13 episodes

Hamish Blake chats with other dads he really admires (and whose phone number he had relatively easy access to) about their approach to dadding, and in the process hopefully learn a little, steal some of their hard earned wisdom and help us all dad a tiny bit better.

How Other Dads Dad with Hamish Blake Hamish Blake & Tim Bartley

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 661 Ratings

Hamish Blake chats with other dads he really admires (and whose phone number he had relatively easy access to) about their approach to dadding, and in the process hopefully learn a little, steal some of their hard earned wisdom and help us all dad a tiny bit better.

    Wild Rule Breaking Season Finale with Dr Billy Garvey

    Wild Rule Breaking Season Finale with Dr Billy Garvey

    In a double rule breaking season finale, Hamish goes over his 1 hour & 3 minute episode time limit AND talks to an expert! Our special guest is Dr Billy Garvey, a Behavioural Paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne) and leading expert on childhood development. (And he’s also a dad).

    As a wonderful surprise to us, it turns out Dr. Billy has listened to some of the podcast (which made Hamish blush) and upon Hames getting in touch with Billy, he told us something really interesting… that heaps of stuff our guest dads were stumbling across or bringing up anecdotally, actually had some scientific evidence behind it.

    So we thought it might be really great to revisit some excerpts from previous episodes where our dads have dropped nuggets of gold and get Billy to explain the literal neuroscience behind it, describe why it’s great for our kids and help us all understand how small actions from us as parents can have outsized effects on our kids, now and for the rest of their lives. That’s worth going over an hour for, surely?!

    Billy talks plainly and passionately about this subject and really, really knows his stuff.  Although, as the father of an 18 month old, he is also the first to admit that he’s still learning some tough practical lessons everyday.  We are so thankful to Billy for taking the time to listen to previous shows and sit down with Hame, and we think you’ll all agree what he chats about is both inspiring and practically very useful.

    Billy has his very own podcast called Pop Culture Parenting which you can find HERE.  Check it out, it’s great!

    And that’s the season. Thanks for listening! The messages you have sent in have been inspiring, informative, heartbreaking and some are just plain hilarious.  But the universal element is that everyone is trying to do better, by their own kids, by their parents, by their grandkids.  And it seems, thanks to our guests, this show has perhaps inspired some small actions that might lead to this.  So thanks for being part of the How Other Dads Dad community.  We really appreciate it and will do our best to get another season out later this year sometime.

    Big thanks also to Tom, Tey & Darce. And to all the Mums!

    You can write to us at howotherdadsdad.com

    Xx Hame and Tim.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    How Mark Donaldson Dads

    How Mark Donaldson Dads

    Decorated soldier, Mark Donaldson VC kindly joins Hame on the HODD couch to share tales from his dadding journey so far.

    Mark shares his experience of trying to be available to his kids and playing and existing in their world, even if he’d just returned from a deployment.  The guys discuss the idea that all kids have “their version of trying” and the challenges of not projecting our own standards onto them (that we have probably only come to appreciate and understand in adulthood!). They finish off by discussing the power of adventure in creating memories and the benefit of getting kids into nature to build resilience and problem solving skills.

    Mark is a man that probably subscribes to the mantra “Deeds, Not Words” and is never one to blow his own bugle. But as Australia’s first Victoria Cross recipient for over 40 years, he found himself in a unique position of notoriety and influence.   If you don’t know much about Mark, Hame does a lightning fast bio in the intro, quickly touching on his military record and also that he lost both his own parents at a young age.

    Big thanks to Dono for sharing his stories with us and opening up about some really personal stuff.

    As always - thanks to you guys for listening - There is just one more episode to come in Season 1 - and it’s a special edition ripper - make sure you subscribe so you don't miss out!

    Drop us a line at howotherdadsdad.com

    Thanks again!
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    • 54 min
    How Ben Lee Dads

    How Ben Lee Dads

    Creativity and dadding combine in a fascinating chat with prolific singer songwriter, Ben Lee. 

    After a chance meeting between Hame and Ben, where the chat quickly turned to their kids, Hame had the good sense to ask Ben if he’d like to slightly formalise the conversation and record it. And thanks to Ben’s generosity, we’ve got Episode 10 as a result!

    From his search for a different kind of life and love with wife Ione, to taking on the responsibility of a stepdaughter and his early missteps - Ben talks openly and passionately about his dadding style and journey.  The fellas swap notes on fostering creativity in kids, but also creativity in general and how to, as Ben says, “make beautiful mistakes”.

    Ben’s honesty definitely opens up a whole bunch of news ideas and questions that we haven't really covered in the show thus far, and we are of course super thankful that he took the time to sit down and chat with Hame.

