The Career Dad Show

The Career Dad Show

Hi, I'm Dan Reed, and welcome to The Career Dad Show: the podcast for www.careerdad.co.uk. This show is all about supporting modern-day dads. Dads who are working hard for a successful, rewarding career... but not at the expense of their family. Dads who want to win in the boardroom, but also take the kids to school. Dads who don't want to - nor believe they should have to - make a binary choice between getting promoted, or being a parent. Work. Family. Balance. Throughout these episodes I talk one-on-one with (mostly) dads about topics close to their hearts. In Episode 1 I talk to Ashley mostly about paternity leave, in particular his wife's (and work's) reaction when he went to an event whilst on paternity leave! In future episodes the topics range from David, who completely changed careers to find his balance, to James, who as a pilot for Emirates literally lives the high-life, but often finds himself far away from home. Alone. You'll also meet Andrew, who talks to me about the death of his baby daughter Alexandra when she was just 30 hours old. I'm not going to lie, that was a tough episode to record and I'm sure a tough episode to listen to... although I wasn't expecting to laugh as much as I did (or at all, really). Also, it's just one more way Andrew - and his wife Claire - continue to keep Alexandra's memory alive. So that's it, in a nutshell. I hope you enjoy the show, and please do rate and comment (it really does help!)... Show More

Episodes

February 24, 2020 36 min

Hey podcast, in this episode I’m joined by Owen Jones, who’s opening gambit was ‘I’m an ex-alcoholic, and I can help people’. Owen talks about his relationship with alcohol alongside his high-powered career and loving family, the coping mechanisms, and, ultimately, overcoming his addiction. Alongside his day job Owen’s become a personal trainer, and also recently started a website ‘ Read more

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Hey podcast, today I’m joined by Paul Hughes. Paul’s an ex-banker-turned
-teacher-turned business creator. He and his wife started Parent Guide To GCSE.com, which aims to help parents - and their kids - through GCSEs. In this episode Paul talks about leaving banking to become a stay at home dad, the perils of teaching, co-parenting through a divorce, and, advi... Read more

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February 10, 2020 37 min

Hey Podcast, in this episode I sit down with Rob Taylor who’s started a number of businesses, including 0114 Marketing, Plan Grow Do, and - Dads in Business. We talk about starting a business from redundancy, how having 3 boys is off-the-charts, and how Rob found himself hosting a global dad’s event at Amazon. I also ask Rob the million dollar question: Are dads our own worst enemy? I hope you enjoy.

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February 3, 2020 36 min

Hey Podcast, in this episode I catch up with Leigh Spatcher, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist - or CBT - based in Northampton. Leigh shares his route to becoming a therapist, including bankruptcy and a relationship breakdown, as well as navigating being a therapist whilst also being a dad.

Oh, Leigh was also my therapist, which makes for an interesting chat. Hope you enjoy

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  • January 27, 2020 38 min

    Meet Sam Avert - AKA The Learner Parent. Sam's an award-winning comedian, best-selling author, podcast host and - of course - Facebook Sensation, who is about to start his second UK Tour: Toddlergeddon.

    Sam and I talk about finding humour in failure, how at 17 he found himself touring with Motorhead, his new UK comedy tour Toddlergeddon, and why Sam is passionate about passing on happiness to others. Enjoy.

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    January 20, 2020 33 min

    Shared Parental Leave - where the mum is able to give up some of her maternity leave to her partner - became a legal right in 2015. In theory, this made it much easier for dads to take additional leave from work and spend time with their child.

    5 years on, and the take-up rate is pretty low. Like, 2% low. So if dads want to spend more time with their kids (hint: they do), and the law has changed to allow this (it has)... Read more

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    January 12, 2020 30 min

    Hey Podcast! In this season wrap-up episode I thank everyone who’s supported the podcast, with a special shout out to my Patreon supporters. The fact people pay monthly just to show their appreciation for this podcast is amazing. You guys are awesome.

    I also give a sneak peak into Season Two, talk about the #2020FlipChallenge, and also use my own experiences to cover the most common theme throughout the season: guilt. I ho... Read more

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    In the final episode of Season 1, Ian Moyse joins me to talk about the impact social media and technology is having on kids. What happens when the children grow up and may not want their image online? Could we see kids suing parents for data breech?

