We’re both back from vacation, and Heidi’s dealing with a little bit of a post-vaca existential crisis! Nevertheless, we’re talking about how returning from vacations and settling back into our ordinary lives have changed over the last few years in our increasingly harsh, polarized culture. All this leads us in the direction of how harsh our interactions the people close to us can be sometimes, and how we can all benefit from being a little gentler in our interactions.

This week we're talking about Aziz Ansari's new Netflix special and what we can learn from the way he addressed his own sexual misconduct allegations from last year. 

July 11, 2019

The Value Of Sports

The huge win of the USA Women's Soccer team has us reeling this week about the value of sports in our kids' lives these days. We get into why you have to take chances and put it all on the line sometimes, learning how to define wins for yourself even if you aren't a natural-born athlete, and even why some kids are choosing to opt out of sports lately - and why they shouldn't!

This week, we're talking about the Parkland shooting survivor who recently had his Harvard offer rescinded after it was discovered that he had made some racist comments, whether such an offense is ever redeemable, and how this ties into race. 

We took a week off, but now we're back! John's officially an empty nester, and the proud new owner of a drill. Heidi's stepson graduated from high school. Lots of stuff going on! Anyway, all of this somehow led to a conversation about the roles we tend to play in our relationships, as well as the unique stresses today's kids deal with in their daily lives that were absent from previous generations. 

This week John & Heidi are talking about takeaways from the new Gillette ad, why group therapy is awesome, and how parents can approach transitioning into an empty nest. 

We didn't see the Game of Thrones finale, but we did see Mayor Pete's brilliant bullying advice to a teenage girl at a recent rally, which sparked a conversation about how the ways in which we frame our adversity can shape us into either a better version of ourselves or a worse one. 

This week we're breaking down Alyssa Milano's controversial sex strike and some of its implications. Also, a book Heidi recently reviewed prompted us to discuss just how all-consuming should parenting be. Plus, Heidi won an award!

In this episode, we touch briefly on the recent school shooting in Colorado before shifting into the much more pleasant topic of the sentimental value of our cars and the meaningful roles they wind up playing in our lives.

In this episode of On Purpose, Heidi recounts her experience attending a stop on Abby Wambach's recent book tour at a church in Naperville that took some surprising turns, and led to an interesting conversation. 

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