11 episodes

As fathers, we're often expected to be the rock of our family and yet doing so requires us to also be supported. Each episode we meet a new Rad Dad willing to share their unique joys and struggles of fatherhood. If you want to be the best father you can be for yourself and for your family, this show is for you.

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    • Kids & Family

As fathers, we're often expected to be the rock of our family and yet doing so requires us to also be supported. Each episode we meet a new Rad Dad willing to share their unique joys and struggles of fatherhood. If you want to be the best father you can be for yourself and for your family, this show is for you.

    Crafting Stability in a Co-Parenting Dynamic | 010

    Crafting Stability in a Co-Parenting Dynamic | 010

    Join Braden and fellow dad, Neal, as they converse about their experiences as single fathers navigating co-parenting. The dads delve into the technicalities of separation agreements, the need for legal and emotional flexibility, and the role of clear communication. Neal emphasizes his role as a family leader, confronting fears and ensuring his children's welfare remains central. They explore the challenges of co-parenting, the impact of divorce on their identities and emotional well-being, and the value of external support systems like the Rad Dad Collective. Emphasizing a gradual approach to healing and relationship-building with ex-partners, Braden and Neal highlight the necessity of support, flexibility, and boundaries for the sake of their children's future.
    Highlights
    Managing personal emotions post-separationBuilding a co-parenting communityThe importance of relinquishing control and managing fears related to children's custodyNurturing Relationships for Children's Well-beingAdjusting to new boundaries, privacy, and intimacy post-divorceApproaching co-parenting with integrity and accountabilityGradual comfort with ex-partners in shared spacesThe critical role of safety, peace, and flexibility in family dynamics

    To Learn More:
    Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.org
    Sign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.com
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    • 41 min
    Letting Kids Lead: Understanding the Parental Role in Decision Making | 009

    Letting Kids Lead: Understanding the Parental Role in Decision Making | 009

    Take a dive into fatherhood and supporting children's decision-making processes as Matthew sits down with his guest, Mike.  Matthew shares insights on the significant role of various advisors, including peers, in a child's life, while Mike talks about the highs and lows of connecting with his teenagers. They both emphasize the importance of empowering their children, balanced with setting appropriate boundaries. They touch on the future of parenting in terms of more empathetic communication and attunement to children's non-verbal cues. They both discuss the considerations needed when children decide to step away from commitments due to changes in passion or circumstances. Overall, the episode is a rich reflection on the nuances of fatherly guidance and respect for a child’s autonomy.
    Highlights
    The significance of empowering children to make decisionsValuing diverse sources of advice, from peers to coaches, in guiding children's decision-making processes.Personal reflections on parenting tendencies and the efforts to foster open communication with childrenBalancing parental control with children's freedom within set boundaries.Understanding and supporting children's changing interests,Envisioning the evolution of parenting, with a focus on deeper respect, communication, and recognition of children's subtle signals and expressions.
    To Learn More:
    Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.org
    Sign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.com
    Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raddadcollective/
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    • 44 min
    Balancing Parental Impulses: Instinct vs Insight | 008

    Balancing Parental Impulses: Instinct vs Insight | 008

    Matthew and Michael candidly explore the emotional challenges of fatherhood. They discuss how negative energy from outbursts can affect a home, the struggle to keep parental control, and the importance of being present with children. Personal stories reveal their battles with emotion, identity shifts after becoming fathers, and the impulse to maintain authority.  Both emphasize the fleeting nature of childhood, advocating for appreciation amid frustration. The conversation underscores the themes of regulating emotions, the struggle against the pull of negative feelings, and the impact on children's perceptions of their parents. The episode is a candid look at the intricacies of fatherhood, the work of self-awareness, and the impact of parental behavior on family dynamics.
    Highlights
    How negative outbursts linger in the environment.The pitfalls of attempting to control children.The impact of these parental impulses on the parent-child relationshipThe repetition of negative feelings and habits in parenting.The importance of being present for meaningful connection with children.Motivations behind parenting impulses led by fear and lack of control.How parental stress manifests in children's behaviors.The importance of addressing issues in a calm state to avoid escalation.

    To Learn More:
    Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.org
    Sign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.com
    Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raddadcollective/
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    • 49 min
    The Transition into Becoming a Father | 007

    The Transition into Becoming a Father | 007

    Join Matthew and Will as they explore the profound journey of transitioning into fatherhood. They share deeply personal experiences, from the emotional whirlwind of childbirth to the redefinition of personal identity that parenting demands. Both dads delve into the emotional and mental shifts involved in fatherhood, confronting challenges such as depression and a longing for self-actualization. They find solace and strength in each other's stories, recognizing the ripple effect their upbringing has on their children and wider society. Emphasizing connection over control, they celebrate the small victories and the overarching adventure of raising children who will shape the future.
    Highlights
    The rapid emotional maturity required in fatherhood.The need for involvement of both parents in child-rearing.The value of sharing experiences and advice among fathers.Being present and fully connected with your child.The importance of surrendering control and the lasting influence of their actions as fathers.Finding a rhythm in parenting.Bringing humor and joy into the routine of family life.
    To Learn More:
    Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.org
    Sign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.com
    Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raddadcollective/
    Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/theRadDadCollective


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    • 44 min
    Building a Strong Parenting Partnership amid Personal Evolution | 006

    Building a Strong Parenting Partnership amid Personal Evolution | 006

    Explore the dynamics of parenting and the importance of communication with dads, Matthew and John. They discuss the challenges of evolving personal identities while managing co-parenting responsibilities, addressing both minor daily disputes and larger issues like financial decisions. The duo recognizes their efforts in personal reflection and growth, believing this directly benefits their children's understanding of dealing with life's challenges. The conversation encapsulates the nuances of communication, emotional intelligence, and the impact of parents' personal development on their child's growth. Rising to these challenges, they emphasize the need for personal growth and nurturing their relationships to remain vibrant role models for their children.
    Highlights
    The parallels between communication skills in parenting and in adult relationships.Ensuring underlying emotional needs are met.The significance of presence and a nonjudgmental approach in parenting.Shared responsibilities and respecting each other's parental roles.Strategies for repair processes during conflicts, with a focus on active listening and empathy.The impact on children when parents value reflection and personal growth.Finding time for self-care and personal interests amidst parenting duties.


    To Learn More:
    Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.org
    Sign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.com
    Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raddadcollective/
    Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/theRadDadCollective


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    • 39 min
    Breaking the Cycle: Managing, Embracing and Integrating Anger as a Father | 005

    Breaking the Cycle: Managing, Embracing and Integrating Anger as a Father | 005

    Anger can be such a confusing emotion for some dads. Matthew and his guest Byron, engage in a candid discussion about anger management in parenting. Matthew shares methods for diffusing anger through play with his child, while Byron considers the benefits of anger for personal clarity and action. They contemplate the transformation of anger and the importance of playful energy in fatherhood. Both dads acknowledge the struggle with their anger and its origins, aspiring to heal past patterns and create healthier relationships with their children. Uncover the parental challenges they have faced, such as homeschooling, setting boundaries, and finding time for spouses, underscoring the complexities of managing familial and emotional spaces.
    Highlights
    Embracing anger as a part of parenthood.Reflections on childhood experiences and their effect on current triggers.Using anger to drive positive change and challenge the status quo.Importance of keeping emotions separate from punishment and disciplineThe goal of embodying a different model of behavior for their childrenThe shame around anger and its effectsShifting self-relationships to positively impact relationships with children
    To Learn More:
    Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.org
    Sign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.com
    Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raddadcollective/
    Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/theRadDadCollective

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    • 46 min

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