The Dad Chronicle | Stories of Fatherhood

The Dad Chronicle | Stories of Fatherhood
Join Alex Albisu as he shares inspiring stories of fatherhood to support the struggles dads face in parenthood. He also speaks to industry experts on important topics surrounding child development in parenting.

85: A Fresh Perspective - Kyle Fergusson’s Story
Oct 11 • 53 min
Alex invites content creator, podcaster, and video game coach, Kyle Fergusson, to the show to talk about his new experience as a father! Kyle talks about the long and arduous experience his wife, Kristen, went through during labor. He also talks about how…
84: Separated from Family - Drew’s Story
Oct 4 • 41 min
Alex invites a contestant from Season 2 of America’s Next Top Podcaster, Drew, to share his experience as a father of 2 young children. He and drew have a lively conversation about the way he avoids bringing up his children’s names on the internet, the…
83: The Wood Whisperer - Marc Spagnuolo’s Story
Sep 27 • 48 min
Alex invites Marc Spagnuolo of The Wood Whisperer to share his story. Marc is a full time content creator, video producer, and wood worker. He’s also a dad who has a lot of great wisdom to share! They talk about the power of being an entrepreneur and…
82: Raising Teens (ft. Wendi Dunford)
Sep 20 • 67 min
Alex invites Wendi Dunford back to the show. Wendi is a licensed therapist and drops a lot of great knowledge on what is going on in the mind of a teen and how parents can connect with their teens… Something a lot of parents are looking for guidance on!…
81: The Foster Dad - Kevin Williams’ Story
Sep 13 • 44 min
Alex speaks with a former co-worker of his who has experience as a foster parent. He talks about the highs and lows of this experience. He also shares how being a foster parent could bring so much joy and change a child’s life. Become a Patron:…
80: Reflecting on What I’ve Learned
Sep 6 • 53 min
This episode is a very special reflection of what Alex has learned so far in the past 80 episodes of The Dad Chronicle. He brings a special guest on to help him tell this story. Chime in on the conversation: [email protected] Become a…
79: Embrace Social Outcasts - Gary Fisher’s Story
Aug 30 • 45 min
Alex invites a fellow member of the podcasting group known as The Tadpool to join him on this week’s episode. Gary talks about his daughter’s diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome, how he might be on the spectrum himself, and what it means to embrace people…
78: Medicine and Your Kids (Round Table Discussion ft Dan Patriss & Gerry Tolbert)
Aug 16 • 47 min
Alex invites 2 former guests and doctors, Dan Patriss and Gerry Tolbert to a round table discussion about medicine and kids. They talk about how you can avoid getting your kids sick, when it’s okay for your kids to be sick, and the role that vaccines play…
77: Responsibility & Content Creation - Brian Dunaway’s Story
Aug 7 • 51 min
Alex invites fellow content creator and podcaster, Brian Dunaway, on to talk about his journey from parent of 3 to an almost empty nester. He also shares some important bits of information about how you can engage with your kids about the video games…
76: Toddler Tantrum Stories
Jul 31 • 7 min
Instead of your typical story of fatherhood or parenting topic, Alex shares some funny stories directly from The Dad Chronicle Community about toddler tantrums. You can join the community today by following this link:…
75: Overcoming Infertility
Jul 24 • 51 min
Alex welcomes Geoff Blough back to the show to share some exciting news. Geoff and Holly are pregnant! But it wasn’t an easy road for them. Geoff shares how he and Holly overcame some tremendous hurdles to get to where they are today. Subscribe, Contact,…
74: The Philosophy of Fun - Dr. Michael Rucker’s Story
Jul 17 • 62 min
