Podcast #6: Dad Creek Without a Paddle

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Welcome to episode six of the Slouching towards Thatcham podcast, the podcast that brings you the voices behind your favourite parent blogs.

Every week a fellow blogger joins me to talk about one of their favourite posts and reads it in their own voice. It’s as simple as that: bite-sized chunks of blogging brilliance!

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This week’s guest is dad of two Ryan from the blog Dad Creek Without a Paddle.

On the podcast you can hear him read his eloquent, moving and courageous post My secret battle with depression. Sometimes as bloggers we write posts that are light and frivolous. This one is emotional and important, and it carries twice as much weight to hear Ryan himself reading it. Please do have a listen.

You can follow Ryan on his blog Dad Creek Without a Paddle, on Twitter @costyy2k and also on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

STT 2015 banner 6How do you follow a post as powerful as Ryan’s?

You can’t, really. However, in the same way that depression is one of those subjects that, until comparatively recently, was largely considered taboo as a topic for discussion, I’ve also experienced what it’s like to have a family event that is considered off-limits.

In The brother who never was, I talk about my experience with infant mortality, the hole a short-lived sibling has left in my life and how it has influenced my values as a parent.

It’s one of the most difficult posts I have ever written – it took me more than three years and a dozen rewrites to complete. But it’s also one of the posts I’m most proud of.

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You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Player.fm, Stitcher or directly via this link. Or you can find every episode contained on the blog here.

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Next podcast: Friday 11th September

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