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As Fathers, we sometimes underestimate the influence we wield in our homes. Our Passion is to "Ignite the Fire for Father Engagement".
What would your life be like if you felt celebrated rather than merely tolerated at home?

As a father, I have experienced the void created by my absence. I know what it's like to chase success in the workplace while your family falls to second place.

This is a podcast for Hard working Fathers looking to level up the Fathering skills and be more than just a paycheck or provider for the home. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/david-mendonca/support

The Show UP Dad David Mendonca

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As Fathers, we sometimes underestimate the influence we wield in our homes. Our Passion is to "Ignite the Fire for Father Engagement".
What would your life be like if you felt celebrated rather than merely tolerated at home?

As a father, I have experienced the void created by my absence. I know what it's like to chase success in the workplace while your family falls to second place.

This is a podcast for Hard working Fathers looking to level up the Fathering skills and be more than just a paycheck or provider for the home. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/david-mendonca/support

    Redemption Road: Journeyman Lane Price's Journey of Faith and Fatherhood

    Redemption Road: Journeyman Lane Price's Journey of Faith and Fatherhood

    Lane Price shares his journey of becoming a show up dad and the challenges he faced along the way.

    He grew up in a small town in South Mississippi, hunting and fishing with his dad. His dad, a truck driver, was often on the road, but Lane admired his sacrifice and looked up to him.

    Lane's mom was a hardworking mother who taught him the value of love and the importance of small things.

    Lane also opens up about his struggles with addiction and the trauma he experienced as a child.

    He emphasizes the power of surrendering control to God and the importance of second chances. Lane shares his powerful story of overcoming addiction and finding redemption through God's grace.

    He reflects on the tragic events that led him to rock bottom, including a devastating car accident, losing his job, and attempting suicide.

    Through therapy and a deep connection with God, Lane was able to confront the root causes of his addiction and find healing. He emphasizes the importance of having a strong foundation in faith and the transformative power of God's mercy and grace.

    Lane's story serves as a testament to the possibility of redemption and the importance of relying on God in times of struggle.




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    • 58 min
    "Save the Boys: Navigating the Challenges and Empowering Young Boys"

    "Save the Boys: Navigating the Challenges and Empowering Young Boys"

    Summary

    In this episode of The Show-Up Dad, Stephen L. Meeks and Marcus Meazzo discuss the importance of restoring true manhood and helping men and boys navigate the challenges of manhood in today's society. They emphasize the need for fathers to show up, be present, and make a positive impact in their children's lives. They also address the concerns of women and explain how empowering men benefits women as well. The guests highlight the key challenges young boys face in society, such as extended adolescence, father absence or disengagement, and the lack of clear definitions of manhood. They stress the importance of delighting in children and modeling true masculinity. The conversation focused on the importance of fatherhood and mentorship in shaping boys into men. The speakers emphasized the need for fathers to be present and actively involved in their sons' lives, providing guidance, acceptance, and a sense of belonging. They discussed the power of words and the importance of affirming a boy's character and potential. The concept of mentorship was highlighted as a way to fill the void for boys who don't have a father figure. The speakers shared personal stories and practical steps for fathers to support and empower their sons on their journey to manhood.


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    • 59 min
    "Empowering Parents: Taking Back Our Children's Education with Jessica Tapia"

    "Empowering Parents: Taking Back Our Children's Education with Jessica Tapia"

    Summary:

    Jessica Tapia shares her experience of wrongful termination from her teaching position due to her Christian conservative beliefs. She clarifies misconceptions and explains that her termination was not related to transgender students or pronoun usage. Jessica discusses the reactive approach of the education system and the prioritization of students' feelings over facts. She highlights the importance of parental involvement and the need to hold the line when it comes to certain issues.Jessica ultimately decides to take a stand and expose the injustice she faced, leading to a religious accommodation meeting with her school district. In this conversation, Jessica Tapia shares her experience of standing firm in her faith as a teacher and the challenges she faced due to her religious beliefs.She discusses the religious accommodation meeting she had with her school district and the issue of gender identity in schools. Jessica also talks about her termination and how she surrendered to God's plan for her life.She emphasizes the importance of parental involvement in education and encourages parents to take back their children's education. Jessica shares practical ways for fathers to actively participate in their children's education and highlights the power of intentional parenting.




    The education system can be reactive and prioritize students' feelings over facts.
    Parental involvement is crucial in addressing sensitive issues in schools.
    Religious accommodation should be respected and upheld in the workplace.
    Taking a stand against injustice requires courage and a commitment to exposing evil. Stand firm in your faith and let your yes be yes and your no be no.
    Take ownership of your children's education and be actively involved in their upbringing.
    Courage is contagious, and it is important to support and encourage one another in standing for truth.
    Technology should be used wisely in parenting, and parents should be intentional in guiding their children's use of technology.
    Fathers play a unique and important role in parenting, and their involvement is crucial for the well-being and upbringing of their children.