Alex interviews Michael Rucker, Ph.D. who is writing a book about fun. They talk about the ways you can bring fun and joy into your parenting and how to be in the moment when spending time with your kids. Michael also recounts some of the struggles he’s…
73: Be Yourself - Brian Ibbott’s Story (Coverville)
Jul 10 • 57 min
Alex interviews veteran podcaster and music aficionado, Brian Ibbott. Brian brings a lot of great wisdom and thoughts on how you can connect with your kids in a genuine way. He and Alex also talk about the exciting plans for Season 2 of America’s Next Top…
72: Finding Balance - Stephen Schleicher’s Story (Major Spoilers)
Jul 3 • 47 min
Stephen Schleicher of Major Spoilers ( joins the conversation to talk about his perspective on fatherhood! They talk about why Stephen withholds certain information about his family from his public audience, how he embraces what his…
71: Birth & Postpartum (ft. Mari Smith of Arrow Birth)
Jun 26 • 52 min
On today’s episode, Alex speaks with Mari Smith. Mari was a doula who has started her own online birth education business, Arrow Birth. They talk about how to prepare for the birth of your child, what to expect postpartum, and how to always trust your…
70: The Cartoonist - Scott Johnson’s Story (Frogpants)
Jun 12 • 53 min
Alex has cartoonist, illustrator, and podcaster, Scott Johnson on the show to talk about fatherhood. Scott brings wonderful wisdom on how to be a supportive father to children who are interested in pursuing art or creative ventures; similar to the support…
69: The Power of Therapy (ft. Wendi Dunford)
Jun 5 • 63 min
Alex invites therapist Wendi Dunford on the show to talk about de-stygmatizing therapy. She provides some wonderful insight into how therapy can be extremely beneficial to your children and family life in general. Wendi also shares some important…
68: Let Them Be Kids - Dan Patriss’ Story (GeekJockBlog)
May 29 • 49 min
Dan Patriss (GeekJockBlog) joins Alex to talk about fatherhood! He brings a really fun story about how he met his wife, how they face their daughter’s diagnosis of Turner Syndrome, and how he promotes a healthy balance of work and play when it comes to…
67: A Necessary Mess - Hammond Chamberlain’s Story
May 22 • 48 min
Alex is joined by podcaster, producer, and music enthusiast, Hammond Chamberlain. Hammond shares the struggles he faced when he was a new father and how he managed to find his ability to manage time well between fatherhood and his work. Check out…
66: The Magician - Brian Brushwood’s Story
May 15 • 50 min
Alex invites, comedian, podcaster, and magician Brian Brushwood on the show to talk about his experience as a father. Brian talks about his start as a magician and entrepreneur and how he transitioned to the life of a father once his kids were born. He…
65: The Good Doctor - Dr Gerry Tolbert’s Story
May 8 • 47 min
Alex invites another former contestant from America’s Next Top Podcaster, Dr Gerry Tolbert, to discuss life as a family practitioner, medical professional, and father. He has a lot to balance, and provides a lot of wisdom on how he does it and important…
64: Leadership, Service, Sacrifice - My Father-In-Law’s Story
Apr 24 • 70 min
Alex sits down with his father-in-law, Doug Yurovich, to talk about his experience as a father that was active duty military most of his life. He shares insights into the challenges that he faced and his story of becoming a pilot in the Marine Corps. He…
63: Be Kind, Be Gracious, Be Grateful - Joe Houde’s Story
Apr 17 • 50 min
Alex is back with fellow contestant and teammate from Americas Next Top Podcaster, Joe Houde, who talks about how he approaches fatherhood. Joe is an entrepreneur with tremendous leadership experience that he imparts on his two children. He and Alex talk…
62: Toddler Tantrums!
