Hi Pod! I'm Dad.

Hi Pod! I'm Dad.

James Guttman, the dad behind "Hi Blog! I'm Dad", on raising a non-verbal child with Autism and a non-stop verbal child without Autism. A positive look at parenting and life aiming to normalize how people see families that include children with special needs.... Show More

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March 27, 2020 33 min

We’re living in the part of the story they skip in the zombie movies. Rick Grimes slept through it. These times “when everything changed” is retold later in the post-apocalyptic world by warriors wearing bones as hats. Anyway, how are you? Good? Good. James Guttman looks at our new normal, roller coaster moods over a quarantined life, his memories as a New Yorker on September 11th, and more Twilight Zone references than he really s...

















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March 20, 2020 36 min

So...what's new this week? Oh yeah. Armageddon. James Guttman is locked in his house as Coronamania sweeps the world. It's a look at how to talk to your kids about pressing times, homeschoolin' with sock puppets, stealing cookies, and more. Plus a Moment of Sanity that praises the teachers, teaching aids, and all educators of the world while also going over the time the aggressively pleasant Dad on the microphone almost...



















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With his non-verbal son's birthday around the corner, James Guttman looks at how the annual celebration has changed (for the better) through the years. Plus, the importance of both his children supporting each other, thoughts on meeting your child's friends when your child can't tell you who they are, a random act of kindness from a stranger on a plane, writing for Autism Speaks, thoughts for those who forget that autis...



























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March 6, 2020 42 min

In, what has been a whirlwind week James Guttman discusses his debut blog post for Autism Speaks. JG talks about how this piece of the puzzle fits perfectly in his life and the pride he has bringing stories of his children to AutismSpeaks.org just as he has for HiBlogImDad.com. Plus, a look back at showing his daughter the importance of being a friend, how his own grief made the lesson so important, focusing on milestones your chil...


















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February 28, 2020 45 min

It's been a big week for James Guttman and, as he prepares for some exciting news, he looks back on the posts that dealt with raising kids in a world where it's sometimes hard to face another day, defining what he meant by calling out the people who judge those with autism in a harsh way online, what those people don't understand, and more. Then, after a Moment of Sanity intro from Maureen of the Autism at the Parks, JG...




















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Haters gonna hate. That doesn't make it any less infuriating. James Guttman talks about how that one tormenter can drown out the positives, but why you shouldn't beat yourself up for letting that happen. Plus, the plight of teaching his son not to steal your food, not being a parenting cliche to his children, and more. Then, in a Moment of Sanity, he's joined by his daughter Olivia to talk about middle school issues ran...
















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February 13, 2020 39 min

Let’s head back to the 1990s with James Guttman, The Simpsons, Girl Scout Cookies, and Playstation One. Including the stories from his fraternity that he’s legally allowed to share, Boys 2 Men, plus brothers he’s lost and memories he’s ready to remember again. So, come on. Let’s go back to Hofstra. It’ll be funny. People will be like, “wha-a-a?”

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February 6, 2020 38 min

It's the three year anniversary of Hi Blog! I'm Dad and James Guttman looks back on the main reason why he began writing about his family to begin with. Plus, a look at trips to Walt Disney World, the accommodations they offer to guests with special needs, the Michael Jackson Snow White, and the time Grandpa beat up Alice in Wonderland. Plus, a reminder that our kids aren't as cute to the outside world as they are to us...











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January 30, 2020 41 min

Autism Acceptance? Great. Autism Appreciation? Even better. Autism Awareness? Well...not so much. James Guttman looks at why this hashtag, often looked down upon in some circles, can be important for those who aren't exposed to Autism on a daily basis with real-life examples of terrible plane rides that weren't so terrible because of it. Plus, some stories about the ways in which his non-verbal son's Autism has affected...









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It's a question often wondered but rarely asked. How does a parent communicate with their non-verbal child? James Guttman reveals that it's not just one, but five different approaches that makes something that once seemed impossible more than possible. He details the different methods that he and his son with Autism use to interact including the way his family implemented each one, the order they happened, and a side rant a...









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January 17, 2020 47 min

Sending a non-verbal child onto the school bus can be more difficult for the parent than the kid. That was the case for James Guttman as JG looks at the challenges that came with that first bus ride, the peace of mind conversation he couldn't have beforehand with "the baby of the family", crazy stories of crazy bus aides, and much more. Plus a Moment of Insanity intro from the coolest wrestler in WCW history and a look ...











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January 9, 2020 40 min

A child on the autism spectrum might learn in unique ways at times. James Guttman looks at one way that he and his daughter used an unconventional technique to teach his non-verbal son an important lesson. Plus, the cartoonish Gamestop visit that made it important, why keeping a list of milestones is even more important, and other reasons Godzilla was unleashed. Plus, a look at James's return to The Mighty (https://themighty.co...














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January 3, 2020 39 min

Twas the month after Christmas and James Guttman was thrilled. JG returns for season two with a look back on the disaster that was the holiday season, how the festive spirit can kick the tinsel out of the best of us, the red flag story of his crazy eyed boss and his buggy permanent tree, and more. Plus, a lesson about making memories...and the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919.

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December 12, 2019 56 min

It's the Hi Pod! Holiday Special that any fan of toys, wrestling, and special guests needs to hear. James Guttman is joined by his daughter, Olivia, for the first time to give you a guide on how to talk to kids about the popular gifts of the season. You'll never have to hear "OK Boomer" again!

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December 6, 2019 42 min

Thinking about going to therapy? James Guttman wasn't, but he's glad he did. James talks about all the reasons he didn't want to and provides answers to all the questions he had that kept him away for his entire life. Plus, why he speaks openly about a subject he was raised to keep private. Plus, a Moment of Sanity that went from being the least favorite thing he did to something he barely notices.

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Parenting stories are fun to share, but there's a delicate balance when it comes to maintaining the privacy of your child. James Guttman looks at how he strives to do that with both his non-verbal son and his overly-verbal daughter. Plus, a Moment of Sanity that shows how keeping memories alive is rewarded in the long run.

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November 22, 2019 48 min

If an adult can wear a pony costume to a comic convention, an eight year old with Autism can watch Sesame Street. James Guttman talks about his non-verbal son's unique views on entertainment including Sesame Street Live, the thrift store salesperson from the Twilight Zone, a speech teacher that steered him in the wrong direction, and more. Plus, a Moment of Sanity that embodies the phrase "Reading Is Fundamental."

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In the latest edition of Hi Pod! I’m Dad, James Guttman explains the desire to have his son with Autism included in all the places he deserves to be, but for the right reasons. Plus, the Facebook post that led to the creation of Hi Blog, the unexpected source that made him see his child had more than just “delays”, the story of how a joyous preschool graduation became a heart-breaking nightmare, and emerging from the other side of ...

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November 7, 2019 38 min

Saying "I'm not their friend, I'm their father" depends on how you define friend. James Guttman explains his definition and looks at teaching them not just right from wrong but why. Plus, the deal he made with his daughter, a lesson in karma, shock over his own age, the guy who never apologized, and many more parenting moments that seem to fly in the face of conventional wisdom. Plus, this week's Moment of Sanit...

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November 1, 2019 41 min

You can be aware of it. You can accept it. Autism Appreciation, however, is an entirely different thing. James Guttman explains how his non-verbal son taught him exactly what that means. From the early days of uncertainty to the realization that Autism isn't the boogeyman it was portrayed to be, it's a frank explanation of why he wouldn't wave a magic wand to change his son into anything other than the eight year old bo...









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