    Info on Ben and his new album I’m Fun is HERE

    Ben & Ione’s Podcast is HERE

    Thanks again for all the emails - you can drop us a line at howotherdadsdad.com

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    • 59 min
    How Pat Cummins Dads

    How Pat Cummins Dads

    Australian Test Cricket Captain, Pat Cummins was rated the world's best bowler in March 2022.  But at the very same time, he was a brand new parent trying to figure out how this dadding thing works.

    Pat very kindly sat down with Hame to chat about his first year of being a dad. The pain of extended time apart from family, the challenge of making time count when he is at home and the inspiration that his own parents give him (even if they did forget his little sister at soccer practise once - but he is one of 5 kids, so cut ’em some slack we say).  

    The guys also chat about the benefit of diabolically long & boring road trips, and how David Warner has shown Pat how to show up for your kids even in the middle of a test match.  Hamish also shows his age by having to explain to Pat what the film Two Hands is about, and why he can’t leave his phone on the beach while he swims.

    Pat’s dadding journey may have just started, but there are great take-aways for everyone in this chat, and we are of course super grateful that he took the time to share his dadding hopes and dreams with Hame.

    As always, if you wanna drop us a line go to howotherdadsdad.com

    Thanks for listening!
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    • 46 min
    How Dave Hughes Dads

    How Dave Hughes Dads

    A legend of Australian comedy, Hughesy is used to dealing with a tough crowd at times.  But it seems his three kids provide the best heckles!

    Hamish was backstage at Rove many years ago when Hughesy and his wife Holly brought their very fresh newborn baby in, and it all seemed very grown up…especially for Hughesy!  Since then, Dave has had two more kids, and away from the microphone Hamish has had the great pleasure of chatting with Hughesy about his very thoughtful and highly empathetic approach to dadding.

    In this very funny, yet simultaneously wisdom-filled episode, Hughesy talks to Hame about some core beliefs that he is really trying to instil in his kids (and how they just tell him to shut up!). Dave talks about managing his very precious ego (which again, his kids rip into) and he also divulges a habit he definitely does not want his kids to pick up.

    As always, Hughesy is honest and hilarious, but you’ll also hear that he is really attuned to his kids' needs, and we are super grateful that he was willing to share his dadding wisdom with us.

    Thanks again for all the emails - you can drop us a line at howotherdadsdad.com

    Subscribe where you get your pods.And thanks again for listening. We really hope it’s hitting the spot for you!

    Cheers!
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    • 42 min
    How Max Gawn Dads

    How Max Gawn Dads

    Fresh off winning the AFL Grand final in 2021, Max Gawn hit the jackpot again three weeks later with the birth of his first child.

    Captain of the Melbourne Football Club, five time All Australian Ruckman, and all round good guy, Max first became friends with Hame because they liked riding bikes up big hills. Now they share stories about their other passion… not the Melbourne Football Club (this time), but their kids.

    When we recorded this episode, Max’s son was still only 7 months old, so he was super new to the whole dadding thing.  But his insights are great, and it’s clear the same dedication and thoughtfulness that has taken him to sporting greatness is now being applied to his dadding.

    In this episode, Max and Hame talk about the ongoing challenge of remaining present with your kids, how modern parenting fits with a career in the AFL and what gold standard dadding looks like to Max.  Hame also has a bit of a laugh at the fact Max still thought he had a say about what goes on in his life, and that he could keep going to Oktoberfest.  How cute.

    Max doesn’t need much of a bio.  He’s one of the AFL’s brightest stars. He captained Melbourne to their first premiership in 57 years, and has led his resurgent side with a humility and humour that sets him apart in the elite sporting world.

    Show Notes:  As Hame so professionally mentioned, you can get in touch with us at howotherdadsdad.com - and we really really love it when you do, so thank you!

    Subscribe wherever you get your pods so you stay up to date.

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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
661 Ratings

661 Ratings

Kath 22 ,

Refreshing

This is great - thanks for giving dads some airtime and a platform to discuss the highs and lows of parenting Hamish. It’s a great resource for parents today to feel less alone and less like you are stuffing things up

alexmickydean ,

Incredible!

I’m not a dad but work with kids as a therapist and have found lots of learning here. Incredible episode with Dr Garvey as well, please keep going, I am sharing this podcast a plenty!

DLindQ ,

Solid gold.

I ADORE this podcast. Hamish is thoughtful, insightful, funny, and above all relatable and human. Thank you for putting this out there, so many important messages for dads, mums and families. Thank you to all the men interviewed for being so honest and vulnerable and showing what modern fatherhood can look like. Cheers.

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