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Dad Pod UK: A fatherhood and family life podcast from John Adams, who is best known for producing the blog Dadbloguk.com. In this series of podcasts, I have spoken to dads from a wide variety of backgrounds about their experiences of fatherhood. Each episode is a one-to-one interview with a man with a very different experience of fatherhood. I've spoken to a stepfather, a gay, adoptive dad, a reformed criminal who spent much of his children's early years behind bars, a dad from the BAME comm ...
 
Do you wonder if your kids are going to learn to make good choices or find success in their lives? Do you worry that they will develop great character, with confidence and compassion? We feel those same concerns. Parenting is a blast, but also one of the hardest things you’ll ever do! Kent and Amy Bowler are real parents with real struggles and real solutions. In this podcast we share some of our family adventures (and mis-adventures) to highlight powerful paradigms and simple solutions that ...
 
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There are a million things to be afraid of, but as parents, fear gets amplified a million times over since we are responsible for another human being (or two or three)! What if my child doesn't make any new friends? What if my child fails her class? What if my child doesn't get in to college? What if my child fails to launch? And yet the solution i…
 
Our natural inclination in fulfilling our parenting duty to correct and instruct our children often includes the inclusion of criticism. Whether it be intended or not, verbal or not, our children feel our disapproval and disappointment at a core level. Haim Ginott claims that: Parental criticism is unhelpful... children who are regularly criticized…
 
Managing our kids is oh so much easier when we bring devices into the picture. That has been especially true during this covid-era. The fact of the matter though is that our children will actually be happier when we as a family have boundaries to guide our usage. This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.…
 
Perhaps the most annoying part of parenting is putting up with the persistent complaining that seems to come with children. Is it possible to put that perpetual aggravation behind us? For good? It may seem like a pipe dream, but the reality is there is a lot we can do to reduce the rate of moaning and groaning, the mumbling and murmuring, the disco…
 
At times our families can look and feel a lot like the old nursery rhyme about Humpty Dumpty. Someone has fallen, made a real mess out of things, and it seems like there is no hope for happiness ever again. Even though the little ditty that we can all repeat from memory ends dismally, as Parenting Heroes, we can put our families back together again…
 
Our world isn't getting any easier. Challenges, chaos and confusion are the norm. It feels like we can't make it on our own - and that is largely true. Except for... This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name and email address Gain access to The #1 Parenting Secret Connect with us! FB @…
 
Do you ever get to the point where you literally feel like you can no longer even find the strength to breathe? Parenting is the hardest thing we will ever do in this lifetime—and just when we start to feel like we're on top of it—out of nowhere a storm so severe hits that we are immediately knocked over, quickly disoriented, and lost for what to d…
 
One of our old family traditions consisted primarily of driving days on end across the US to "spend time with family" to then turn around and drive for days on end again, except on the return trip now there's nothing to look forward to so it feels even longer.... Is that kind of sacrifice and headache and cost and time actually worth it? This is wh…
 
We just got to witness firsthand the miracle that hope and belief brought about in the life of our dear friend's newborn son. Find out how it relates to you and your child as well. This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name and email address Gain access to The #1 Parenting Secret Connec…
 
As parents we love to pretend like we're all that. That we've totally got everything under control. Well, the more that we can face the music and admit our imperfections, the better equipped our kids will become to face life! To make the point, we tell a rather embarrassing story. Don't miss this one! This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Her…
 
In this episode (sponsored by Aviva), I speak to Andrew Cunningham. Andrew is a dad of four who works for Aviva. HIs youngest child was born last year and he took six, paid months off work to be with his family following the birth. All Aviva employees in the UK are entitled to six months paid leave following the arrival of a child. Andrew explains …
 
Children can be short-sighted, only seeing the here and now, and as such get easily overwhelmed. The fact of the matter though is that sometimes we as parents have a hard time seeing anything for our children beyond their current struggles. Learn how to see the future so that your children can overcome! This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting H…
 
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dan Rutstein was a full-time working dad of two. His job involved regular international travel and he was away from home a night or two a week. When Coronavirus came to town, he found himself out of a job. His wife, meanwhile, had just landed a role that meant she could support the family. Here's Dan's story and how …
 
We learned some pretty cool lessons recently working with cows! Lessons that will streamline your home and make things better and easier! All while smelling like roses rather than cow poo! This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name and email address Gain access to The #1 Parenting Secre…
 