Apr 10 • 7 min
Alex shares some of the ways he’s been dealing with his daughter’s recent outbursts and tantrums. Share how you handle your kids misbehaving by emailing [email protected] Follow Alex on all social media platforms: @alexalbisu
61: Little House, Lots of Love - Brad Wonsch’s Story
Mar 27 • 30 min
Alex invites his former teammate from America’s Next Top Podcaster, Brad Wonsch, to talk about his experience downsizing into a small house with his family. He shares the challenges they face and how they are stronger and more connected because of it.…
60: Starting Daycare
Mar 20 • 22 min
Alex brings his wife on to celebrate 60 episodes and talk about what it’s like to have their daughter attending daycare. They share some of the benefits they’ve seen with Aria attending daycare and how you can make sure your child is ready to attend…
59: My Abuelo’s Story
Mar 13 • 10 min
Alex shares his team’s latest submission on the competition he’s a part of, America’s Next Top Podcaster, where he tells the story of how he overcame his the grief he experienced when he grandfather, Frank, passed away. If you’d like to contribute to the…
58: Slow Down!
Feb 27 • 9 min
Alex reflects on his need to slow down and enjoy the moment and the event that occurred to help him do so. He shares some insight on some ways that you, as a parent, should take time for yourself and realign on priorities every once in a while. If you’d…
57: Dads with Daughters (Round Table Discussion)
Feb 13 • 44 min
Sorry, there were some shenanigans with the original sound file. Re-uploading! Alex has former guests Jamie and Ken on to talk about what it’s like as fathers who are raising daughters. They talk about society’s expectations of raising daughters and how…
56: Overcoming Hardships - Brandon’s Story
Feb 6 • 52 min
Alex has an old friend of his, Brandon Flanigin, join the show to talk about leaving his life brewing beer to becoming a stay at home dad due to his youngest son’s illness. Brandon shares some of the ways he’s been able to successfully make the transition…
55: From Bachelor to Stepfather - Geoff’s Story
Jan 30 • 48 min
Alex is back with an old friend of his, Geoff Blough, who shares what it was like to go from bachelor to getting married and having 2 stepsons. He and Alex talk about some of the struggles of that dynamic and how, at the end of the day, it’s all worth it.…
54.5: Exciting Update!
Jan 25 • 3 min
Alex shares some news as to why he hasn’t been able to publish a new episode over the last couple of weeks. Listen in for the news!
54: Being The Provider - Ken’s Story
Jan 9 • 40 min
Happy New Year! Alex is back to share his brother-in-law’s story of fatherhood. Ken talks about how some of the men in his life have influenced his hard work and ethics towards being a provider to his family. They also talk about what it’s like for Ken as…
53: Reflecting Back On 2018
Dec 19, 2018 • 14 min
Alex wraps up 2018 with a look back at what fatherhood has been like and what sorts of conversations he’s had on this show. He also shares what he’s looking forward to in 2019. Thanks to everyone who has supported the show! The song at the end of the show…
52: Actual Disney Magic
Dec 12, 2018 • 35 min
Alex invites Jamie Sweetland back to recount their recent trips to Disney World. Alex shares some of the highlights of watching his daughter experience Disney for the first time. Want to contribute to the conversation? Email…
51: Baby Bascopé Part 2
Nov 28, 2018 • 25 min
Chris Bascopé joins Alex again to discuss the latest on expecting his first child. He shares the news about the gender and name of his child and what he and Nicole are doing in preparation of the baby coming in a couple months. Alex and Chris reflect on…
50: Take Your Kids Places
Nov 21, 2018 • 19 min
Alex invites his wife, Deanna, to join him on the show to celebrate 50 episodes. They talk about what it’s like to take a toddler out and survive temper tantrums and how rewarding it was to travel with their daughter for the first time on a flight. They…
49: Carving Your Own Path - Brian’s Story
Nov 7, 2018 • 31 min
Alex joins Deanna’s cousin, Brian, live in Massachusetts to talk about fatherhood. His daughter, Leigh, is just a few months younger than Alex’s daughter, Aria. The two reminisce about what it was like for Brian to grow up in a military household and how…
48: Technology & Kids - Keith’s Story
Oct 24, 2018 • 46 min
How much time your kid spends with technology is always a touchy topic with some parents, but Keith and Alex have a great discussion about how you can use technology responsibly to educate your kids while still embracing more conventional forms of…
46: Strength and Perseverance
Oct 10, 2018 • 51 min
Alex invites Andy to join him again on The Dad Chronicle. Andy shares news about the latest addition to his family: his daughter, Ava. We also get an update on how his son, Josh, is taking to his new little sister. Andy also shares some of the…
45: Cousins Becoming Fathers - Chris’ Story
Oct 3, 2018 • 36 min
Alex invites his cousin, Chris, to join the show, whose daughter is close to Alex’s daughter’s age. They reminisce about growing up, how you should slow down every once in a while, and pay homage to those who have left before us and the impact they’ve…
44: Political Divides (Round Table Discussion)
Sep 26, 2018 • 52 min
Alex conducts another round table discussion with two previous guests, Jamal and Joe. The 3 recall some funny stories from their past and also dive into some fairly serious topics around politics and how it affects their parenting.
