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Fatherhood is fascinating. Let's enjoy the journey. The Positively Dad Podcast is all about supporting dads in becoming amazing leaders, cheerleaders and supporters of their kids, families and partners. We'll learn, grow and be challenged together by connecting with experts on fatherhood and families.
 
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Not all relationships work out. That's not a surprise. What may be a surprise is just how that is impacting our kids. With divorce rates going up during the pandemic, it's important we understand how any conflict with our partner, or former partner, is affecting our children. We talked with Dr. Karey O'Hara from Arizona State University on the ment…
 
Have you ever had a tough day – a super stressful one – and tried to hide it from the kids? After all, we don’t want them to worry, right? Turns out – they can tell. They know when something is up. And, lets’ face it, often times Dads could teach a MasterClass in hiding emotions. Turns out – hiding our emotions and suppressing our stress – is – wel…
 
As we celebrate two years of Positively Dad, we're also are close to another anniversary, a year of COVID in the United States. Our lives have been so different over the last 12 months and it comes with so many challenges. Justin Su'a is all about keeping focused in the face of adversity. He's the mental performance coach with the Tampa Bay Rays an…
 
In this episode we chat with Summer Smith from Yama Yoga Studio and Wellness Center. Summer was a joy to talk with and we had a great time discussing everything from social media, news, politics and of course Yoga. You will be able to tell immediately that Summer has a very authentic and genuine spirit. Listen and let us know what you think! You ca…
 
"I find myself trying to unlearn things that don’t serve any purpose in my life any more…" In this episode we are joined by Darren Jenkins (DJ). Darren is a Peer Coach Recovery Counselor and is also in the process of getting his degreen in Substance Abuse and Mental Disorder Counseling. Darren shares his story of growing up in the South Oak Cliff n…
 
Parents are faced with what feels like an impossible situation... sending kids back to school during a pandemic. It's been a tough choice for many families. Do you send the kids back to the school building, do some type of e-learning or even homeschool? There are many factors at play too... your work situation, the educational needs of your kids, m…
 
It’s back to school time – or is it? Coronavirus has the start of this school year up in the air. As COVID-19 cases rise in most of the country, administrators, teachers, parents and kids are being forced to make tough decisions. We'd like to help as you and your family consider this upcoming school year. We're kicking off this series with a conver…
 
We’ve focused on race in America for our last several episodes. We talked about how we can talk with our kids about what we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks and how we can inspire change. Now it's time to move from inspiration to perspiration. Emerick Peace is a dad of two adult kids and he says now is the time to take action. Don't just talk …
 
Are you accepting to different perspectives? Be careful before you answer. Honestly ask yourself – are you really accepting to different perspectives? Dad of four, Josh Gossard, says that is one way we end racism in America. Josh is a white man, married to a black woman and with four biracial children and a grandson. He says our willingness to acce…
 
We're continuing our series on Race in America with a conversation around inclusion and diversity with Derrick Slack. Derrick is a husband, father, social studies teacher and author. His latest book Orange teaches kids about the importance of being kind and connecting with those who aren't like you. We have a powerful conversation on the state of r…
 
We’re focusing on race in America for the next several episodes. We began our conversation with our last episode. I talked with Andrew Grant-Thomas from EmbraceRace about where we are today and how we can move forward. We talked about how we can talk with our kids about what we've seen over the last 10+ days and the underlying racial injustice that…
 
America is in crisis. 40 million unemployed, 100,000+ dead from Coronavirus and US cities are burning. This is a moment in history unlike we’ve seen in my lifetime. How do you talk about this with your family? How can you use this moment to actually inspire hope and change? We're talking with Andrew Grant-Thomas from Embrace Race, an organization t…
 
It's no doubt that emotions are high right now. COVID-19 has us making change after change in our lives. It's impacting every part of our world and it can be tough on us, our partners and our kids. This week we present an encore conversation with Dr. Marc Brackett from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the author of Permission to Feel.…
 
In this episode, we continue our discussion on the covid virus, going back to work, wearing masks and all the crazy news items. In the second half of the show we get into some talk about what is reality, the universe, religion, god, and life in general. Very woo woo! Let us know what you think! Show links: Woman who was arrested for opening hair sa…
 