    00:31Introduction of Guest and Show Up Dad Foundation

    01:27Jessica's Background and Unexpected Turn of Events

    03:16Misconceptions and Clarification

    04:05Expressing Opinions on Social Media

    05:08Students' Perception and Allegations

    06:23Investigation and Administrative Leave

    07:10Response from the District

    08:34Directives and Conflict of Beliefs

    10:21 Impact on Students and Religious Accommodation

    12:30Decision-Making Process

    13:44Reactive Approach and Student-Centric Focus

    14:45Importance of Parental Involvement

    15:19Challenges and Emotional Turmoil

    18:06Transgender Rights and Special Treatment1

    9:05Religious Accommodation Meeting

    20:09Unanswered Questions and Unclear Expectations

    22:30Impact on Students and Personal Experience

    24:00Options and Decision-Making Process

    25:27Exposing Evil and Taking a Stand

    27:11Religious Accommodation Meeting

    29:37Questions about Faith and Accommodation

    31:11Standing Firm in Faith

    32:10Religious Accommodation Meeting

    32:38The Issue of Gender Identity

    33:08The Muddy Waters of Gender Identity

    33:39Termination and Surrendering to God's Plan

    34:07Preparation for the Journey

    35:05The Importance of Parental Involvement in Education

    37:27 Taking Back Our Children

    39:02Getting Involved in Education

    40:24Courage and Impact

    41:15Encouraging Fathers to Participate in Education

    42:13The Role of Technology in Parenting

    43:24The Power of Intentional Parenting

    44:19The Responsibility of Christian Schools

    45:35Teaching Children the Word of God

    46:41Encouraging Fathers to Be Intentional

    47:10The Importance of Fathers in Parenting

    48:06The Influence of a Godly Family

    49:23Being Intentional with Limited Time

    51:05Encouraging Fathers to Embrace Their Role

    52:22The Impact of Fathers in Raising Children

    53:47The Power of Prayer and Intentional

    • 59 min
    "Faith, Family, and Flourishing: Unleashing the Power Within with Jared Haley"

    "Faith, Family, and Flourishing: Unleashing the Power Within with Jared Haley"

    Summary:

    In this episode, host David Mendonca interviews Jared Haley, a pastor and public speaker, about the importance of strong faith and healthy families.

    They discuss the challenges parents face in managing their children's digital media and technology usage and how to strike a healthy balance.

    They emphasize the need for intentional discipleship and training in raising children, as well as the importance of vulnerability and acknowledging mistakes as parents.

    They also highlight the role of the home as the primary training ground and the importance of relying on God's word and the Holy Spirit for guidance. I

    n this conversation, David Mendonca and Jared discuss the importance of being present and engaged as fathers and husbands.

    They emphasize the need for fathers to take responsibility for their role in the family and to prioritize their relationships with their children.

    They also discuss the importance of modeling positive behavior and values for their children. The conversation highlights the impact that fathers can have on their children's development and the importance of discipleship within the family.

    They also discuss the challenges that fathers face in balancing their professional commitments with their role as fathers.

    Takeaways:


    Parents face cultural pressures in managing their children's digital media and technology usage. Striking a healthy balance requires intentional discipleship and training.
    Discipline and discipleship go hand in hand in raising children. It is important to show vulnerability and acknowledge mistakes as parents.
    The home is the primary training ground for children, and parents should rely on God's word and the Holy Spirit for guidance.
    The church should be a place of acceptance and love, not judgment and hypocrisy. God's goodness and love are what lead people to repentance. There are no wasted moves with God. He has a plan for our lives and will transform us if we allow Him to do the work.
    Fathers should not use threats or intimidation to discipline their children. Instead, they should lead with love, respect, and understanding.
    Fathers need to be physically present and engaged with their children. They should prioritize their relationships with their children and be actively involved in their lives.
    Fathers should strive to be consistent in their behavior and values, both at home and in the workplace. Hypocrisy breeds rebellion in children.
    Fathers should support and encourage each other in their journey towards becoming more present and engaged in their role as fathers and husbands.


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    • 57 min
    "Breaking the Mold: Understanding Toxic Masculinity and Embracing Healthy Masculinity".

    "Breaking the Mold: Understanding Toxic Masculinity and Embracing Healthy Masculinity".

    Episode Summary:

    In this episode, host David Mendonca interviews Dr. Steven B. Poulter, a renowned clinical psychologist and advocate for men's mental health.

    They discuss the key issues addressed in Dr. Poulter's book, 'Modern Masculinity,' and explore how shame affects men's lives and relationships.

