Dad University Podcast

Dad University Podcast

Getting married and having kids is quite different than being a single dude. Not only does your available free time change, but your stress level increases, the pressure escalates, and we often don't have an outlet for help. The average woman has a circle of friends, family, or online communities where she shares aspects of her life and gets advice, feedback, or at a minimum, the feeling that there are other people going through the same thing. Men don't talk as much, don't want to share as much, and therefore don't really experience the transition the way women do. Our personal struggles and frustrations often go untouched, simply learning how to cope with them ourselves. We think we need to "man up" and deal with it on our own. Whether it is parenting issues, dealing with our relationships, or anything in-between, Dad University is a place where men can know that other guys are going through the same thing. We can help each other and be better fathers and husbands. The Podcast helps dads through the journey of fatherhood as well as provides advice and assistance in relationships.... Show More

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We had our son first and then our daughter about 2 years after.  And it was different.  I couldn't exactly explain it, but the connection a dad has with his daughter is just different than he has with his a son. What I'm about to share with you is what I feel is important.  This is how to be a dad to a daughter First, Focus on her internal value - When you praise or complement your daughter, try to make it about what is inside.  ... Read more

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When I think back on my childhood, some of the great memories are the family vacations we took. We went to the mountains, to the beach, on cruises.  My parents loved to travel so they would allow us to tag along every once in a while.  Do you remember going on family vacations when you were younger? Maybe we took more pictures during vacations so that is why I remember them.  I understand not everyone has the financial means to do... Read more

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We have spoken that gratitude helps with depression.  It's hard to be depressed and sad if you are really grateful.  Teaching our kids gratitude is valuable for that reason but it also is good manner Raising Grateful Children Project at THE UNIVERSITY of NORTH CAROLINA at CHAPEL HILL http://hussong.web.unc.edu/drrl/rgc/ What we NOTICE in our lives for which we can be grateful How we THINK about why we have been given those things... Read more

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1) Allow them to be bored - stop entertaining them. This forces them to be creative. 2) Limit use of electronics - while some games are creative, watching television doesn't help their creativity 3) Don't solve their problems - ask them questions instead? How can you solve this? Force them to come up with solutions 4) Create an area of the house for play - if you can....whether garage or playroom...allow them a space in which th... Read more

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Nearly all kids experience some form of separation anxiety from 1-3 years old. This is when they get really upset when they see mom or dad leave. Not just upset but really upset. Alan, do you remember having any anxieties as a child? You said you were shy? Do you know why that is? But for some kids, it doesn't stop there. They begin to have additional anxieties. This can be from specific objects, bring around people, animals, sou... Read more

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I want to talk about college. When I was growing up, going to college was a given. It really wasn't an option. Both of my parents went to college and it was just what you did. While I didn't realize it at the time, college was something my parents were set on investing in. And sending 3 kids to school was an insane investment and risk. Were they going to get a return on investment? Fortunately they had the means to be able to send... Read more

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People often think being kind is altruistic...it's not.  It makes us feel good. Health Benefits Makes you feel good - Releases serotonin in the brain which improves our mood.  Being nice to someone makes us happy. Reduce depression and can calm you down. Spending money on someone else can make you more happy than spending it on yourself Reduces Stress - Get's you to focus on other things rather than worrying about yourself. Pr... Read more

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Remove distractions - sounds, screens, etc.  This can also mean providing them a designated area. Move the body - Run them around - get energy out - moving stimulates the brain.  Running club in the mornings.  My children's school has rocking chairs for some kids Make a list of tasks - Write everything down. Keep tasks small - Tackle one thing at a time.  If you are teaching them to clean their room, start with just cleaning the... Read more

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In todays podcast we go over the hardest things about parenting. Keeping calm - You may have a stressful day or be in a bad mood and it's difficult to shut that and be happy and present for your kids.  Seems kids often get the brunt of the stress and anxiety we feel (at least for me) Balancing work/life - Spending time with kids yet working and/or doing other things that bring you value Knowing how to handle new situations - You... Read more

