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The Family Podcast Network - Part 3

Feb 15

Post-Valentines: Kids Reactions to “What is Love?”


Permanent link to this article: http://thefamilypodcastnetwork.com/blog/post-valentines-kids-reactions-to-what-is-love

Feb 07

7 Rules for Non-Parent Etiquette_Great Post at How To Be a Dad.com


There was a great post at HowToBeADad on 7 Rules for Non-Parent Etiquette.  I highly recommend it for an good laugh that makes you go "ah! I'm not the only one that thinks that from time to time."

Permanent link to this article: http://thefamilypodcastnetwork.com/blog/7-rules-for-non-parent-etiquette_great-post-at-how-to-be-a-dad-com

Jan 28

Stormtrooper Daddy

I am not the author of this picture. If you know who is please let me know through the Contact Me Tab.


Stormtrooper Daddy


Thought this was hilarious.  I've often thought that the Lego ST's looked like toddler's and infused a childs voice into the phrase "OPEN THE BLAST DOORS! OPEN THE BLAST DOORS!"

I am not the author of this photo and would love to send credit where it's due.  Let me know if you are aware who made this photo.

If anyone knows the origins of this photo let me know.

Permanent link to this article: http://thefamilypodcastnetwork.com/blog/stormtrooper-daddy

Jan 11


Photo Compliments of AdamL212








As many of you know FPN has been on a hiatus as seen on our blog entry Where Has FPN Been (see the post for details).  At this point I am happy to say that FPN will be resuming its normal operations!  I am incredibly excited to return to my podcasts and let me know any questions you have.

To all my special guest, thank you for your patience and I will be contacting you shortly for our interview.  Thanks to all and we will see you online!


Trey Gibson


Family Podcast Network

Permanent link to this article: http://thefamilypodcastnetwork.com/blog/fpn-is-back

Nov 22

More Important Than….

Photo of my egg-rock.

Recently my daughter and I were digging through a pile of rocks that I had collected as a kid (I know and yes...rocks).  I loved geology even as a kid.  One of the rocks was a smooth polished green stone in the shape of an egg (see picture above).  The rock was given to me when I was very young by a sweet and very dear lady named M.J.

This lady would baby-sit me after school, make cookies just for me, take me to the park, and let me chase the ducks (years later I realized that she really enjoyed watching the ducks chase me since they did not take nicely to the fact that I would run at them).  So I have some very special memories tied up in this particular egg-rock.  Nothing detrimental, but sentimental.

Anna proceeded to ask if she could have it.  I let her know that it was "very special" but that I did not mind if she kept it.  I asked her to take good care of it and she agreed and kept it with her or in a safe place at all times.

One day she had pulled the rock out of her pocket and was carrying it through our kitchen where she accidentally dropped it.  Nothing happened to it and it did not break, chip, or shatter but Anna looked up at me in horror when it hit the ground.  She quickly snatched it up and again made eye-contact with me.

I smiled at Anna and said "it's ok baby.  No big deal.'  She replied "oh.  Because it didn't break?"   I found it precious that my daughter genuinely understood how important the egg-rock was to me even at 5 years old.  I responded "no sugar.  It's just a rock.  But you are waaaay more important to me than a rock."

Now, I could never sign myself up under the "I Get It Right As a Parent All The Time Award" but during that moment I watched the realization of my daughter when she realized that she was more important to me than that rock.  So some of you just smiled and thought "great work Trey.  You've now convinced your daughter that she is more important to you than a rock."  I'm smiling with you now.

Anna realized that there was more to this rock that made it special.  She understood that there were memories of M.J. connected with it and that, subsequently, she was more special.

Have you let your kiddo know that they are more important to you than the important stuff in your life?  Do your kids know that they are more important to you than football, hunting, scrap-booking, or church activities (I am deliberately leaving out the Spiritual connections with deities very intentionally)?  Do not assume that your kids know. I will promise you, that if you have not told them, they probably do not know.  But even if you have, remind them today.

Photo compliements of Stephen Downes.

Permanent link to this article: http://thefamilypodcastnetwork.com/blog/more-important-than

Nov 09

Where Has FPN Been!?!?

Photo compliments of kevinmarsh







Many of you have undoubtedly seen my site as temporarily unavailable and wondered what the deal is.  First off, no, I did not forget to pay the bill :-D.  All is covered in that department but I have run into another issue that is serious so let me explain.