    The conversation delves into the concept of toxic masculinity and its harmful effects on individuals and society.

    They also emphasize the importance of healthy masculinity, which includes physical, emotional, relationship, and mental/spiritual health.

    The role of fathers and mentors in shaping masculinity is highlighted, as well as the need for male friendships and the impact of the father-son relationship on prejudice.

    The episode concludes with a discussion on healing emotional wounds and taking responsibility for personal growth and change.

    This conversation explores various themes related to masculinity and emotional well-being.

    It highlights the consequences of neglect and emotional bankruptcy, emphasizing the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions.

    The concept of shame as emotional cancer is discussed, along with the impact of ego and spirit on personal growth.

    The role of positive role models and the significance of compassion and forgiveness are also explored.

    The conversation delves into the need for men to separate from their mothers and unplug from the dependency on them.

    Finally, the conversation emphasizes the pioneering spirit of men and the importance of respect in relationships. In this conversation, Dr. Stephan Poulter discusses various topics related to masculinity, respect, and the importance of having a life plan.

    He emphasizes the need for men and women to work together and support each other.

    Dr. Poulter also highlights the cautionary tale of Jeffrey Epstein and the importance of avoiding using money to insulate oneself from living.

    He encourages men to take responsibility, be part of the solution, and continuously learn and evolve. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the importance of courage, asking for help, and reconciling with the father inside oneself.

    Takeaways:


    Toxic masculinity is a result of shame and undeveloped emotional health in men.
    Healthy masculinity includes physical, emotional, relationship, and mental/spiritual health.
    The father-son relationship plays a significant role in shaping masculinity and can contribute to prejudice.
    Men need to listen to their bodies and address emotional issues that manifest physically.
    Building strong male friendships and seeking mentorship are essential for personal growth and support. Neglect and emotional bankruptcy can have severe consequences in personal relationships.
    Shame can be detrimental to emotional well-being and requires intervention.
    Compassion, empathy, and forgiveness are essential for personal growth and healthy relationships.
    Separating from mothers and establishing emotional boundaries is crucial for men's autonomy and healthy relationships.
    The pioneering spirit of men allows for personal growth and the ability to overcome challenges.
    Respect is a fundamental aspect of a successful and fulfilling relationship. Respect is a crucial aspect of a healthy relationship, and it is important for men to earn the respect of their partners.
    Having a life plan and taking responsibility for one's actions are key to personal growth and success.
    Men and women should work together and support each other, rather than viewing each other as enemies.
    Avoid using money and power to exploit others, as it never ends well.
    Continuous learning, evolving, and being part of the solution are essential for personal and societal growth.




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    • 57 min
    "Why we Fight" Life Line,Marriage on the Line Episode.

    "Why we Fight" Life Line,Marriage on the Line Episode.

    Summary:

    In this episode of Marriage on the Line, Lifeline, the hosts explore the reasons behind fights in marriages. They discuss unresolved past issues as a common cause of conflict, where emotional baggage from childhood resurfaces and contributes to present fights. They also delve into the impact of stress and external pressures on marriages, such as work pressures, parenting challenges, and extended family dynamics. The conversation covers the topics of communication breakdown, establishing open and honest communication, overstimulation and understimulation, and how understimulation can lead to picking fights. It emphasizes the importance of effective communication and understanding each other's needs and limitations.

    Takeaways:


    Unresolved past issues from childhood can be an underlying cause of fights in marriages.
    Creating a supportive and understanding environment is crucial to navigate external stressors and pressures.
    Communication and vulnerability are key in addressing conflicts and seeking support from each other.
    Being aware of one's emotions and clarifying needs in conversations can help prevent misunderstandings and provide the right support. Effective communication is crucial in a relationship to avoid misunderstandings, frustration, and arguments.
    Communication is not just verbal, but also includes nonverbal cues and body language.
    Recognizing and addressing overstimulation and understimulation can help prevent fights and improve mental health.
    Finding ways to stimulate oneself and have personal successes can contribute to overall satisfaction in life and the relationship.

    Chapters

    00:00 Unresolved past issues

    03:45 Stress and external pressure

    34:01 Establishing Open and Honest Communication

    34:32 Overstimulation and Understimulation

    39:34 Recognizing Overstimulation

    40:03 Understimulation and Picking Fights


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Customer Reviews

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188 Ratings

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Awesome show

This podcast is not filled with fluff, it talks about the elephant in the room.

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Yes

This show covers every topic that a man, Husband, Father goes thru. No other podcast covers as many topics that the Show Up Dad does.

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Top podcast

I wish I would’ve found this podcast sooner. Such an amazing insight on how blue collar dads can be more present for the kids.

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