43: Responsible Gaming (Round Table Discussion)
Sep 19, 2018 • 28 min
Alex invites his co-hosts of Joystick and Mouse to participate in a new concept: The Dad Round Table. This is an opportunity for dads to get together and talk about a specific topic. What better topic to talk about with Don and Tim than video games? The 3…
42: Remember the Important Things
Sep 5, 2018 • 10 min
Alex reflects on his week off with his daughter, Aria, and how it helped him reflect on the important things in life. [email protected]
41: Family is Everything - Joe’s Story
Aug 23, 2018 • 46 min
Alex has a very old friend of his, Joe Glorioso, on the show to talk about his experience with fatherhood. Joe’s story is a really interesting one, and his focus on the important things in life has always been an inspiration to Alex. Join in to listen to…
40: The Importance of Partnership
Aug 15, 2018 • 21 min
Alex celebrates 40 episodes by having his wife join him to share how their parenting journey is going so far. They also share the importance of leaning on your partner through this, sometimes frustrating, experience.
39: Fertility Challenges - Chris’ Story
Aug 8, 2018 • 32 min
Alex is extremely happy to have his very good friend, Chris Bascope, on the show to discuss his journey to becoming a father. Chris shares the fertility challenges he and his wife had up to this point, and how he’s looking forward to being a father.…
38: Disney Magic
Jul 25, 2018 • 32 min
Alex invites a regular on the show, Jamie Sweetland, to talk about what Disney does right for families visiting their theme parks and consuming their content. They also talk about how their daughters have loved movies from Moana to Alice in Wonderland. Do…
37: No Regrets - Matt’s Story
Jul 18, 2018 • 28 min
Alex’s old friend and coworker, Matt Shaver, joins the show to talk about how he and his wife’s unexpected addition to their family was one of the best things to ever happen to him. Email: [email protected]
36: Self-Defense & Empowerment - Josh’s Story
Jul 11, 2018 • 35 min
Alex invites another fellow podcast listener to the show to share his perspective on fatherhood. Josh is a stay at home father with experience as a Martial Arts Instructor. He shares some important thoughts around the importance of self-defense and…
35: Ear Infections & Sleep Regression
Jul 4, 2018 • 13 min
Alex shares how he and Deanna have been dealing with a recent ear infection that Aria has been suffering from. It has resulted in really bad sleep regression and a lot of anxiety around the Albisu household. As someone that is prone to anxiety, Alex has…
34: Hard Work and Dedication - Brian’s Story
Jun 27, 2018 • 24 min
Brian, a fellow podcast enthusiast, joined Alex to talk about how important hard work and setting a great example is for your kids; especially when you have four boys. Brian also shares some personal struggles he’s experienced and how he has overcome them…
33: Wives Are Awesome - Brandon’s Story
Jun 20, 2018 • 35 min
Alex invites a fellow lover of podcasts and geek, Brandon Matthews, aka “Old Man Franks”, to talk about his experience with fatherhood. From terrible twos, to video games, to reuniting with his father, Brandon makes a strong case as to why he is a great…
32: Gaming Antics
Jun 13, 2018 • 33 min
Alex invites returning guest, Omer Aru, of Escape Room Herndon, to share the latest on his boys. Video games are pretty popular in his house and he shares what methods he uses to promote a positive gaming atmosphere in his home. We also pay homage to…
31: Baby on the Move
Jun 6, 2018 • 14 min
Alex’s daughter is on the move and talking! He shares some tips around how to prepare yourself for a baby who is starting to crawl and walk and how to deal with frustrations around communicating with your child.
