335 episodes

Win at home and not just at work.

Over the last 5 years, Front Row Dads has become a diverse group of 230 dads from 12 different countries who share a common bond of choosing to put family first as they grow their businesses.

The mission of Front Row Dads is to help men deepen their connection with their children and build a family legacy that they’re proud of.

Outside of the podcast, live events and online summits, FRD has a highly engaged membership that supports each dad in aligning with his family values and staying committed to the most important people in his life.

Front Row Dads | Family Men with Businesses Jon Vroman

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 228 Ratings

Win at home and not just at work.

Over the last 5 years, Front Row Dads has become a diverse group of 230 dads from 12 different countries who share a common bond of choosing to put family first as they grow their businesses.

The mission of Front Row Dads is to help men deepen their connection with their children and build a family legacy that they’re proud of.

Outside of the podcast, live events and online summits, FRD has a highly engaged membership that supports each dad in aligning with his family values and staying committed to the most important people in his life.

    Raising “Futurepreneurs”, Rites of Passage, and Establishing Family Values with Rich Christiansen

    Raising “Futurepreneurs”, Rites of Passage, and Establishing Family Values with Rich Christiansen

    All right fellas. I’m talking with Rich Christiansen, who for context, has founded 49 businesses, of which 16 have become multimillion-dollar successes.
    What’s most impressive however, is how he shows up for his family. Rich is the perfect example of what Intentional Parenting is all about.
    But it wasn’t always this way…
    In his early career, Rich was on the fast-track to becoming the CEO of an Inc 500 company, when he got the wake up call of his life. While he was crushing it at work, he realized he completely lost sight of what mattered most—his family.
    He decided to quit the corporate world to double down on life at home, which he describes as the most meaningful decision of his life. 
    All 5 of his kids are fully grown now, but the framework Rich and his wife developed for building a family legacy and raising strong, confident, happy kids is unlike anything I’ve seen.
    This is just a quick glimpse, but here’s a few interesting facts about his 5 sons…
    Every one of them had created a million dollar business before the end of high school. They’ve all hiked major world mountain peaks, including Everest, Kilimanjaro, and Huayna Picchu. From the age 16, his sons took full responsibility for paying for their own college, family vacations, dinners, and more. They all committed to never asking Dad to pay for anything. They all spent two years serving humanity and learning another language. And much more… So, let’s get into it. We’re talking about family values, squashing entitlement, rites of passage, and the Legado Family Framework that’s helping men build a family legacy that will carry forward for generations.
    If you want to win professionally, but don’t want to do it at the expense of your family, this is a must listen episode!
    Rich Christiansen Podcast Highlights 
    The realization that he was sacrificing his family to win at work. Why it’s critical to clearly define your family values—and how the Legado Family Framework can help you create them. Let your kids be who they are, not what you want them to be. Raising financially independent children who aren’t entitled. The importance of having friends who call you out on your b******t. Using rites of passage to raise confident, happy, and successful kids. STOP doing family trips without intent! Get the Full Show Notes
    Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/335
    Want to learn more about Front Row Dads?
    We are in the business of building better families.
    While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them.
    We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally.
    Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood!
    Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review

    • 53 min
    Getting Angry At Your Kids, Unaccepted Apologies and Transcending Trauma with Curt Storring

    Getting Angry At Your Kids, Unaccepted Apologies and Transcending Trauma with Curt Storring

    There are few things in life that can test a dad's patience more than putting the kids to bed with a screaming baby in your arms while their rambunctious siblings are doing everything but trying to go to sleep.
    Everyone has their breaking point and the urge to yell at your kids can be overwhelming. On a good day, you realize that you don't want to become the scary monster in their bedroom before unloading on them. So what do you do when you're at your wit's end during the bedtime routine?
    Today, we're talking about what happens when we get angry with our kids, being rejected when asking for forgiveness, and what to do when "I'm sorry" isn't enough.
    My guest today is Curt Storring. Curt is a husband, father, entrepreneur, and a successful men's group facilitator. After struggling with anger issues and depression in his first few years of fatherhood, he knew that something had to change if he wanted to become a better father to his kids and a better human being.
    This led him to create his Dad.Work group and podcast with a mission to hurt less and love more. Even though Curt has put in the work, the reality is the work doesn't end. There's always another test or challenge on the horizon as a father.
    I asked Curt to share a couple of stories from some of his recent blowups with his kids, and I can't tell you how much I appreciated his willingness to be vulnerable and to share his breakthroughs. Sometimes we just need to hear that we're not alone, especially when we're in those dark places.
    All right fellas, let's dig in. Enjoy this conversation and let’s continue the journey and evolve to become better fathers and husbands to our family.
    One last thing, our next Online Summit is coming up on May 19th and we’re going to be focusing on some of the topics we discussed in this episode. We have some great guest speakers lined up to help with some actionable strategies and ideas that you can implement right away to be a better father and husband.
    We’d love to have you. Click here to sign up and join us.
    Curt Storring Podcast Highlights
    Is there anything that could break a man’s heart more than their child rejecting them when asking for a hug? How to understand the triggers and patterns that cause us to become triggered. Why wishing for an apology from our own parents in adulthood is wasted energy, and how we’re better off by letting go and moving on. No matter how much we feel that we’re failing as a father, kids need their father to be a part of their life so don’t ever give up. Why saying that you're sorry doesn’t always work if you’re just saying the words. A real apology is more than words. Get the Full Show Notes
    Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/334
    Want to learn more about Front Row Dads?
    We are in the business of building better families.
    While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them.
    We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally.
    Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood!
    Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review