The company I work for has a policy in their Policies and Procedures Manual and one of their policies (a very legitimate policy I might add) mandates that a person cannot start a business that directly competes with the style of work or business that the hiring company provides and this is referred to as a conflict of interest.  Conflict of interest defines as the use of a position to make or influence decisions which may confer a personal advantage or opportunity on them or their interests to bring about detriment to the organization.  For example, if a 5-Star restaurant hired a culinary artist (fancy cook) and trained them in all of their special recipes this policy would bind that worker from going and creating another restaurant and using the special recipes learned at the original restaurant or even starting a restaurant using all new recipes if it would compete with the hiring agency.  This prevents someone from using a job as a training ground to start their own business that might incidentally compete with the original agency.  This policy makes sense to me and seems fair.


When I started FPN, my goal was to market to parents that were looking to further their education on parenting, improve their relationship with their children, and help them work with tough kids "and even those that aren't."  My intended demographic was established families that had sufficient income to afford the internet, a computer, and most likely an iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, or Android smartphone that would be multitasking their days by listening to FPN while working at their desks, while in the garden, taking a run in the morning, driving in the cars, or even waiting in the doctors office.


FPN was created since the salary I take from this company is not enough to support my family and I desire to create more revenue, involve my passion of teaching parenting, and continue to work at this company (I genuinely love where I work and who I work for). So even if I was not making enough through my salary and I love my job, why not create a unique venue for bringing parenting skills to those who might never get it otherwise especially with our busy schedules.


The demographic of families that I serve in my agency job is in the lower-class bracket, many if not most cannot afford the above mentioned items.  I felt as though my target audience was not influencing the organization.  The parenting information I teach was assembled, practiced, and taught long before I began my work at this company (this company did not teach me what I know) and was a contingency of me taking this position since I wanted to continue to use this material.


My company informed me last week that I am, under no uncertain terms, to continue to do Family Podcast Network since it creates a "conflict of interest" (due to the issue listed above) noting that it is a direct competition with the company.   My specific program calls my position a "caseworker" where I provide parenting education, life-skills assistance, parenting support, employment assistance, help with food, clothing, utilities, or referral to other services.  FPN was created to serve a set of folks I will likely never reach with my current job.  And if it did I would be taking numbers away from my own program and that is the last thing I want!  Again, I love my current job! As an aside, I never refer my current families to this website and why would I?  They are getting much more direct and hands on information through me at my organization.


So the next questions is, what am I doing from here?  I believe in honoring my authorities even when I disagree with them.  I believe in honoring decisions to the point that they are not asking me to violate civil liberties or moral and ethical principles.  So I will continue to update the blog section of FPN with personal examples, lessons learned, and experiences I glean from being a Daddy.  We can consider them "Deep Thoughts" by Trey Gibson.  The lessons are still there, but in a more applicable and personal fashion.


Subsequently I am taking the Podcast portion of FPN offline until I can discuss the matter more in depth with my superiors.  I believe that my company has good folks in leadership positions and will listen to my case and release me to the Podcasts, or find some type of middle-ground that we can both be happy with.


I am also removing the membership and donation pages from the bar so that I am not collecting any revenue from the blog section (this is for transparency sake and again to honor the decision made) until I can discuss the matter more specifically with my superiors.


Hang tight with me guys and know that I am working diligently to get this issue resolved.  I love FPN as much as you guys and am willing to, with justness, kindness, and humbleness, push to get it back on its original path.  Thank you for your time and I look forward to any comments on this matter, and on subsequent blog posts.


And never forget: "it's all about the relationships!"


Trey Gibson

Family Podcast Network

Permanent link to this article: http://thefamilypodcastnetwork.com/blog/where-has-fpn-been

Oct 27

Understanding Children – Bill Cosby


A fun, albeit slightly true, look at kids behavior by the professional himself: Bill Cosby.

Permanent link to this article: http://thefamilypodcastnetwork.com/blog/understanding-children-bill-cosby

Oct 26

A Daddy Again!!

Compliments of Abilene Regional Hospital

Please forgive my more irratic responses on FPN.  We have had some major changes lately and found out that we are having another kiddo!!!  As I was planning out this blog post I was retrospectively thinking about the reactions I have gotten from many friends and family members.  Some were purely jubilant.  Text messages were finished with multiple exclamation points and conversations were permeated with happy tones and smiles.