Join us in supporting the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center food pantry with the Positively Dad Virtual 5k & Family Fun Run on May 30. In the last two months, Mattie Williams has nearly doubled the number of families it supports. Food is becoming more expensive for the center to purchase and so we've asked Gigglewaters to help. We talk wit…
 
Wil Loesel left his corporate job to become a middle school math teacher. Just six months into his first year in teaching, everything changed. Concerns over COVID-19 shutdown the school and Wil had to move his classes online. What this dad of two didn't realize is that Coronavirus was nothing compared to the battle he was about to fight.…
 
It's a common cause of stress for families... money. The economic impact of COVID-19 isn't helping. Nearly 36 million Americans are out of work and almost 70% of adults in this country say they are worried about money. Jay Gabrini wants to help and his organization, Prepared Fathers, is doing just that. He joins us to share tips on fatherhood and f…
 
We're in challenging times. How are you doing? You know, it's OK to not be OK. Sometimes we feel like we have to be the strong dad when we may be struggling inside. This week we're talking with Mark Williams about our mental well-being. He is part of an organization called Fathers Reaching Out and specializes in mental health, fathers and family.…
 
No doubt you’d like your kids to grow up to become amazing, successful and happy adults. That’s the end goal of being a dad, right?!?! To set your kids up for success in life. So are you doing that? You likely think you are. Audrey Monke says summer camp is a great parenting model. She wrote Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids who…
 
This is a bonus episode where James and Derrick shoot the breeze after being stuck in the house for weeks. We discuss Covid 19, ways to keep your sanity while social distancing and much more. Thanks for checking us out and let us know some of the things you are doing to keep your sanity! Social Rantings Podcast Instagram Show Notes: 'Girl' used to …
 
Brian Lewis is a dad of three and wants is kids to grow up in an uplifting home. That can be tough at times and he and his wife work really hard to keep things positive. Brian shares how they believe we can build a true connection with our kids. It's a follow up to the episode we did with Brian's wife, Katherine Reynolds Lewis on behavior and one t…
 
Social distancing is a way of life right now. We're staying home and away from others. What is the impact on our kids and teens? It's may not be a big issue for young kids. It can be one for school age kids and only children. Dr. Amy Learmonth from William Paterson University shares what parents should know about how social distancing could make ki…
 
Your kids are home from school, most of their after school events are cancelled, they don't get to play with their friends as much, so what do you do? Many parents are worried about kids over-using technology and spending too much time on screens. We talked with Dr. Jordan Shapiro, author of The New Childhood about screen use right now. Is it the b…
 
Let’s talk about our kids, their behavior, their decision making and how we’re helping them and holding them back. The days of, “because I’m the dad” are over. The research shows that style of parenting just doesn’t work. Spanking, screaming – even the time out – are out. So what do we do? How do we as parents teach our kids to grow into great peop…
 
You already know, family life is very different right now. More people are working from home, nearly every American child is out of school, families are making massive adjustments to make it all work. It turns out the adjustments we're being forced to make may actually be good for our families. Dr. Matthias Doepke from Northwestern University and a…
 
We’re in challenging times People are losing jobs at a record rate, small businesses are closing, your kids are away from their friends. You may be nervous, uncertain or scared. You may be wondering when it will “go back to normal.” Your faith may be tested. Today we're talking with Pastor Willy Rice from Calvary Church in Clearwater, Florida, on h…
 
90% of children across the world are out of school. No recess, no PE, no extracurricular activities. That means we get to work together as a family to stay fit and healthy. We talked with Chris Wright of the Youth Sport Trust in the UK about why it's important that we keep moving. He shared some great resources that will help you and your family.…
 
It was a message in our group chat, "How are you doing?" A friend wanted to know how we were coping through life today. It was a great question and one we figured we could answer together. Today we talk with two great dads, Scott Stevens and Robert Eaton about how they're living during Coronavirus.By James Shaw
 
Our lives have been thrown upside down. It's been tough for many families and you may be a bit more stressed. How can we help our kids, teens and family cope? We talked with Dr. Kelly Tu from the University of Illinois about how we can get through this and how to manage the feelings and stress our entire family may be experiencing.…
 
It's a different time. We're all being asked to make sacrifices as we look to battle COVID-19. School is out, you're working from home, events are cancelled. It' kinda stinks. Our view of this situation has changed over the last couple weeks and we thought we'd share how we're looking at it as a family. We trust that you are making the best choices…
 