30: Happily Ever After - Don’s Story
May 30, 2018 • 30 min
Alex’s friend and fellow gamer, Don, joins the show to share his unique perspective and experience with fatherhood. He also shares the impact that a popular video game had on his journey to meeting his wife and step-daughter.
29: The Power of Faith - Steven’s Story
May 23, 2018 • 42 min
Alex’s friend, Steven, joins him to discuss the role that faith plays in his approach to fatherhood. He also shares the story of his daughter, Lulu, and how he and his wife found out that Lulu has down syndrome and the impact that has had on their lives.
28: Newly Engaged Stepdad
May 16, 2018 • 42 min
Alex welcomes his friend, Tim, back to give the latest news on his stepson, Willy, and share the exciting news that he and his fiance are engaged. They talk geek culture, the impact this marriage will have on his fiance’s son, and his methods of holding…
27: One Year Later
May 9, 2018 • 11 min
Alex is back with an update on how his daughter, Aria, has progressed since his last episode. He also celebrates one year since Aria came into this world.
26: Tribute to Papa
Nov 2, 2017 • 13 min
This episode is dedicated to my wife’s grandfather, who we lovingly refer to as “Papa”.
25: Life is About Compromise - Allen’s Story
Oct 12, 2017 • 38 min
Fellow geek and gamer, Allen Brasch, joins Alex to discuss balancing your passions with being a father. They also share some of the geeky things they look forward to sharing with their kids.
24: Harness the Energy - Anthony’s Story
Sep 28, 2017 • 30 min
Alex’s old friend and former neighbor, Anthony, joins him on the show to discuss his choice to separate from the Marine Corps to focus on his family life and overcoming the challenges of not having his father in his life. He also talks about his two boys…
23: The Power of Music
Sep 21, 2017 • 26 min
Alex invites his friend, Jamie, back on the show to discuss the impact music has had on their lives and how they want to share their love of music with their children. Jamie is also the host of a podcast called The Reading List, which you can listen to by…
22: Slow Down and Have Fun - Adam’s Story
Sep 7, 2017 • 32 min
Alex has his wife’s coworker, Adam, join the show to talk about how important it is to slow down and enjoy your time with your children. He also explains why his son loves “The Wobble” so much.
21: Autism Awareness - Steve’s Story
Aug 31, 2017 • 37 min
Steve is the father of 3 children, 2 of which are autistic. He shares his inspiring story with Alex as well as great advice on how to overcome challenges in marriage and fatherhood.
20: Recovering from the Loss of a Child - Andy’s Story
Aug 24, 2017 • 41 min
The death of a child is one of the worst things that can ever happen to a parent. Andy shares the story of his first son, Jordan, who passed away too early, and what it means to be a father to his second son, Joshua.