However, many were not this way.  Some wanted to know the infamous question of "how are you going to pay for that?"  Some were painted on smiles that lacked the real joy in responses and this left me to wondering: "why do so many see this as a negative experience."  I think at least one answer is this: most don't have the experience of parenting that I do.  Since many parents are very un-skilled (not meant hurtfully) at parenting, the process of having kids just flat out sucks! 


The beautiful thing is that the experience does not have to be like that.  It can be better and that is what FPN was created for.  I grew up as an only child and very few skills as a parent and as such guess how many kids I wanted...just one!  After I studied, learned, and implemented what I had gained I found that having kids, even a bunch of them, was not only enjoyable, but a joy!  I loved being a daddy.  Most people do not believe me at first when I say this, but now my wife and I have talked about having 12-15 kiddos.  Sounds crazy, but when  you are good at something, why not do what your good at right?


Now I can hear the comments now: "Trey, I could never be that."  Bullcrap!  Who told you that?  Sure you can.  You may never want to be, but never believe that you cannot be.

Permanent link to this article: http://thefamilypodcastnetwork.com/blog/a-daddy-again

Oct 20

If You Are a Parent You Need To Read These Books

Other families and parents out there will recommend a ton of books to you.  As a parent educator even I get tons of recommendations.  The issue with recommended reads is that they may fit a certain person, or work for a particular family, but they are not always effective for all families.  I want to list some recommendations of books that I have seen be effective with multiple families.


The Five Love Languages - a book that discusses that we all send and receive love in different ways.  This is written with romantic relationships in mind but I have found it to be extremely successful in working with our kids as well.  Chapman discusses how we all receive love differently.  Some feel loved when they get gifts, some when others do something meaningful for them (make them a cup of coffee or take the trash out for a person), some need physical touch, and some need to hear "I love you."  If you are trying to tell your kiddo you love them by buying them a new PlayStation, but they would rather hear how you are proud of them, then regardless of what you are trying to do, they typically do not feel loved.  This book explains all of these ideas succinctly, clearly, and is an easy read.




Suddenly They're 13: The Art of Hugging a Cactus - this book is co-written by the Arp's.  It discusses the difficulties that are often experienced by parents when their sweet snugglie kiddos turn 13 and change.  They address 4 issues in a way that quickly became one of my favorite approaches through ideas of regrouping, releasing, relating, and relaxing.  Supreme advice for those with or will have teens.  Regardless of whether you have teens or not right now, I recommend you pick up a copy of this and prepare yourself.  Even with teenagers, there are two types of people, those that are trained, and those that are not.  Which are you?




The New Strong-Willed Child - Dobson offers advice on how to work with your difficult kiddos that want to live by their own rules.  His writing style is witty, fun, and very easy to read.  It also packs a punch in good tips, tricks, and techniques.  I read his original written years ago and his new book is still the stuff that makes it effective with updated information and research...which makes me happy!




Permanent link to this article: http://thefamilypodcastnetwork.com/blog/if-you-are-a-parent-you-need-to-read-these-books

Oct 18

My Encounter Last Week

This last week while at a Resourse Rodeo I saw an individual I had worked with almost a year ago.  I called his name and he turned towards my voice fully recognizing who I was before he saw me.  With tears in his eyes he walked up to me, grabbed me by the hand, pulled me out of my chair, and hugged me.  He noted that "I was just telling a lady a few tables down that I met with this guy and he taught me some awesome stuff!"  He proceeded to tell me "man, you were right!  You were right about everything!"  With sheer excitement and pride he announced "you were exactly right!  You don't have to spank your child every time!"


He went on to describe how he had been practicing "everything you taught me and you were right about it all!"  Many of you may be thinking "alright Trey, you sure are putting yourself on a high horse there" but I promise I am not.  It's not about me at all, but about the things there are to learn.  When I had first met this gentleman he knew of only a few ways to discipline his child and how to relate.  By the time we were done he knew so many strategies he was able to check back in with me a year later noting that his kid "ain't the same kid."


Check out what FPN has to offer.  The Podcasts are free and there is much more when you become a member.

Permanent link to this article: http://thefamilypodcastnetwork.com/blog/my-encounter-last-week

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