The content on this blog is written by DMDs (Dads Married to Doctors) but is designed for all busy dads or parents married to busy professionals.
Let’s face it… we’re all busy. When we got married and started having kids, we had a certain idea of what life would be like. At least, we thought we did. DMD Lifestyle is all about parents, and especially dads, doing life together and learning from each other. Learning from our successes, our mistakes, and encouraging each other to create a better lifestyle for ourselves and our families.
DMD Dads Care partners with Give More Hugs on #GivingTuesday
It’s the season to give back and we are joining forces with the nonprofit Give More HUGS (Helping Unite Giving Souls) this #GivingTuesday to show the world the power of dads doing good. Give More HUGS founder Chris McGilvery is a DMD himself and we have chosen to partner with Give More HUGS to support students in under-served areas. Our children have shelves filled with books, but 1 of 4 children in low-income communities do not have access to books at home. Give More HUGS priority is to help ensure all children in Texas and the communities where their ambassadors live have access to books and school supplies.
As we approach the largest global day of giving, Giving Tuesday, we ask that you join us in our effort to give back to teachers and students in under-served areas across the United States. Let’s come together to show the power of dads #givingback on #GivingTuesday. Together, we can make a big difference. How can you help on #GivingTuesday?
Every dollar raised on Facebook starting on Tuesday, November 27 at 5am PST will be matching dollar for dollar up to 7 million. Facebook and Paypal are matching donations to nonprofits. Nonprofit matching is limited to 250k per nonprofit, and 20 k per donor. This could be a big day for our DMD brother Chris McGilvery and his work at Give More HUGS. He is truly making a mark on our world. Please consider a donation or start a fundraiser to help grow the work and impact of Give More HUGS. Together, we are changing lives, one student at a time.
Each year, Give More HUGS train students to develop their leadership to provide books and school supplies to students in under-served areas. Each student who goes through our training has the potential to impact 1,000 students’ lives in a school. This year, Give More HUGS is training 31 students who are implementing the BookShare and Backpack program in their communities. Volunteering, working hard, and sharing the possibilities with education and inspiration for students in under-served communities.
Start a Facebook Fundraiser to tell your friends and family that you are raising funds for Give More HUGS to provide books, school supplies and inspiration to students in need.
Let’s help unite giving souls on #GivingTuesday, November 29, 2018 to inspire students to discover the power of learning, reading, and creativity.
What is Giving Tuesday?
Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. It all started in 2012, when 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation partnered to establish GivingTuesday.org, a global movement that has engaged more than 10,000 organizations worldwide, as well as communities, families, businesses, charities and students to celebrate generosity and to give.
Meningitis – What is it and how to prevent it with Dr. Len Friedland and Nick Springer of GSK
In this special episode, Curtis interviews two GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) spokesmen about Meningococcal disease, a rare but aggressive bacterial infection that can be fatal or cause life-long disabilities. It is preventable and there is a vaccine for five serogroups of the disease.
Dr. Leonard Friedland is a husband, a father to two adult children, a pediatrician, and VP at GSK who has worked in the field of infectious disease vaccination since 2003. In addition to learning about his great work with vaccines, we also get marriage and parenting tips from Dr. Friedland. (full bio here)
Nick Springer is a gold medal Paralympian in wheelchair rugby and a meningitis survivor whom, at the age of 14, contracted meningitis, fought for his life for 2 months, while enduring 19 surgeries and four amputations. As Nick tells his story, his optimism for life and for living it to it’s fullest shines through. He explains how this disease completely caught him and his family off guard, but how it has allowed him to now be a spokesman for HOPE. Nick shares amazing stories and tips about parenting and positive mental attitude that he observed watching his parents and sister help him recover. (full bio here)
Son of a DMD and Pediatrician – What it’s like growing up in a Physician Family – Episode 11
Rocklin Shumaker is a medical student who is following in his mother’s footsteps. His mom is a prominent Pediatrician and active member of the American Medical Association (AMA). Rocklin and I met at the AMA Convention which coincided with the AMA Alliance Annual Meeting. We discuss the importance of both organizations.
In this episode, Rocklin and Curtis discuss:
The AMA and the AMA Alliance and the importance of each.
Lessons he learned growing up in a physician family with a busy mom and stay at home dad. He shares the good and the bad and the lessons he learned along the way that has helped him manage the crazy life of medical school.
His parents 30+ year marriage and tips he saw in practice that make them a great couple and great parents.
Each year, the DMD dads support a cause that we all hold dear to our hearts. This year DMD Gives Back to Home of the Innocents (the Home), which is where Louisville’s vulnerable children and youth have found emotional, physical, and intellectual support that can transform their lives since 1880.
This interview is with Meredith Pack, HOTI Communications Director, and Mike LaCharite, event planner with Top Mark Events. We discuss the 4 major service areas of the Home, their amazing programs, 2 success stories and their growth plans. We look at how Social Media has changed how the community learns about the needs of the Home and how they can be directly involved both locally and from afar.
30:00 – “What is love? Love is NOT hitting, being sexually abused, or being traded for drugs. Love IS giving confidence, empowering you, and letting you know that someone cares and will protect you.” – Meredith Pack
36:00 – Growth Plans
38:00 – Challenges HOTI has faced
42:00 – Growing success and changing lives since 1880
Marriage Lessons from Steve Allwine, a previously divorced dad now married to an OBGYN – Episode 9
Steve Allwine is a great guy who has learned a lot about marriage and what works and what doesn’t. In this episode, we discuss his first marriage and what he learned that has allowed his second marriage to be so amazing. He’s married to an OBGYN and they have 2 kids under 2!
Communication: In marriage, what are your deal breakers? How about in parenting?
Respect: How to put yourself in your spouse’s shoes.
Consistency: How to do the little things for big wins!
Considering Divorce: Tips to consider
Marriage Lessons – Do you say YOU when questioning your spouse?
Parenting Tips – Have you tried THE PAUSE?
Building a business as a doctor dad married to a physician.
Dr. Kelly James wears many hats. He’s a physician, a husband married to a busy physician, a dad and most recently, an entrepreneur. With all of us having so many things on our plates, he realized how easy it is for us to forget important dates. This led to the creation of a beautiful timepiece that not only reminds us of important occasions but also stands alone as an amazing piece of art and testament to the beauty of the event it is helping you remember. Meet the Anniversary Clock.
Achieving work life balance as an entrepreneur dad married to a doctor.
IQ Talent Partners founder, Chris Murdock, says work-life balance is all about perspective and proper mindset.
In this nugget packed episode, we discuss:
– Recognizing your talents and find partners to fill gaps
– What does work life balance even mean? Balance doesn’t always mean equal!
– How to handle bad days at work.
– Mindset: We all wear multiple hats and you have to know when to wear which one!
– Mommy guilt – how to help your spouse cope
– Why 1 business failed vs his current business success
– Find a tribe who gets you. In DMD, we realize, we’re not alone!
Fatherhood is a Team Sport. Celebrate Father’s Eve with John Francis – Episode 5
John Francis decided to celebrate the completion of his new garage with some buddies on the night before Father’s Day 2012. That celebration grew into an annual event called Father’s Eve now celebrated in over 50 cities around the world! Find a Father’s Eve event in your city or HOST ONE by visiting https://fatherseve.com/
In this episode, John and I discuss:
– The value of 1 on 1 time with your children
– Why connecting OFFLINE with other dads is so important
– How you can get involved in your community with a dads group or host a Father’s Eve event