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1) Apologizing to them when you do something/say something wrong Let's say you get in an argument with your child.  You yell at them and tell them to go to their room.  It's really important to apologize for your own behavior and let them know that you could have handled it better.  Next time you shouldn't yell and should be more calm when discussing something with them. 2) Making up with your wife (argue and then make up)  -You ... Read more

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I was listening to a Tony Robbins lecture.  He says the #1 way to change your life is to raise your standards. Raise our standards and it will change your life long term.  Only thing that creates lasting change. There are bunch of things in life that we want.  But we don't get what we want, we get what we have to have. We get what we tolerate.  Difference in people is their standards. Should lose weight, should spend time with ... Read more

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I'm often asked "what's your best advice for new parents".  The truth is that there are so many new things happening as a brand new parent, it's hard to digest it all. Sure as a dad, the important parenting advice that you find valuable might be a little different than a mom's. But overall I think these 5 tips will be helpful advice for all new parents.  Let's do it. Before we get started I wanted to honestly thank all of you. Yo... Read more

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We all want our kids to be have confidence.  It's an attractive quality that adults find valuable.  It's not something we are necessarily born with.  So how can we build confidence in our child? It's easier than you think.  But you might not realize that some of the things you are doing are inhibiting your child from becoming confident.  In this episode we look at 6 ways that you can help your child build confidence.  Confidence ... Read more

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Have you ever hear any of these or said any of these to anyone? You big wussy suck it up cry baby You wonder why men have difficulty with emotions. Maybe you cried and were made fun of because of it.  or maybe you were scared and had to suppress those feelings in order to feel accepted. In this episode, we are going to understand a little more about why men don't show emotion and then talk about why showing emotion is actuall... Read more

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You know why kids throw temper tantrums?  Because they work.  We hear the crying, whining, and acting up and we just want it to stop. So we buy them the toy, give them the lollipop, or let them do what they wanted to do before they threw the tantrum. Listen, we have all made these mistakes, but no more.  We are going to learn how to STOP (ok maybe just reduce) temper tantrums.  Let's do it! Temper tantrums are really common with... Read more

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Being a new father is awesome, but along with the awesome, comes some stress and worrying. Granted, I was a little more uptight than most dads, but if If I look back on my own experience when i was a new father, there are definitely some things that I wish I wasn't as concerned with. So in this episode, I'm going to share with you 6 things that new fathers should't worry about. You have enough things to worry about as a new fath... Read more

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As a parent you don't like to see your child fail.  Whether that's falling down when they first start to walk,  doing horrible on a test in school, or even getting fired from a job. We don't want them to go through pain and suffering that can come with failing.  We want our children to be happy and successful.  Unfortunately they way we often approach failure can keep them from being happy and successful. In this episode, we are l... Read more

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Joe and his wife Jeni recently co-founded the company SpiresMan, which offers courses to “Teach good men the art of good sex.”  Joe is a retired electrical engineer with 25 years of experience, he has an executive MBA From UCSD and holds five US patents.  Joe and Jeni have spent the last seven years exploring sexuality, spirituality, and consciousness.  He has taught classes and coached men around sexuality for the last three years... Read more

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You room is always a mess You never listen to me You are so picky with your food.  You take so long to get ready  If you are human, you might recognize some of these.  They are common complaints that parents have.  We get frustrated with our children's behavior, so we complain thinking they are going to change. How's that working for you? As a recovering complainer, I'm going to help you stop complaining so you can actually g... Read more

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When you find out your going to become a father, one of the 5 thousand questions that will probably go through your head is "am I going to change?" I know I was concerned with how my life was going to be effected. Little did I know that the positive changes would greatly outweighed any negatives that I was worried about. So in this episode, I'm sharing with you how becoming a father changed me When you are going to be become a ... Read more

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