Welcome to the Good Men Great Dads Podcast! Good Men Great Dads is a resource for men to foster growth in their personal and professional lives. We want men to learn to be present and engaged and live life with purpose and passion.
Many parents today are feeling the mounting social pressures to get children their own smartphones. My guest today says she was astounded when she saw some kids in her community as young as 1st or 2nd grade with their own smartphones. When she spoke to the other parents in her community, they agreed it was a good idea to delay, but they knew they’d be fighting the norm. They set out to make the choice easier on both parents, and their children by using peer pressure in a positive way.
Brooke Shannon and that group of parents from her daughter’s school banded together to form Wait Until 8th. The organization urges parents to wait until at least 8th grade to give their children their own smartphones. In our discussion, Brooke explains how the pledge works, and why it empowers parents. We also speak about the potential dangers of social media and geotagging and go in depth on some of the downfalls of excessive screen time. We also touch on the psychological reasons wait to give your children smartphones and the research that supports the decision. As we wrap up, Brooke outlines some great resources to help parents and children fulfill the pledge.
My hope is that our discussion will arm you with some talking points for your conversations with other parents in your community. These are not issues our parents had to deal with and resources are somewhat limited. Wait Until 8th provides the tools you need to make an informed decision. Please enjoy.
My guest this week is "The Worlds Toughest Life Long Learner". He's a coach and public speaker, delivering relentless motivation five days a week as the host of the AM Excellence (AMX) and Spaniard 101 podcasts. Using his experiences as a former UFC fighter, 2 time Pennsylvania high school wrestling state runner up, and the winner of season 1 of Spike TV's Joes vs. Pros (among a ridiculously long list of other accomplishments) he offers insight on how to convey excellence in whatever you do.
Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman left his job as a middle school Spanish teacher to pursue a career as an MMA fighter with only two qualifications- a pretty impressive wresting background, and a will to succeed. Not only did he attain his goal of reaching the "big-time" in the UFC, but he fought the best of the best, including Rick Story, Johnny Hendricks, and Erick Silva.
Today we discuss his book, "Driven: My Unlikely Journey from Classroom to Cage", as Charlie shares his story and talks about being the best husband and father he could be while training and developing a career in the UFC. We also discuss the role of family and community in his success, and how he is able to stay true to himself throughout the process. Everything Charlie does is the epitome of hard work and enthusiasm and I think you'll find this interview to be no different.
My guest today has a humbling and inspiring story about love, loss and regrowth. He and his wife, Gina, co- authored the NY Times bestselling book, “The Color of Rain” and co-founded the New Day Foundation for Families (503c) which has raised money to offer financial assistance and emotional support programs to cancer patients and their families. Michael Spehn and family have lived through enough tragedy for 3 lifetimes, and somehow they continue to find ways to turn this heartache into opportunity. Michael and Gina’s story is brutal and uncomfortable, but somehow comforting and encouraging.
Today Michael and I discuss the book “The Color of Rain” and his experiences with death and grief, and how he was able to find the light in the darkness of his experiences. Michael explains that his focus is, and always will be his kids. We discuss dealing with grief, and helping others grieve. How to move forward after a tragedy, and how God is at the center of everything he does. I think whatever your relationship with grief and tragedy may be you'll find this discussion is enlightening and thought provoking.
Surrounding yourself with a network of strong individuals is not a new concept. For centuries leaders, dignitaries, and politicians have held this practice in high regards. Why then, is this not common practice with everyday men like you and I? My guest today contends that every many should build a community around himself not only for his own good. But for the good of his family.
In this episode I speak with Founder and Managing Editor of Stand Magazine, Dwayne Hayes. In his work at Stand, Dwayne has written many articles that outline the skills of building a network. We discuss in depth, how to develop a network of strong individuals who can help you thrive both personally and professionally. We discuss perpetuating healthy communities, we disprove the lone wolf misconception and learn how to recognize the strengths of others, even when they annoy you. As we wrap up we’ll discuss how this ties in to growing as a husband and a father and finally, what to do, and what not to do, when you’re looking to expand your network.
Have you had your share of dealing with disrespectful, unmotivated, irresponsible, or untruthful kids? Are you wondering why you’re navigating through a relationship that is less than it used to be with your wife?
My guest today has made his living for the past 20 years as an authority in the field of parenting and relationships. He and his son have educated over 600,000 families how to take control of their home and regain the respect of their children and spouses. Today I speak with Kirk Martin, Founder of Celebrate Calm. In my discussion with Kirk, we talk about his parenting wake up call, breaking the generational cycle of ineffective parenting, growing in to your leadership position within your home, and a lot more. Kirk goes further in-depth on the three questions most asked by men, and shares some practical knowledge regarding connecting with your kids and wife. Kirk also provides examples and strategies for dealing with many of parentings inconveniences. I think you’ll find his sense of humor and no drama approach are a welcome departure from stuffy relationship experts. Get ready for a healthy dose of truth as you enjoy this weeks episode of the Good Men Great Dads Podcast!