Nearly every school system in the country is closed and now you're a home school parent. Some parents are worried about how to make it work or what the day should look like. Others are nervous about their child getting behind or not doing enough learning during the day. We asked a 12 year elementary teacher to help us set up our kids and families f…
 
We're entering a new normal. Schools closed, sports suspended, concerts rescheduled. Life as we knew it is hitting the pause button and we're in new times. How can we help our kids and ourselves during the Coronavirus outbreak? Dr. Rebecca Schrag Hersberg is an expert on parenting and she shares some things we can think about that will help our fam…
 
Nearly 5 million American kids are out of school as the government looks to stop the spread of the deadly Coronavirus. How can parents make this extended time at home work? Educator and author Dave Schmittou joins us in a special edition of Positively Dad to help parents make the most of this time.By James Shaw
 
Life gets busy and keeping things moving with the family is tough for many. That's why some American families turn to an au pair for help. That's what Chris and Nicole Lessard decided to do to help with their three children and their busy schedules. There are so many misunderstandings about an au pair does and how the process works. Chris shares ho…
 
We all desire a dynamic relationship with our family. It's not easy. Truly having strong and healthy relationships can come with challenges. Dr. Matt Townsend is an expert on relationships and his book Starved Stuff shows us how we can have great ones with our partner, children, friends - just about anyone. He'll share the seven basic needs of heal…
 
Our kids, especially our daughters, are more stressed than ever. Some of that stress is good, it helps them grow and learn - like the stress over taking a test or learning something new. So when can it move past the good and into something where we should be concerned? How can we support our daughters in getting through the normal anxieties of life…
 
It's our one year anniversary and it's time to celebrate! Thank you for supporting Positively Dad and our mission to help you become a better parent, partner and person. We thought we'd celebrate today by going back to the beginning and sharing an encore of our first episode. A Dad's role is changing. You’re spending more time with your family, hel…
 
Michael Flores' dad wasn’t around when he was growing up. In fact, Michael says that his dad "left and never looked back." Unfortunately, that’s the story for many kids in the country – dads who, for some reason or another, just aren’t there. We’ve talked to several dads who have similar stories and every single one of them tells me it’s their goal…
 
Yes, we just want to help. We want our kids to realize things aren’t as bad as they think. We have so much more experience… if they would only listen. It’s something we think often and it’s making us struggle in connecting with your kids. And then the older our kids get, the less effective this type of parenting can be. Dr. Kelly Tu from the Univer…
 
Mark Solomon is a member of the U.S. Navy Reserves and he’s getting ready for a year away from his family in service to our country. That means he’ll be away from his wife and two teenage boys for a year of school, holidays and moments. It's the story nearly two million American families experience. What does that look like? How do you share with y…
 
Do you ever feel like life is the same story – different day? Day after day after day is the same – with no real sense of direction or purpose. Or maybe you do feel like you’re living on purpose and even more clarity or direction could help you. Think about what life is like for your kids when they know why they’re here and what their life should b…
 
If you'd ask Jon and Brittany Brooks they'd tell you their life is awesome. Great marriage, successful business and a new baby girl. They'd also admit that the last year has been a "beautiful disaster." Jon and Brittany joined us to share their story of the last year and all they've learned about balancing family and business.…
 
If you’ve been listening to us for a while, you know that learning about others, understanding diversity and getting to know people from different cultures, religions and backgrounds, is important to us as a family. Saadia Faruqi is the author of the popular Yasmin children’s books and her mission is to educate others about different cultures, reli…
 
New dad Glen Bulloss couldn't figure out why he wasn't happy after he became a dad. What was supposed to be an amazing time in his life didn't feel like one. It turns out he, like many new parents, suffered from postpartum depression. Yes, dads experience it too. One study says it's actually just as common with dads as moms. Glen listened to an ear…
 
The entire world was shocked with Sunday's news. Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in southern California. Since then we've heard so many stories about how important being a father was to Kobe. One man got an up close look at Kobe the dad. His name is Russ Davis and he's the head coach of the women's baske…
 
We're just about a month into a new year. How's it going? Chances are you planned to make some changes in 2020, yet most people fail to pull off those New Year's resolutions. Pastor Mike Ashcraft was curious on why so many fail and decided to change things. Instead of focusing on a resolution he chose to pick just one word for the year. A word that…
 
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