    • 40 min
    Mother's Day Success Stories from 3 Front Row Moms with Angie MacDougall, Tjitske Sprang, Monica Hemmert

    Mother's Day Success Stories from 3 Front Row Moms with Angie MacDougall, Tjitske Sprang, Monica Hemmert

    I feel like I’ve failed more than won when it comes to celebrating Mother’s Day. 
    Today’s show is devoted to sourcing great ideas that help you love on the Mom’s in your life. 
    I’m endlessly curious about the question…
    How do we “win” on Mother’s Day by helping them feel love, appreciated and celebrated?
    Honestly, there isn’t a silver bullet, sure-fire win, but there are clues, and you can increase your odds of knocking this out of the park. 
    Rather than tell you what I think, or interview another guy on what he thinks, I asked three amazing women (Front Row Moms Angie, Tjitske & Monica) if they’d have a conversation and talk about what makes their Mother’s Day great. 
    Think about this episode as a Mother’s Day cheat sheet for husbands.
    The ladies shared fantastic ideas for things you can do for; including meals out, entertaining the kids, no mom duties, time for self-care, and much more.
    To make it even better, they give us great tips on how to figure out which “gift” your wife would like the most, such as taking into consideration your kids’ ages and stages of life, stress factors, or typical daily chores.
    Mother’s Day Podcast Highlights
    How to identify what your wife wants and needs for Mother’s Day. Giving your wife options and letting her choose what she needs most. Ways to discover your wife’s Love Language. The power of DIY cards & crafts, time for connection, and other thoughtful gifts from kids and husbands. Caring for your own mother on Mother’s Day. Get the Full Show Notes
    Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/333
    Want to learn more about Front Row Dads?
    We are in the business of building better families.
    While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them.
    We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally.
    Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood!
    Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review

    • 58 min
    The Magic of Music, Being Present + Playful & Using House Points with Tim Woosley

    The Magic of Music, Being Present + Playful & Using House Points with Tim Woosley

    Gentlemen, I hope you're ready to rock today. This episode goes out to all the music lovers out there.
    Is there a better gift that we can share with our kids than the gift of music? It's such a great connector and the source of so many great conversations and memories.
    Have you ever been in the car, just belting out a song with your kids at the top of your lungs? When we talk about being present and playful with our kids, this is my jam.
    Today's guest is literally rocking life as a husband, father, and music teacher. His name is Tim Woosley, and he teaches people how to play guitar for a living. But more importantly, he uses music to teach his kids about discipline and confidence so that they can do the hard things.
    Intentional parenting is one of our pillars, and I couldn't help but notice that Tim used the word intentional several times. Being intentional when introducing new music to his kids, or by spending time with them or his wife when he catches himself working too long.
    I loved hearing about how he wrote his own eulogy that he reads to himself almost every day to reverse engineer his life and keep him on the right path to where he wants to go with his life. It was so good.
    When I think about our family road trip last year, for my son's 12th birthday, I thought it would be fun if we looked up the top 10 hits when I was his age and played them. I gotta say, we had a blast. It's such an easy thing to do, and is now a memory we’ll never forget. 
    So let's dive in. We're talking about the power of music and how it's such a great tool to teach our kids many valuable lessons. We'll also get into how music can help us to be present and playful with our family and create skills and memories that will last a lifetime.
    P.S. You'll also hear Tim play a little blues riff on his guitar. Spoiler alert: He's really good.
    Tim Woosley Podcast Highlights How music can help develop discipline and confidence with our kids, and also build connections with friends and family. Balancing work and family life by staying present and playful. Being intentional with what we teach our kids and how we spend time with them. How to find something that connects with your kids’ hearts and use that to guide and teach them with what Tim calls “House Points”. Get the Full Show Notes
    Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/332
    Want to learn more about Front Row Dads?
    We are in the business of building better families.
    While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them.
    We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally.
    Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood!
    Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review

