Episode 4: On Children

Welcome to Episode 4 of the Maine to California Podcast. Old friends Jonah Hall and Michael Carnes embark on an auditory voyage across the seas, taking us to the land of children. The episode is on children. Not on top of children.

What are children?

Were you once a child?

Are you still a child?

What was childhood like for you?

How did you want to be spoken to as a child?

What games did you want to play?

Jonah and Michael start with brief words of advice from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, and spring off into other directions related to children, parenting, the universe of youth sports, resilience, psychology, teaching and one of life’s biggest questions, which some refuse to even ask. It’s simpler to let go of the choice and decide it isn’t up to you. But if you believe it is up to you, which we both believe, then how do you decide?

That question: Should you choose to have a child?

What are the healthiest reasons for choosing yes. What are the healthiest reasons for choosing no.

Before the episode arrives at that question, we traverse all kinds of conversational terrain. You will hear Michael’s hilarious storytelling, and my inability to contain myself during one of those stories.

You will hear us discuss the psychology of fear and control, and how these things influence parenting decisions.

You will hear us briefly discuss the television show, The Simpsons, and hear how our parents responded to the cultural phenomenon in the early 1990s.

Some might argue that two men in their mid thirties without human children have no expertise on which to pontificate the nature of parenting. Working in various capacities around children for the last twelve years has taught me certain truths. I would argue that nobody is an expert on parenting, there is no instruction manual, and very little control, which is one reason why parenting is so stressful for so many people.

Here it is. We encourage spreading this conversation. Please do not keep it to yourself. That is selfish. And selfishly, we don’t want to be the only ones listening to our conversation.