Monthly Archives: November 2020

Ike Taylor

Former Steelers cornerback, Ike Taylor sits down with me to talk about his fatherhood journey. Ike shares the lessons he is looking to instill into his son, Ivan. We discuss his time in NFL and the conversations he had with teammates about fatherhood. He shares with me his transition from college football to the NFL. Ike shares the emotions he experienced winning two Super Bowls with the Steelers. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.

Brian Griese

You may know of Brian Griese as a former NFL quarterback. Or you might know him now from the work he does at ESPN calling games as an analyst on Monday Night Football. Brian’s dad, Bob also played in the NFL. Yet his biggest impact took place off the field. Brian lost his mother, Judi to cancer when he was 12 years old. He took the pain from losing his mom at an early age to help others who have experienced loss in their lives. Brian and his wife, Dr. Brook Griese, a clinical psychologist specializing in childhood trauma and loss, founded Judi’s House. Judi was name of Brian’s mother. I spoke with Brian today on my Art of Fatherhood podcast series to talk about being a dad, his time in the NFL and calling games for ESPN. We also had the chance to talk about how he and his wife started Judi’s House. Brian shared all of the emotions he was feeling at 12 years old when his mother passed away. He didn’t know who he could to talk to. Talking about the loss of his mother with his dad was tough. His father didn’t like talking about it with Brian since it caused sadness in both of their lives.

Boris Kodjoe

Boris Kodjoe sits down with me to talk about his fatherhood journey. We talk about the values he and his wife, Nicole look to instill into their kids. Boris shares some of his experiences as a father and what his kids have taught him about life. We then talk about his show on ABC, Station 19. He shares the influence this pandemic has on this season’s storyline. After that, we finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.


Patrick Warburton

I had the excellent opportunity to not only chat with Patrick Warburton about fatherhood, but his sons, Talon and Gabriel joined in our chat. We talked about the values Patrick looked to instill in them as they were growing up. Then, Talon and Gabriel shared what they learned from their dad. Patrick shared the life lessons his kids have taught him. I had a blast talking to them and I know you will enjoy this heartfelt conversation. Then, we finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney talks with me about his new book, The Deep End from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. We talk about how he tries to mirror what families are experiencing this year in The Deep End. Jeff also talks about his fatherhood journey with me. In addition to his journey we talk about the values he looks to instill into his kids as they grow up. Lastly, we finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.

Drew Vernon


The couple of times I was able to talk with Drew I was able to see why Tonies was such a success. Not only did the founders of Tonies, Patric Faßbender and Marcus Stahl have a passion for creating a toy for kids that helps them strengthen their imagination, but Drew has that same passion. Drew is a father of three. He also has experience working with kids when he ran a daycare facility. This fueled him to work for a company that helped with a child’s development in a positive way.

You can listen to our conversation below where we talk about how Tonies helps your child use their imagination. Drew talks about the many benefits and why your kids will enjoy this interactive toy. The Toniebox comes to life when paired with one of their whimsical collection of Tonies. They are hand-painted characters with hours of stories to tell, worlds to explore, and songs to sing along with. Each collectible character magnetically attaches to the Toniebox, making it simple for little listeners to change stories whenever they want.