104 episodes

A Dad's Path is the go-to podcast for dads. Hosted by Will Braunstein, a dad on a mission to learn what it takes to be a good father, this show is packed with approachable, fun, and provocative content to help you navigate the ups and downs of fatherhood.

From recognizing opportunities to be the best dad you can be to staying confident and in control, A Dad's Path is here to help you make the most of every moment.

Join Will and his guests as they share real-life solutions to everyday challenges. Subscribe now and start your path to being the best dad you can be.

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A Dad's Path is the go-to podcast for dads. Hosted by Will Braunstein, a dad on a mission to learn what it takes to be a good father, this show is packed with approachable, fun, and provocative content to help you navigate the ups and downs of fatherhood.

From recognizing opportunities to be the best dad you can be to staying confident and in control, A Dad's Path is here to help you make the most of every moment.

Join Will and his guests as they share real-life solutions to everyday challenges. Subscribe now and start your path to being the best dad you can be.

    #104 - Allowance and Beyond: Creating a Financial Education Plan for Your Kids

    #104 - Allowance and Beyond: Creating a Financial Education Plan for Your Kids

    In this episode, we speak with Vince Shorb, the Founder and CEO of the National Financial Educators Council, about the essential topic of financial literacy for kids. Vince is on a mission to equip today's youth with the practical financial skills they need to navigate life's challenges and lead secure, fulfilling lives.

    Key Takeaways:


    Core Financial Skills: Discover the fundamental financial skills every child should learn, from earning money to managing expenses and saving.
    Role of Parents: Learn how parents can play a crucial role in their children's financial education, including the best age to start teaching about money.
    Chore Systems: Explore the benefits of implementing a comprehensive chore system that instills a strong work ethic and financial understanding from a young age.
    Financial Challenges: Understand the external influences that impact children's financial behaviors and how parents can counteract consumerism.
    Fun Financial Education: Get tips on making financial education engaging and fun, with ideas for monthly family finance meetings and interactive learning activities.

    Whether you want to start early with your kids' financial education or refine your approach, this episode is packed with valuable insights and practical advice. Tune in and empower your children with the knowledge they need for a financially secure future!

    • 46 min
    #103 - Eight Setbacks That Can Make a Child a Success with Michelle Icard

    #103 - Eight Setbacks That Can Make a Child a Success with Michelle Icard

    Join us for an insightful episode of A Dad's Path Podcast, where host Will Braunstein interviews Michelle Icard, a renowned educator and author.

    Michelle's practical insights and compassionate approach provide invaluable guidance for dads striving to support their children through various stages of growth, from young kids to adolescents.

    Michelle shares her extensive experience working with parents, children, and teachers and discusses her books "8 Setbacks That Can Make a Child a Success," "14 Talks by Age 14," and "Middle School Makeover."



    Highlights include:


    Turning Failures into Success: Exploring how common setbacks can be transformed into character-building opportunities for children, applicable to young kids and those approaching adolescence.
    Essential Conversations: Key topics parents need to discuss with their kids before they enter high school, fostering open communication and strong relationships from a young age.
    Exiting Toxic Friendships and Media Influence: Teaching kids to recognize and exit unhealthy friendships and critically analyze media influence in today's digital age, starting from an early age.
    Redefining Leadership: Encouraging children to think independently and lead their own lives confidently, with tips for instilling these values in young children and teenagers.



    Take advantage of this engaging conversation filled with actionable tips and heartfelt stories. Learn more about Michelle Icard and her work at michelleicard.com.

    Tune in and empower your parenting journey with expert advice from Michelle Icard on A Dad's Path Podcast.

    • 48 min
    #102- Exploring the World with Kids: An Interview with Margaret Sullivan

    #102- Exploring the World with Kids: An Interview with Margaret Sullivan

    Host Will Braunstein sits down with Margaret Bensfield Sullivan, who, along with her husband Teddy and their two young children, embarked on an extraordinary year-long journey across 29 countries and six continents.



    Discover how this transformative experience reshaped their family dynamics, imparted invaluable life lessons, and provided Margaret with the material for her book, Following the Sun: Tales (and Fails) From a Year Around the World With Our Kids.



    In this episode, Margaret offers practical travel hacks, insights on balancing career and family life, and the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone.

    Key Takeaways:


    Tips for traveling with young children, including how to keep them engaged and happy.
    How new experiences and breaking routines can strengthen family bonds.
    Balancing the roles and responsibilities between partners while traveling.
    The importance of flexibility and embracing the unexpected during travel.



    Learn More: Visit Margaret Bensfield Sullivan’s website to learn more about her journey and her book, Following the Sun: Tales (and Fails) From a Year Around the World With Our Kids.



    Tune in to this episode for an engaging and enlightening conversation that will inspire you to seize the moment and explore the world with your family. Whether you're planning a weekend getaway or a year-long adventure, Margaret's insights are sure to provide valuable guidance and motivation.

