Scott Davison interviews experts on a range of topics covering self-improvement, relationships and parenting. Because being a dad is an amazing experience, but it can also be challenging. As with any great challenge, the more you put in - the more you get out. And you don’t want to look back with regrets that you didn’t give it your best shot. The Dad Train is a podcast for proactive dads who want to be their best. Sharing ideas and strategies on how to be a better man, a better partner and a better dad.
Why Dads Make Better Leaders, with Brandon Miller
Brandon Miller is an expert in Strengths-Based Organizational Development, who has helped businesses such as Bank of America and Tesla implement leadership and company culture programs.
He is also a father of 7, who has co-authored two books about Strengths-Based Parenting.
Brandon believes there are skills we learn as fathers that can help make us better managers and leaders in the workplace.
In this interview, Brandon shares his story and explains some of the key lessons he has learned along the way.
What you will learn
The story behind Brandon’s business, 34 Strong How organisations can apply strengths-based principlesThe three categories of timeGrind timeGreatnessGeniusBrandon’s fatherhood journey, with 7 kids and 4 grandchildren. How to manage work-life balance at different stages in your careerThree ways managers (and parents) can be perceived by staff (and kids)Advocate AdversaryAmbivalent Leadership skills we learn as dads, that can also be applied in the workplaceWhy he and his wife decided to write a book about parentingWhat is Strengths-Based Parenting What are some of the strengths we can look for in our kidsThe difference between core and growth strengthsUnique strengths Brandon identified in his children About Brandon’s organisation: ‘incredible parents’More information
Show notes and links to the resources mentioned in this interview are available at https://thedadtrain.com/56
How To Talk To Your Mates About Depression, with Will McMahon
Will McMahon is an Australian comedian and radio personality. He co-hosts the KISS Network’s national drive time show ‘Woody and Will’ with his best-mate Woody Whitelaw.
On-air it’s mostly s***s and giggles, as Will’s job is to entertain and make people laugh. But in his personal life, he continues to live with regular bouts of depression.
Depression is a mental illness that affects 1 in 7 people. And typically men are not very good at talking about it.
This is something Will is trying to change.
Will understands how hard it is for men to let their friends and family know they are struggling, but he also believes it’s the most important thing you can do to help yourself.
In this interview, Will shares his personal story of living with depression and explains why it’s so important to talk about it.
What you’ll learn
The Catch-22 of depression – where the best thing you can do is to speak to someone, but it’s also the hardest thing to doWhy he created the ‘share my mood’ appSome lessons from Roman Kemp’s documentary ‘Our silent Emergency’Two ways for society to tackle depressionInterventionPreventionTips to help guys talk to their mates about depressionShoulder to shoulder activities‘The 2-okay rule’Things Will does to help maintain his mental healthExerciseMeditationDiet and lifestyleHow the symptoms of depression show up in WillThe power of vulnerability – why telling your friends about your depression is the best thing you can do to help yourself. Resources men can use if they need to get helpMore information
Links to resources mentioned in this interview, as well as further information about the guest, can be found at https://thedadtrain.com/55
If this topic triggers anything and you need to speak to someone, please call LifeLine on 13 11 14 (in Australia) or an equivalent helpline in your local country.
Crowdsourced Parenting Advice From 42 Dads, with Craig Kessler
Craig Kessler is COO of one of the world’s fastest-growing sports and entertainment companies. He’s also a father of three young boys.
After realising he had a lot to learn about parenting, Craig reached out to his network and asked them to write him a letter on “how to be a good dad”.
After receiving responses from a wide range of dads, including athletes, TV personalities, businessmen and civic leaders, Craig compiled the advice into a book, which became known as ‘The Dad Advice Project’
In this interview, Craig discusses some of the common themes he discovered and shares a few stories that had the biggest impact on his life as a dad.
What you’ll learn
About Craig’s career as COO of TopGolfHis fatherhood story and what he has learned along the wayWhat inspired him to launch ‘The Dad Advice Project’Some of the well-known names who contributed storiesThe three common pieces of parenting advice he learned from interviewing over 40 dads for the bookTwo parenting ideas that really stood out for CraigHow other dads can get involved with The Dad Advice ProjectMore Information
Show notes and links to references mentioned in this interview are available at https://thedadtrain.com/54
Redefining Fatherhood For The Modern Dad, with Jeremy Macvean
The culture of fatherhood is undergoing a transformation. Dads today spend three times as many hours with their kids as they did in the 1960s. And traditional gender roles are being reinvented in incredible ways.
Whilst this puts greater demands on fathers, it also presents a golden opportunity for dads to redefine the concept of a modern dad.
Jeremy Macvean is co-founder of The-Father-Hood, an online business that offers support, advice and inspiration for dads.
As a single father of three girls, Jeremy understands some of the unique challenges and opportunities of the modern dad.
In this interview, he shares the story behind The-Father-Hood, discusses some key issues faced by dads and explains why the workplace is an important environment to harness the changing culture of fatherhood.
What you’ll learn
The story behind the-father-hood.com How the culture of fatherhood has changed in one generationHow Australia compares to the rest of the worldHow organisations can help support the changing landscape for fathersReasons why men don’t take advantage of parental leave optionsWhich topics are dads engaging withJeremy’s experience raising three girls The importance of self-care for dadsHow to manage separation and divorce as a fatherHow Matt Damon and Chris Hemsworth inspired The Father Hood book.
Show notes and links to the resources mentioned in this interview are available at https://thedadtrain.com/53
How To Reignite Passion And Intimacy In Your Relationship, with Shana James
Have you ever found yourself thinking – ‘I wish I understood what women want’?
If so, then this week’s guest could provide the answer.
Shana James has a masters in psychology and over 20 years of experience working with men to help them find love, rekindle the spark and bring intimacy back into their relationships.
Her clients call her ‘the secret weapon’ because she helps men translate women’s needs and understand their attraction and motivations.
In this powerful interview, Shana shares some insightful and counter-intuitive tips that can help men find the love and intimacy they seek, whatever stage of their relationship they are at.
What you’ll learn
Common issues that Shana helps her male clients withSome powerful skills that will help you in the workplace and in the bedroomHow to tap into what your body is telling youHow men can be more vulnerable without appearing weakHow to master your attention and focusHow to reignite the spark and bring intimacy back into a relationship What is Nice Guy Syndrome?How to communicate your desires without complainingHow men can reinvent themselves after divorce What inspired Shana’s Ted X Talk about male vulnerabilityMore information
Show notes and links to all the resources mentioned in this interview are available at https://thedadtrain.com/52
How To Manage An Emotionally Sensitive Child, with Matis Miller
Matis Miller is a licensed clinical social worker and certified cognitive-behavioural therapist.
He specialises in treating children with emotional regulation issues such as ADHD, ODD and DMDD. He also helps parents learn how to manage their expectations and acceptance.
In this interview, Matis shares strategies from his new book: The Uncontrollable Child
As a father of six and a therapist with over 15 years of experience, Matis has plenty of experience working with strong-willed children from all walks of life.
Whether your child has a diagnosis or is simply displaying normal developmental behaviour, we could all use some extra parenting skills to help manage the situation. And that’s exactly what this interview provides.
What you’ll learn
What are some of the common diagnoses, such as:Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)How to differentiate a behavioural disorder from normal development behaviourWhat environmental issues are contributing to increased rates of behaviour disordersHow to harness a ‘behavioural disorder’ and turn it into a superpowerWhat percentage of children have ADHDIs ADHD more common in boys or girlsWhat is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)Top tips for managing an emotionally sensitive childMore information
Show notes and links to the resources mentioned in this interview are available at https://thedadtrain.com/51