Welcome to Girl Dad Nation. I'm Matthew Krekeler, proud father of three amazing young girls, and I started this podcast to learn from other dads with daughters and hopefully share some helpful tips that I have learned as well. I'll be interviewing awesome dads from a variety of backgrounds and for quick tips on specific topics, check out the pods labeled "DAD HACKS." If you have a question, comment, or dad hack of your own, send me an email at: GirlDadNationPodcast@gmail.com And if you like this podcast, please leave a 5-Star review and share it with a friend. Thank you for being on this amazing journey with me. There is no greater joy than being a dad!
In this episode I welcome J Hall. J is a father of four (2 daughters, 2 sons), a podcaster, and an author. He recently released a book titled “God Help Me! I'm a Young Dad: 10 Essentials for Becoming the Dad Your Kids Need.” We dive into the inspiration for his book and what he’s learned from raising girls.
Book, Podcast, and more about J
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In this episode I welcome Kevin McCarty of The McCarty Family. You may have seen them on YouTube or social media with their comedy videos starring the whole family. It was a great conversation about inspiring creativity and prioritizing what matters.
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In this episode I welcome Brian Young. Brian has 4 daughters and he’s the author of the book “Thriving Girl Dad: A Dude’s Guide to Raising Daughters.” A major theme of his is not just to survive, but how we can thrive as men, husbands, and fathers. It was a great conversation. Stick around after the interview for my takeaways.
Thank you to Brian for sharing his journey and for bein...
I welcome Carter from The Touched Out Podcast. Carter has three kids and he says his parenting style has evolved over the past year after he was diagnosed with ADHD and autism, alongside his 2-year-old son. His podcast focuses on men’s mental health and parenting, and it's about to launch into Season 2.
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Thank you to Carter for sharing his journe...
In this bonus episode I welcome back Eleanor Leddick to talk about her podcast, Talkin' Puppies.
Talkin' Puppies Podcast
Thank you to Eleanor for sharing your puppy (and all animals) expertise and being part of Girl Dad Nation.
This is a special episode! I welcome Justin Leddick and his daughter Eleanor. Justin is not only a friend, but he is also my boss. We’ve worked together for the past 8 years at the Augustine Institute creating video content. He was the first video creator hire for the institute and now serves as Executive Director for the Studios.
He is joined by his teenage daughter, Eleanor, who also is a creative and co-host for her podcast calle...
In this episode I welcome Eric Taylor. He is a dad to two young daughters and known as “@girldad_e ” on Instagram. We talk about the importance of being present, admitting mistakes, and holding men to higher standards. That includes us especially as fathers and role models to our kids. No dusty sons allowed! Our daughters deserve better!
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I’m strong. I’m...
In this episode I welcome Allan Shedlin. Allan is a father of and daddy to three daughters and five grandchildren. He has devoted his life’s work to education and the importance of good fatherhood, what he calls “Daddying.” He holds many titles and degrees, but he is most proud of his title D.A.D.. In this episode we talk about his goals for the Daddying Film Festival and Forum. Plus, I share my inspiration for the short film, ‘Lov...
In this bonus episode, Jerome Kluck of the Everyday Parents Podcast shares his Survival Guide for Being a Stay-at-home Dad. He did not prepare this beforehand. It was not scripted. I put him on the spot and he sure delivered! Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
Thank you to Jerome for sharing his top tips as a stay-at-home dad, and being part of Girl Dad Nation.
In this episode I welcome Jerome Kluck. Jerome and his wife Caitlin have a daughter named Charlie, and they host a podcast called Everyday Parents, featuring the day-to-day stories from many different parents. My wife, Becca, and I were guests on that podcast (link in the description) and now it’s an honor to welcome Jerome as a guest on Girl Dad Nation.
Thank you to Jerome for sharing his...
In this bonus episode, I ask Greg Bishop and Chuck Ault from Boot Camp for New Dads to share their top moves for new dads. Basically, these are their recommended best actions that any new father should take from years of experience!
Thank you to Greg and Chuck for sharing their top tips and being part of Girl Dad Nation.
I think all of the advice shared is...
In this episode I welcome Greg Bishop and Chuck Ault from Boot Camp for New Dads. Greg is the founder of Boot Camp for New Dads, and Chuck jumped on board early on and has helped it grow. I was fortunate enough to attend Boot Camp before my first daughter was born and I highly recommend it for any new dad! Really enjoyed this conversation around fatherhood!
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In this bonus episode, we're talking painting piggies! That right, we're heading to the nail salon! Jon Ekstrom of the 'Jon of All Trades' podcast returns to convince me why every Girl Dad must try getting a pedicure with their daughters.
Thank you to Jon Ekstrom for sharing his philosophy of pedicures and being part of Girl Dad Nation.
In this episode I welcome Jon Ekstrom, dad to Grace and Sloane who are 8 and 6. Jon is a communications professional in the Denver area. His flagship podcast is titled 'Jon of All Trades' which has over 340 episodes. We talk about life as Girl Dads and inspiring our daughters to be whatever they dream to be; embracing the underdog story.
In this bonus episode, relatable tiktok dad, Brenden Guy (with the handle @brendenandellie), shares his top 3 must have baby items.
Hair Ties, Hair Bands, and Hair Clips - Everywhere
Thank you to Brenden Guy for sharing his top 3 must have baby items and being part of Girl Dad Nation.
Hope this was helpful to the new dads. And for those ve...
In this episode I welcome Brenden Guy. Brenden is a digital creator and TikToker (Do people say that?), with two young daughters. We recorded this interview back in August 2022. He is know for creating funny and relatable videos about parenting, and also sharing his culture shocks from being a Brit living in the United States. It was really fun to chat with him about lessons learned in parenting and in life.
In this Dad Hacks episode I share the secret to why I pack two stickers in my daughter’s lunchbox.
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In this episode I welcome Taylor Kemp. Taylor played professional soccer with DC United for 6 years. I have the privilege of calling him a friend, and working with him at the Augustine Institute where he is now the Director of Formed. Taylor opens up about his family, faith, experiencing miscarriages, and the dignity in a name. And I share a personal story behind the name of my first daughter.
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