    • 55 min
    #101 - From Butcher’s Son to Business Leader: A Dad’s Journey

    #101 - From Butcher’s Son to Business Leader: A Dad’s Journey

    In this fascinating episode of A Dad's Path Podcast, host Will Braunstein speaks with John Ply, author of "You Can Be the Best: Life Lessons from the Butcher and the Businessman."



    John’s memoir dives into his remarkable journey from humble beginnings to building two industry-leading companies. He shares the profound life lessons imparted by his father, a hardworking butcher, and how these lessons shaped his approach to business and fatherhood.

    John opens up about the challenges of balancing work, personal life, and the pursuit of dreams while raising his children in a vastly different economic landscape. He discusses the importance of treating all children equally, encouraging them to follow their passions, and the significance of kindness and doing good in all aspects of life.

    Key Takeaways:


    Balancing Family and Professional Life: Discover how John managed to juggle his successful business ventures with raising a family, ensuring he remained present and supportive.
    The Power of Focus: Insights into the importance of knowing what you want to achieve and staying focused on your goals, as illustrated by John's journey to success.
    Encouraging Passions: Practical advice for parents on supporting their children's interests and fostering a sense of purpose.
    The Importance of Kindness and Generosity: John emphasizes the profound impact of kindness and doing good, both personally and professionally.
    John's Success Story: Learn about John’s achievements in building two top-tier companies and how the lessons he learned along the way can be applied to everyday life.

    Join us for an inspiring discussion that highlights the resilience required to rebuild one’s life and the powerful stories that emerge from unexpected places. Whether you’re a dad, a parent, or someone looking for a tale of perseverance, this episode offers valuable lessons and heartfelt moments.

    • 54 min
    #100 - Balancing Acts: Fatherhood, Work, and Finding Purpose on the Road

    #100 - Balancing Acts: Fatherhood, Work, and Finding Purpose on the Road

    In this episode of A Dad's Path Podcast, host Will Braunstein sits down with Jon Rigsby, the author of 'Drive: Scraping By in Uber's America One Ride at a Time.'

    Jon's memoir is a unique narrative of life post-divorce, his dual role as a crime intelligence analyst by day and an Uber driver by night, and his experiences raising an autistic son.

    Jon shares his struggles and triumphs as he navigates financial and emotional challenges, often finding solace and purpose in the unexpected connections made with passengers.



    Key Takeaways:


    Personal Transformation: Jon opens up about the emotional journey of recovering his self-worth after a difficult divorce, emphasizing the importance of self-care and resilience. His story resonates with any dad facing similar challenges.
    Parenting Insights: Jon's experiences provide practical solutions to the challenges of balancing gig work and parenting. His story is a reminder that being emotionally present for our children is as important as providing for them financially, empowering dads to strive for a healthier work/life balance.
    Support Systems: The conversation underscores the value of unseen support networks and the significance of reaching out for help, reinforcing that no one is truly alone in their struggles. This is a powerful reminder for all parents about the importance of community and support.
    Gig Economy Realities: Jon's firsthand account of the gig economy, including the ups and downs of rideshare driving, provides a relevant perspective for any parent juggling multiple roles. His insights into the broader implications for workers in this space are particularly enlightening.

    Join us for an inspiring discussion that not only illuminates the resilience required to rebuild one's life but also provides actionable insights for those facing similar challenges. Jon's story is a testament to the powerful stories that emerge from unexpected places.

    Whether you're a dad, a divorced dad, or simply someone looking for a tale of perseverance, this episode offers valuable lessons and heartfelt moments that you can apply to your own life.

    Don't miss out on this captivating episode where you'll hear Jon's story and be reminded of the human connections that bind us all. It's a journey of resilience, unexpected twists, and heartwarming moments that you won't want to miss.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #99 - Hands-Free Parenting: A Conversation with Rachel Macy Stafford

    #99 - Hands-Free Parenting: A Conversation with Rachel Macy Stafford

    Join us on as host Will Braunstein sits down with Rachel Macy Stafford, bestselling author and founder of HandsFreeMama.com. In this heartfelt episode, Rachel shares insights from her latest book, Soul Shift: The Weary Human's Guide to Getting Unstuck and Reclaiming Your Path to Joy.

    Learn how small, intentional changes can help you become a more present and compassionate parent, and hear Rachel's practical advice on setting boundaries with technology, managing self-critical thoughts, and fostering open communication with your children.

    This episode is packed with wisdom for parents seeking to deepen their connection with their families and themselves. Whether you're navigating the challenges of parenting or looking to reclaim joy in your daily life, Rachel's insights will inspire and guide you.

    Key Takeaways:


    Understanding the importance of being emotionally present for your family.
    Practical steps to create hands-free moments and set healthy boundaries with technology.
    Techniques for cultivating self-compassion and positive self-talk.
    How to foster open, honest communication with your children about their feelings and experiences.
    The significance of modeling healthy behavior and self-care for your kids.

    Tune in for an inspiring conversation that will encourage you to embrace presence, compassion, and joy in your parenting journey. Don't miss this episode of "A Dad's Path Podcast" with the incredible Rachel Macy Stafford!

    • 49 min

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