    This is a really interesting episode, not least because Ian and I have different views on this. We also talk about whether the art of conversations between two humans is d... Read more

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    The life of a contractor can sound really appealing. After all, some of those day rates are insane. But what about time off for family? Or holidays? Or sick leave? How do you find balance when you're paid a day rate... and those days may not be 9-5.

    In "Contracting and 2 kids under 2", I speak with Ade who opens up what it's really like being a contractor, as well as having 2 boys under 2 years old. He... Read more

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    December 25, 2019 60 min

    Ho Ho Ho... Merry Christmas! 'Tis the season of giving, and giving we shall: Ashley (from Episode 1) and Rowan (from Episode 6) join me for an un-edited hour of Dad Chat. Rowan is incredibly sceptical that anyone is going to listen to this over Christmas, so please help prove him wrong and give it a listen. It's great background noise for preparing a roast to. Caveat: there are some expletives... not one for the kids! Read more

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    December 22, 2019 39 min

    We've made it to episode 10! And who better to celebrate with than Michael.

    When his daughter, Charlie, was 2 years old, Michael was waiting at the drop off point to meet Charlie's mum. She never turned up. For the last 6 years, Michael has been bringing up his daughter on his own. Oh, and did I mention Michael was 51 when this happened, and is an ex-bouncer, body builder and personal trainer?

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    Rich Jepson is a full time digital performance manager at On the Beach. He's also a published author. And a full time dad. In this episode, we talk about what it's like managing your side hustle alongside a 9-5, and making the decision to quit "the day job" to pursue dreams.

    Rich also talks about his 18 month old son, Casey, who was 4 weeks premature and how he dealt with the uncertainty. This is a gre... Read more

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    December 8, 2019 39 min

    In this episode

  • Alexa! What is voice search and voice marketing?
  • Are our phones listening to us?
  • Is tech an aid to loneliness?
  • The power of audio, and the ability to own focus
  • The future of the workspace
  • Managing balance
  • About this episode
    James Poulter, CEO of Vixen Labs, joins me to talk about the future of voice marketing and how technology will impact the future for ... Read more

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    We've all been there: staring down the barrel of another sleepless night whilst the kid(s) cry / scream / projectile vomit. 

    This week's guest, Nicole Ratcliffe, not only experienced sleep deprivation with her own child - she then went on to start her own business (Baby2Sleep) helping parents figure out that elusive task: getting their child to sleep.

    In this episode we take questions from fans look... Read more

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    Key Topics

  • Flexible working
  • Technology and children
  • The evolution of the workplace
  • What the best employees are looking for
  • What companies need to do to retain top talent

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    Rowan is a recruitment consultant. He spends his entire day speaking with candidates and companies alike, matching people with jobs. It's traditionally not a 9-5 job: think about ... Read more

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    Jon has a fantastic job. He works with kids, bringing them from all over the world to learn about US politics and democracy. The emphasis is to give the next generation the tools to have debate, articulate opinions, and create more engaged citizens.

    As you'd expect, the majority of Jon's time is spent in Washington DC. But Jon lives in Toronto. Even it your geography isn't great... that's a commute. Read more

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    4 years ago, Andrew's wife Claire was overdue in her pregnancy and felt something wasn't right. There wasn't as much movement. A hospital visit turned into an emergency C-Section, and their daughter Alexandra was born. But she was very sick. The doctors needed Alexandra to rally through the night, but unfortunately she didn't. With just 40 hours of life, Alexandra passed away.

    Andrew's paternity le... Read more

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    November 3, 2019 36 min

    Meet James: a senior pilot with Emirates, who moved from the UK to Dubai with his wife and son 3 years ago. Since moving he's had another son, and spends his time flying all over the world in what he calls "his hobby". When he's not flying he's either at home with the family, or enjoying down time in the fantastic cities he finds himself in.

    Sounds great, right? Yes... and no. Don't get me wron... Read more

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    This week I speak with David Chater, who swapped his Sheffield to London commute for 1 day a week travel and 4 days from home. Working through Economic Change as a Salesforce Super Dad, David has breakfast with his son, blasts through the day's activities during school hours, then gets to pick up as a family right where he left off.

    In this episode, David explains what led him to this change, how he went about imp... Read more

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    Welcome back to The Career Dad Show. This week I speak with Ashley Pierre, who shares his experience of what paternity leave can really be like... particularly when you turn up for a work event whilst on paternity leave!

    We also talk about entitled kids, career progression for mums and dads, and how society is still geared to mothers taking the lion(esse)'s share of raising kids... and what impact that can have on... Read more

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