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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May 29, 2020 54 min

Life is returning to normal and James Guttman looks at his first post coronavirus Target run and the toll that cancelled summer school in New York will take on his non-verbal son. Plus, his daughter's first year of middle school being cut short, the clubs James loved that his daughter wouldn't hear of, and more. Then, it's a look at online bullying and torment, the role that Hana Kimura's passing played in the writi...

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May 22, 2020 36 min

With his daughter's birthday around the corner, James Guttman looks at the influx of birthday parades during the coronavirus pandemic - the good, the bad, and the annoying. Plus, the yearly tradition he does each year for her birthday, the woes of being a kid with a summer birthday, and more. Also, JG goes in-depth on his blogs from the week about mental illness, the stigma that surrounds it, the surprising place where he first...

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May 15, 2020 41 min

James Guttman taught his daughter an important life lesson this week...through socks. Now, JG explains how his partnership with DivvyUp custom socks allowed him to keep the memory of his cat, Buddy, alive for his 11 year old. He looks at grief as a whole, why ignoring the pain only pushes it forward, and all the things he's picked up from loss through the years. Plus, the tales of his non-verbal son's incredibly loud wake-u...

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May 8, 2020 45 min

This week, James Guttman tackles celebrity culture and how we don't know the people on television like we think we do. Featuring a Moment of Sanity intro from Nickie Weisensee Egan of the Chasing Cosby Podcast and book, James speaks about how that podcast changed his entire view of the Bill Cosby trial, Cosby as a person, and why #MeToo should transcend gender in its supporters. Plus, James offers a story of a wrestler he inter...

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May 1, 2020 42 min

It's literal now, but it's always been true. James Guttman can't take these kids anywhere. With his daughter, Olivia, joining him for a Moment of Sanity looking at ridiculous restaurant antics, Tik Tok challenges, Jelly Fruits, and the $30 12-pack of apple juice you bite because it sounds like an apple (what?!), it's a view of life as the dad to a daughter who's eleven going on terrifying. Plus, why smiling at s...

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April 24, 2020 41 min

Hi Pod! It's James Guttman looking at raising kids and wearing masks. After speaking about the support he has received following the pet episode, James talks at how his daughter has handled grief like a champ. Then, JG takes a look at his non-verbal son's propensity for eating, how he uses that to increase communication, the perils of handling disobedience as an autism parent, and why certain things have to be done differen...

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April 17, 2020 42 min

Following the loss of his cat, Buddy, after 15 years, James Guttman talks about the importance of pets in our lives, how past grief doesn't soften the blow of losing a long time pet, stories of getting Buddy, how Tipsy (his other cat) immediately protected him, stories of how his pets behaved in ways that he never expected, and more. Plus, talk of raising a daughter, why "losing your baby" isn't really a loss, the w...

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James Guttman is wearing his leather Dexter gloves and a homemade facemask for another week behind locked Covid-19 doors. James looks at how the extended social distance has affected us all including his kids. Plus, his thoughts on Autism Appreciation for his son Lucas, how autism (and far more) make him a wonderful person, stories of the first time they bonded in Lucas's world, and more. Finally, it's a Moment of Sanity in...

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Don’t hate, appreciate. James Guttman is here with a packed edition of Hi Pod looking at Autism Awareness Month, why he says “person with autism” rather than “autistic”, the importance of not building walls around loved ones with autism, what “autism awareness” was like in the 1980s, the Twilight Zone episode that proves autism isn’t new, what Jake The Snake vs. Rick Rude taught him about defending his family’s honor, and more. Plu...

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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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