This is the story of when we narrowly averted a major crisis with an actual lightning strike. And it is the story of how heavenly help is there for the asking to give us answers when we on our own are at a total loss. This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name and email address Gain acc…
 
How many times a week do we hear: "I wish I could..." or, "I wish I could have..." or, "couldn't we do that Mom"? It seems like we get a constant barrage of requests for the unreasonable. Why can't our kids just grow up already! What if we could learn to meet them where they are, validate them, show them that we really do care and that we actually …
 
The pressures of the world would see every last hope and dream for joy and happiness in our families absolutely crushed. If we don't choose to stand up as parents, then the lifeblood will be quickly squeezed out of our families. The good news is regardless of how hard life gets, or how many external restrictions or failed expectations stack up agai…
 
This is the first of two episodes exploring what it's like to be a stay at home dad. On this occasion, I speak to father of four Simon Kettlewell, stay at home dad (SAHD). Simon is also the author of the superb SAHD drama Eternity Leave. Simon has been the main carer of his kids for over 20 years. We talk about what that was like for him, the chall…
 
We care about our kids so much that it is super easy to get distracted from the core of our family - each other! So we decided to share some of the things that we do to keep that heartbeat vivacious and full of life! Even when our kids have so much going on, or are still little, or whatever! This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to h…
 
Our teens are getting brutalized left and right every day. To make it worse, most teens beat themselves up pretty hard for their mistakes and blunders. So what can we give them that will carry the day, even when we're not with them??? This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name and email…
 
As adults, most of the time we feel like we've got everything under control. But that isn't the case for our kids. In fact we need to learn to become aware of when they are losing hope so that we can give them the help needed to soldier on. To make it all clear, we give a story that acts as an allegory for what our children are oftentimes going thr…
 
We have. Sometimes it feels like a daily occurrence. Our natural tendency to always want to be "right" really makes it difficult not to! In this episode we talk about what we've learned to turn that around and really connect with each other in a beautiful, long-lasting kind of way! This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://rev…
 
Matthew Wright is a well-known journalist and broadcaster. He and his wife have Amelia have an amazing daughter called Cassady. Becoming parents, however, involved a long, challenging IVF journey and I felt honoured that Matthew was happy to share it with me. As we chatted, we also discussed Matthew's mental health. Shortly before becoming a dad, M…
 
Sometimes, in the interest of a perceived greater good for our children, we start spouting edicts left and right. And oftentimes, when in that mode, we actually end up pushing our children deeper into the behavior we were trying to save them from with our dictatorial decrees. In this episode we talk about a better way to establishing boundaries in …
 
Puppies are super adorable. And can be a bit frustrating as well. Our recent experiences in puppy sitting opened our eyes about some of the things we do with our children that really aren't reasonable. This is where joy lives! Join us at the 2021 Parenting Heroes Online Summit! Go to https://parentingheroessummit.com Register w/your name and email …
 
Mark Williams has just had a film made about his life and what a life it is. He had his first panic attack as his son was being born. He went on to have a breakdown and was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. These experiences spurred Mark on to become a prolific mental health campaigner. We talk about the many mental health issues affecting dads: The…
 
We oftentimes find ourselves getting on our kids, for the exact same things we do ourselves, or have certainly done in the past. Recognizing that can help us to find more patience and to put ourselves in their shoes and be their friend and advocate rather than their accuser. This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolution…
 
We work so hard to build our ideal life, to create a picture perfect home. The way it should be. The way we've always wanted it to be. And then, it all comes crashing down. Out of nowhere we're thrown a curveball we don't know how to deal with. And all of a sudden life sucks again. Using a fun story of what we've seen in our home the last several m…
 
In this episode we present a story of when we actually did a pretty good job of bypassing what could have easily boiled into caustic conflict. Most of the time we fall prey to natural tendencies and slip all too easily into disappointment and discouragement. Listen to learn what you can do to hold firm to boundaries while really connecting with our…
 
Our kids are children. They are not actually just miniaturized adults. As such, we need to be aware of where our children are and match them there so that they can actually receive and feel the tremendous amount of love that we have for them. This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name a…
 
We become who we are by the stories that we carry. And we connect to each other through storytelling. So what stories are we giving to our children? What stories are we using to shape who are children become? What stories are we utilizing to bring our families closer together each day? This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https:/…
 
Dan White is an incredibly passionate and well-known disability and inclusion campaigner. Dan's teenage daughter, Emily, lives with a few different disabilities and needs constant care. In this episode of DadPodUK, Dan tells me how the family fits Emily's care into the daily routine. He explains how isolated the family is and how little formal supp…
 