    • 55 min
    Building Teams, Buying Freedom with Mike Ayala - Part 2

    Building Teams, Buying Freedom with Mike Ayala - Part 2

    As a Front Row Dad, I know that building wealth is important to you. It’s the key to your freedom. And with that freedom, you can spend more time with your family, creating a lifetime of memories.
    Nobody is more qualified to talk about this than my friend Mike Ayala, who has over 22 years of experience starting, scaling, and selling companies.
    Now, he teaches busy professionals and entrepreneurs his approach to building teams and buying freedom. That’s what today’s episode is all about. If you’re trying to scale a company and manage life at home, you won’t want to miss this chat.
    And if you haven’t already, don’t miss Part 1 of our conversation. We dig into Mike’s philosophies as a Dad/Husband and how to build wealth without letting it negatively impact who your kids become!  
    Mike Ayala Podcast Highlights - Part 2
    Are you charged or drained at work? Operate within your zone of genius so you have more capacity for life at home. Building businesses on the backs of great partnerships. How to determine who, how, and when to hire. Protecting your time and freedom by getting clear on who you are. Are you unconsciously committed to the chaos? Don’t let your ego get in the way of your success! Get the Full Show Notes
    Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/331
    Want to learn more about Front Row Dads?
    We are in the business of building better families.
    While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them.
    We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally.
    Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood!
    Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review

    • 39 min
    Growing up with Wealth, Entitled vs. Easy Kids & Why You Might Not Want Your Kids to Get a Job with Mike Ayala - Part 1

    Growing up with Wealth, Entitled vs. Easy Kids & Why You Might Not Want Your Kids to Get a Job with Mike Ayala - Part 1

    He built a badass business and “made it” financially. Now he helps busy professionals and entrepreneurs find true freedom to live their best life…
    Gents, as you know, one of the major pillars for Front Row Dads is Business Evolution—structuring our businesses so that we consciously choose to be family men with businesses, not businessmen with families.
    That’s why I wanted to invite Mike Ayala on the show. Mike has a ton of experience building companies, one of which scaled to more than 100 employees and sold at a $12 million valuation.
    I’ve also had the privilege of spending time with Mike. I’ve watched him engage with his wife and kids, and I can tell you that he’s one of the best dads out there.
    In other words, he knows the difficulty of running a business AND managing a family….
    He also knows how to create generational wealth that gives him and his family the freedom to live life on their terms.
    I know this is important to Front Row Dads, but it brings up an interesting topic…
    What happens to our kids when they grow up in a wealthy household? Are they destined to be spoiled and entitled?
    That’s what we’re discussing in Part 1 of my conversation with Mike Ayala!
    Mike Ayala Podcast Highlights - Part 1
    Will your kids be spoiled if they grow up with wealth? Why Mike’s kids weren’t allowed to work regular jobs before 18. How to create an environment where your kids aren’t entitled. Have you ever lost your sh*t at the kids? Be the thermostat, not the thermometer. Creating generational wealth and continuing to experience life with your kids (and their kids!) Why your kids need you more than ever as young adults. Get the Full Show Notes
    Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/330
    Want to learn more about Front Row Dads?
    We are in the business of building better families.
    While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them.
    We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally.
    Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood!
    Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
228 Ratings

228 Ratings

JVasil ,

Ep 329 w/Michael Port - Well Worth My Time

I enjoyed this terrific discussion with Michael Port who shared thoughts on a wide range of topics. I particularly liked his ideas about having weekly money and budget talks with his wife, the rich versus wealthy approach, and the ways they help their children learn to live within their means (his family uses an app), and avoid dicey financial schemes.
An interesting, fun interview with a passionate, successful entrepreneur sharing valuable insights.

WoodsideRock ,

Ep 329 W/Michael Port - Excellent

Great Discussion! Some key takeaways:
1. Reinvesting 100% is often not best plan for you
2. Y R U not budgeting!?, cmon man! Use an app, get r done.
3. Rich (spends their $); Wealthy-Manages it
4. Teach teen kids; they get a budget w/veto authority, etc...
5. Budget together as a couple; make it real, make it fun

Thanks!
Rosario

OMSLady ,

Episode 329 - Financial wisdom from Michael Port

The interview/discussion with Michael Port was excellent. I particularly liked how he talked about using your income to build wealth and bring cashflow into your life for after you retire. Excellent discussion about budgeting and how he implements in his own life. Several excellent book recommendations that I will be reading/listening to in the near future. Thank you!

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