Hi, I’m Rich Bolus. Join me as I explore the messiness of being a parent.
Each episode I tease out tips, approaches and insights from parents and experts with the aim of becoming less bad at being a dad.
Craig Wilkinson on the parallel journey of parenting; being the role model your kids need you to be as well as growing as a parent
Craig Wilkinson is a best selling South African author, award winning social entrepreneur and dad coach. Through his not for profit organisation, Father a Nation, he and his team have done so much to help improve the lives of 10s of thousands of children across South Africa.
James Kendall on Forest School, child-centred learning and the best wild foods and campfire snacks
James Kendall and his wife, Lea, run Woodland Classroom in the UK and have a wealth of knowledge and experience teaching kids, and adults, how to connect more with nature.
In this episode we discuss all sorts of woodland activities you can undertake with your family as well as the Forest School approach to inspiring kids to learn for themselves.
To find out more information go to https://www.thedadmindset.com/post/65-james-kendall
Shane Drury on gaining time and financial freedom by living in a shipping container home
When Shane Drury and his family rented out their home to go travelling for a year COVID hit, forcing them to get creative about where they live. As Shane will describe, this turn of events and thinking 'inside' the box has had benefits for him and his family far beyond the obvious.
Veteran journalist and writer, Mark Tamhane, talks about what has worked in his family bringing up 6 kids
This episode I chat with veteran journalist, writer and dad of 6, Mark Tamhane, who writes about his experiences and what has worked in his family.
The fascinating thing for me is that Mark has three young children as well as three older children so is fathering on either end of the age spectrum all at the same time.
Alfie Kohn on how we can nurture happy, ethical, independent, curious problem solving kids
This episode I chat with Alfie Kohn who is an American author and lecturer in the areas of education, parenting, and human behavior. He is a massive proponent of progressive education and has offered critiques of many traditional aspects of parenting, managing, and society more generally, drawing in each case from social science research.
I can’t emphasise enough how helpful Alfie's ideas have been for me as a parent and I hope you thoroughly enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
William B. Irvine on using stoic psychological techniques to help us make the most of the time spent with our families
Professor of philosophy at Wright State University and author of several best selling books, William B Irvine, describes ways to navigate the human condition using wisdom from the Stoics.
Richard finds amazing guests and has raw and honest conversations about what it means to be a dad. Keep inspiring the next generation of dads working hard on their craft. Appreciate your dedication.
A helpful and inspirational discovery
The Dad Mindset podcast has been such an awesome find for me as father of 2 young boys, husband and working in a demanding job (and generally flying by the seat of my pants the whole time!). The guests have many great ideas and the personal sharing is inspirational. Thanks Rich for seeing the value and sharing it in an engaging way
- you’ve got skills man! I am definitely a better dad for it.
Highly engaging and such raw conversations make you feel humbled to be the listener. Realising that no two parenting situations are the same, nor the children, or us as humans, makes this podcast so valuable to learn that we are all doing our best to bring out the best in our parenting from the lives we are leading. I applaud the dads who give over their stories so candidly to Rich, and a must listen for any dads out there who are navigating their own journey into parenthood