On Part 2 of their series on reconciliation, Blake and Curt discuss the art of apology - mistakes made when apologizing and elements of a good mea culpa - and break down Kevin Hart's recent apology for some anti-LGTBQ tweets. They delve into Gary Chapman's 5 Languages of Apology, and round out the episode with a discussion on the importance and impact of apologizing in the home.
On the first of a two-part series, Blake and Curt discuss conflict and reconciliation - common sources of conflict, reasons why issues persist and the hidden value of reconciliation. They also break down the trap married couples fall into during conflict (and how to avoid it), and reveal that one famous person they'd have legit issues with in real life.
Why is asking for help one of the hardest things to do? Curt and Blake break down some of the reasons we neglect to ask for help (15:36), how we recognize when we need it (27:08) and how we go about getting it (31:16). Plus, an update on Blake’s NFL boycott (4:25) and some lessons in mentorship from The Fresh Prince and The Godfather (53:10).
Are millennials less grateful than older generations? Blake and Curt dissect the question (34:30) and address the nuance between appreciation and gratitude (8:00). They also discuss behaviors and beliefs that kill a spirit of gratitude and how to remove these barriers on the path to happiness (starting 26:20).
Blake and Curt discuss what it means to be a strong partner to your spouse - how they formed their concept of marriage (21:28), the single most important step they made to be a strong partner (31:34) and challenges they face in supporting their spouses (40:26). The two unpack some eyebrow-raising statements on marriage from a religious leader (1:09), and Curt drops a bombshell of an update (10:29).
This week, Blake and Curt discuss spanking – how it emerged as a form of corrective behavior, their parenting philosophies regarding discipline, drawbacks and benefits of spanking, and alternate methods when responding to a child’s undesirable behaviors (starting at 20:43). After a weekend homecoming visit, Blake recounts stories from high school, where they paddled students (!) (begin at 11:15). Plus, the hosts debrief the mid-term election results – wins and losses, a new day in Florida for former felons, and the conspicuous absence of one marginalized group in the push for progress (0:59).
Curt and Blake explore the dynamics of prioritizing yourself/your family within a broader sense of duty to your community, and what happens when the two don't align (starting at 15:40). Also, the two discuss HBCU homecomings (4:30) and recount some wild, unforgettable extracurricular experiences (49:11).
Blake and Curt revisit the Rajon Rondo vs. Chris Paul fight (3:11) as a part of a larger conversation on fighting and self-defense. The two discuss their philosophies on fighting and early childhood fights (starting 16:07), explore the history of fighting as a means of asserting self-worth (28:11) and challenge double standards when it comes to black expressions of anger (38:25), among other things.
Blake and Curt dissect the policing of existing while black in America - why is it happening so frequently, what underlying assumptions and biases are at play, and what it means for their future and their children (starts at 11:12). Also, the hosts discuss Drake's appearance on LeBron's HBO series "The Shop", betrayal and how to channel negative energy to create positive results (3:43).
Blake and Curt discuss their complicated relationship with rap music - specifically, reconciling love for the art form with its problematic themes and messages. Plus, with the NBA season around kicking next week, they compare their favorite rappers to basketball players of the past and present (5:11).
In this episode, Curt and Blake explore the beauty of blackness and the challenges and considerations in shaping their children’s Black identity. They recall the first time they realized they were Black (11:30) and discuss everything from the universal laws of growing up Black (25:24), beauty and blackness (38:55) and the nuances of raising bi-racial children (highlights at 36:55, 47:15, 55:34).
Blake and Curt discuss the return of the NFL, Kanye West and the concept of loving something that doesn't love you back.
Host Curt and Blake introduce listeners to the podcast and what to expect from this upcoming season in this inaugural episode of The Notorious D.A.D.s.