We can't help our children when we can't breathe ourselves. This is what we do to stop suffocating so that we can support our children. (Part 2 of 2) This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name and email address Gain access to The #1 Parenting Secret Connect with us! FB @ Revolutionary F…
 
Me and my boy found ourselves near the top of a serious mountain, stuck, and only digging ourselves into a deeper hole as we did all the wrong things. Sometimes, our natural instincts do the same thing to us as parents, digging us into deeper and deeper pits when we thought we were "solving" problems. What key bit information and understanding are …
 
Our propensity as parents to pretend that everything is perfect is probably pretty prejudicial to our poor offspring! This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name and email address Gain access to The #1 Parenting Secret Connect with us! FB @ Revolutionary Families IG @ RevolutionaryFamili…
 
Rarely, if ever, is our communication in our homes crystal clear. And it matters a lot as a large degree of our family felicity is dependent on something other than crappy conversations! This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name and email address Gain access to The #1 Parenting Secret …
 
So much to say about this episode! It's a 'must listen' for anyone with an interest in gender equality. Gary Barker is co-founder of the charity Promundo, which promotes gender equality. He is also co-founder of Men Care, a charity that encourages men to be caregivers. Added to this, Gary is one of the lead authors of the bi-annual State of the Wor…
 
Parenting can be pretty poopy sometimes. Other times it can be rather rewarding. Oftentimes the only difference is what we choose to do with our choices. Meaning that the same exact action, even when repeated a thousand billion times, can be a total catastrophe mentally, or a cumulatively consequential act of beautiful consecration. And you guessed…
 
We got to see one of our all-time favorites performed this last week. We were quickly reminded why we love Les Misérables so much, and found a superb analogy that helps us with our parenting in an equally fantastic way. This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name and email address Gain a…
 
It can be pretty commonplace to miss the signals that our children are sending out that they are fundamentally lacking in a big way; even when they are replacing saline solution (for contacts) with mouthwash! How do we do a better job of recognizing what is going on with our children? And then how do we help them come up for air so they don't feel …
 
Comparison leads to isolation. Isolation amplifies struggle. Being real and open, rather than trying to pretend that we're all that, leads to shared strength to overcome the struggle. This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name and email address Gain access to The #1 Parenting Secret Con…
 
Anarchy bites. Order is beautiful. When we aren't diligently maintaining our family systems, we quickly fall apart. What's worse is that our own brains fight against us when we try to improve the structure of our home. Hear us share from our own current struggles to overcome as we share some encouragement for your crew as well! This is where joy li…
 
"One of the myths is that women are broody and men aren't bothered." So says Dr Robin Hadley, a man who always wanted kids...but has accepted he will never be a father. This is the only podcast interview I have conducted with a man without children. I wanted to explore what it is like being a childless man in a world that pretty much expects you to…
 
There must be a long tradition spread across humankind of sincere self-deprecation. While we may claim that by so doing, we're only harming ourselves, the truth is that as we role model that behavior in front of our children, we are damaging our child's ability to manage their emotions and their life in a healthy way. Tune in to hear what we have f…
 
At least in the movies, Einstein was just as serious about laughing. We feel the same way. Even though we're not seriously funny by nature, we strive to laugh along the way and give some tips on what you can do to bring the best medicine into your home as well. This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.co…
 
The normal course for the human brain when facing a problem is to start with the How. That doesn't work well at all. Smart people, and especially smart parents know that the best approach is to start with the Why. Listen in to learn how you can create a solid foundation for effective parenting and life in your home. This is where joy lives! Become …
 
It is vital that we as families have direction. That we know where we are going. When we don't have a clear vision, it begins to feel like we're just treading water. Forever. In this episode we present some ideas on how to clear away the fog and set a clear focus for the year ahead. This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://re…
 
Whether we like it or not, money plays a crucial role in our lives. Our attitude towards money today will dictate the path our children follow for likely the rest of their lives. Listen in to find ways you can help them find success now and throughout the years to come. This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfa…
 
We've had some extra down time as a family the last while and found ourselves as parents worrying about how our children were using their time. Rather than berating them about their choices, we found instead the best medicine to help strengthen the bonds within our family and to boost the foundation of trust and comradery that we enjoy together as …
 
Covid and politics and turmoil have brought frustration, anger and hatred to new levels of stinkiness. What can we do as parents to help our children learn to deal with all the garbage on their own so that they don't become cranky grouches? This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name and…
 
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