19: Inspiration of a Father and Teacher - Justin’s Story
Aug 17, 2017 • 38 min
Alex’s gamer friend, Justin, stops by to share his perspective on fatherhood. Justin is also a teacher, which gives him a unique perspective on how to be supportive of young kids. He shares great wisdom on how to prioritize your life to put your kids and…
18: A Stepfather’s Impact - Tim’s Story
Aug 10, 2017 • 40 min
Tim joins the show to talk about his son, Will, and how he makes an impact as his stepfather. Tim shares his love of geek culture, which has been an important aspect of his and Will’s relationship. He also provides great insight into his approach as a…
17: Baby is Swimming
Aug 3, 2017 • 9 min
Alex shares an update on the latest events in the Albisu household. Aria has been baptized and is also taking swim lessons. He’s also looking for input from parents on how they’ve overcome the challenges of going back to work after paternity/maternity…
16: My Dad’s Story
Jul 20, 2017 • 23 min
Alex invites his own father, Luis, to the show to talk about his experience with fatherhood. He talks about how important it is to work hard, especially when you are an immigrant coming to this country with absolutely nothing. He also talks about how…
15: Robert’s Story
Jul 12, 2017 • 29 min
Fellow podcaster, Robert, joins Alex to talk about his experience with fatherhood. He offers awesome advice on how to help your child deal with adversity. Robert is also host of The Two Bobs Podcast, check out his podcast here:
14: Andrew’s Story
Jul 5, 2017 • 25 min
Andrew Tiu with Motion Butter and The Tiu Review joins Alex to talk about fatherhood. Andrew is an entrepreneur and new dad. The two discuss what it’s like to live an entrepreneurial lifestyle and focus on being their for your new child. Check out…
13: Let Sleeping Babies Sleep
Jun 28, 2017 • 11 min
Alex gives an update as to how he and Deanna get their 1 and a half month old daughter to sleep 8 to 9 hours every night.
12: Jamal’s Story
Jun 21, 2017 • 32 min
Jamal tells his story about raising two boys as a single parent and how fatherhood is a passion of his. He has his own fatherhood podcast called “Your Mark: A Series About All Things Fatherhood” that was the inspiration for this show. Join in as he and…
11: Jason’s Story
Jun 16, 2017 • 39 min
Jason talks about his son, Elias, and how his upbringing as an adopted child has given him a unique view on fatherhood. He also shares insight into how important it is to let your child embrace what they become passionate about.
10: Omer’s Story
Jun 8, 2017 • 38 min
Special guest, Omer, joins Alex to share how his father’s work ethic wife’s entrepreneurial spirit inspired him to open his own Escape Room. His boys think their dad has a pretty cool job.
09: Jamie’s Story
Jun 1, 2017 • 28 min
Alex invites his first father guest, Jamie, to recount growing up without a father and what that means to him. Listen in to learn how his mom was such an inspiration on how he approaches fatherhood.
08: Introducing Baby Albisu
May 17, 2017 • 17 min
Alex and Deanna welcome their newborn daughter to the world! They also recap their first days as new parents and Alex shares the future and direction of The Dad Chronicle.
07: The Home Stretch
Mar 30, 2017 • 13 min
Alex invites his wife, Deanna, back on the show to say some words before their daughter joins the world.
06: Baby Furniture
Feb 20, 2017 • 8 min
Third Trimester! Alex shares his adventures building baby furniture and why it’s important to slow down and appreciate the pregnancy.
05: Placental Lakes and ER Visits
Feb 2, 2017 • 8 min
Alex shares some insight on best ways to deal with stressful situations during pregnancy.
04: Gender Reveal
Dec 29, 2016 • 11 min
Alex has a very special guest on the show and they reveal the gender of the baby.
03: We are in the 2nd Trimester
Dec 29, 2016 • 8 min
Alex and Deanna are finally able to share with the world that they are having a baby. Alex also shares the hilarious reaction that his cohost of his other podcast, the Geek:30 Happy Hour, had when they told him live on the air about the news.
02: Baby’s Got a Heartbeat
Dec 29, 2016 • 7 min
Alex heard his baby’s heartbeat for the first time! He shares how that made him and Deanna feel as well as some of the reactions from close friends and family on the news that Deanna is pregnant.
01: I’m Going to be a Dad!
Dec 29, 2016 • 9 min
Alex is going to be a dad! He shares how he and his wife, Deanna, met as well as some of the amazing things that happened that had an impact on the news that his wife was pregnant.