Posted August 22, 2011 by jimhigley
I recently took a Bobblehead Break with Jason Seiden, author and founder of Ajax Social Media. Jason’s got things firing on all cylinders. If I had to come up with Bobblehead Dad’s “most admired” list – he’d be on it. One of the things I admire most is how Jason and his wife, Vanessa, are raising their two daughters, Elle and Jaz. Good stuff. Inspiring stuff. And “makes sense” stuff. You can find out more about Jason on his website. And be sure to listen to my radio interview, Bobblehead Dad on WebTalk Radio, for more of Jason. The show with Jason is titled “Nurturing Your Children’s Gifts.”
1. Where’d you grow up? Highland Park, Illinois
2. Any siblings? I’m the oldest of 3. I have two sisters. We’re each about 3 years apart.
3. Where do you live today? Highland Park, Illinois, 3 stop signs from the house I grew up in. My parents are still there.
4. I’ll never forget: The first day of kindergarten. My best friend from camp was there! Since we had been on different camp buses, I had figured that we lived far away. As it turns out, we lived exactly one block apart. That was a magic day and 33 years later, we’re still close.
5. Most embarrassing Halloween costume as a kid? I was an army soldier in 2nd grade…but no one knew that because I came down with chicken pox that day. (Awww…). Don’t feel too bad: at about 8pm, my friends’ dads started dropping by with all their extra candy. My score that year covered our entire kitchen table four snickers (fun-sized!) deep.
6. When I was a kid: I was bright, funny, and good-looking. Seriously, I peaked at eleven. It’s been a long, slow descent ever since.
7. Ever break a bone? Every finger, both wrists, both ankles, most of my toes, plus a rib or two and a few of the small bones in my hands.
8. My dad was: wonderful at being able to relate to me and my friends. He was able to build a great relationship with me without ever being intrusive. I didn’t realize until later how much safety and stability that relationship afforded me.
9. My mom was: far more brilliant and capable than she ever gave herself credit for. She saw right through eveyone’s BS, yet still gave me the space to make my own decisions ( and mistakes). That must’ve taken quite a bit of courage!
10. I wish I was more like my dad in the way he: always seemed to have the knowledge and relationships to be able to deal with any situation.
11. First thought when you held your oldest: Her soul is older and stronger than mine. I’m honored she chose to be born to me.
12. When I first found out I was going to be a dad:
I had this conversation with my dad:
Him: “Jase, why are you holding your head?”
Him: “Did you hit something?”
Me: “Yeah. Adulthood.”
13. The back seat of my car: Is a music exploration zone. This is where my kids learn to love The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Paradise City, and other classics.
14. My kids don’t: get in trouble for laughing. Ever.
15. Pick-up or convertible? Convertible.
16. I knew I was an adult when: The onset of adulthood has been, for me, a series of small moments. Like when my wife and I flew with our infant daughter to my best friend’s wedding in Florida. I got off the plane and went straight to a bachelor party while still covered in baby barf from an incident on the plane.
17. When things go bad: I do something nice for my wife. I find that I can’t be in a bad place and also do something nice for someone else at the same time.
18. Laughing is: to be heard every single day, even if you have to provide it yourself.
19. My favorite photo is: right behind my desk. I see it every day. It’s of me and my middle sister with my dad when I was about seven.
20. Most awesome “Dad” moment in the last 24 hours: Walking in the door from work and getting bombarded by two girls with all sorts of news they wanted to share.
21. Favorite movie to watch with kids: Princess Bride. Nightmare Before Christmas. Despicable Me. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
22. Any good imitations or voices: Who doesn’t have a Christopher Walken imitation?
23. When I’m away from my kids: I picture them smiling and laughing.
24. I hope my kids never forget: That I love them no matter what.
25. When I see my kids asleep: I’ll sometimes sit there for a moment and listen to them breathing.
Hop over to, Bobblehead Dad on WebTalk Radio and search for Jason’s interview titled “Nurturing Your Children’s’ Gifts.”