from parents and norms alike – “Is it harder going from zero children to one; or from one child to two?” And in my own circuitous, free-flowing way, I answer just that. And since there was a microphone in front of me, no one else around (a real rarity these days given my extensive professional obligations on top of my parental duties), and a style that takes me seemingly wherever the wind blows, here’s a snapshot of some of the things covered in this episode:

  • Why the new iPhone looks stupid and design choices in 2016 mostly suck (h/t to this article for inspiring this);
  • How writing that I get paid for is fucking up my writing-for-pleasure voice (or, alternately, “Why I Don’t Blog Anymore”);
  • How I’ve come to re-fall in love with the sunroof of my car;
  • Parents in breweries;
  • Why my kids listen to punk rock in the car, and why I find that important;
  • The real reason people’s marriages fail (at least, in my estimation);
  • And the search for authenticity in our jobs, our relationships, and how those pursuits all inform the search for authenticity in ourselves

I’m sure there’s more, but that’s all I can recall off the top of my head. And I’ll be honest with you… I haven’t re-listened to this episode. I recorded it, tacked on the intro and outro, and left it alone. So let’s all be surprised together at my all-over-the-map style and see what shakes loose. Hope you enjoy it.

Available for download on iTunes, stream on Stitcher, or at the Jon of All Trades homepage.

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