A Dad's Path is the go-to podcast for dads with young kids. Hosted by Will Braunstein, a dad on a mission to learn what it takes to be a good father, this show is packed with approachable, fun, and provocative content to help you navigate the ups and downs of fatherhood. From recognizing opportunities to be the best dad you can be, to staying confident and in control, A Dad's Path is here to help you make the most of every moment. Join Will and his guests as they share real-life solutions to everyday challenges. Subscribe now and start your path to being the best dad you can be.
#92 - Winning at Parenting: The Sports Edition
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40:10Dive into an enlightening conversation with Kirsten Jones, renowned peak performance and sports parenting coach, as she shares her expertise on raising empowered athletes. Key Takeaways: Emphasizing fun, friends, and fundamentals in youth sports. The role of sports in teaching valuable life skills beyond physical abilities. Strategies for parents to balance competition with enjoyment. How sports can serve as a tool for personal growth and development. Why Listen? Discover how to nurture your child's athletic journey with a focus on personal growth, lifelong activity, and the joy of sports. Whether your kids want to start playing a sport, are in competitive leagues, or play for fun, this episode offers practical advice for fostering a healthy, balanced approach to sports parenting. Kirsten is the author of Raising Empowered Athletes and the co-host of the Raising Athletes Podcast.
#91 - The Gift of Failure: The Key to Unlocking Your Child's Potential
56:12Dive into a fascinating discussion with Jessica Lahey, author of "The Gift of Failure," as we explore the critical importance of allowing our children to encounter and learn from their failures. We discuss the essential role of challenges in developing resilience, independence, and a growth mindset in our kids. Key Takeaways: Embracing failure as a pivotal learning tool. The impact of overparenting on children’s motivation and learning. Strategies to foster intrinsic motivation and a love for learning. The significance of setting clear expectations and logical consequences. Practical tips for encouraging autonomy and competence in everyday parenting. Why Listen? Uncover actionable ideas and strategies to guide your children through their failures to success. Learn how to step back and let your kids navigate challenges, fostering resilience and self-efficacy that will serve them throughout their lives. This episode is a must-listen for parents seeking to empower their children to reach their full potential.
#90 - The Co-Parenting Blueprint: For Married and Divorced Dads with Aurisha Smolarski
41:44Aurisha Smolarski is the author of "Cooperative Co-Parenting for Secure Kids." We explore the world of co-parenting with insights that bridge the gap between married and divorced dads. This episode delves into creating a supportive environment for children, regardless of family structure. Key Takeaways: Strategies for effective communication between co-parents. Tips for maintaining a positive relationship with your children and co-parent. The importance of setting consistent rules and boundaries across households. How married dads can support co-parenting dynamics within their own partnerships. Building a network of support to navigate the challenges of co-parenting. Why Listen? Gain practical advice and emotional support to enhance your co-parenting journey. Whether you're navigating co-parenting after divorce or seeking harmony in a blended family, this episode offers a wealth of knowledge to help you succeed.
#89 - Growing Up in Public: Like it or not, your kids are coming of age in a digital world
38:14Today, we speak with Dr. Devorah Heitner, the author of "Growing Up in Public: Coming of Age in a Digital World." We discuss the complexities of parenting in the digital age, offering practical advice for navigating the challenges of raising children in a world dominated by social media and digital interactions. Key Topics: The impact of social media on children's development and family dynamics. Strategies for managing screen time and understanding different types of digital engagement. Guidelines for addressing exposure to inappropriate content, including pornography. The importance of open communication and setting boundaries in digital use. Tools and tips for helping children build a healthy online identity. Why Listen? Like it or not, your kids will be online. Learn how to create a balanced digital environment at home, foster open conversations about digital experiences, and guide your children in building a positive online presence. This episode is a valuable resource for any parent striving to navigate the digital world with their children. 🚀
#88 - Mastering Addictions: Life-Altering Strategies with Dr. Robb Kelly
42:45Join host Will Braunstein as he explores the universal struggle with addiction (of all kinds) with Dr. Robb Kelly, a recovered alcoholic and addiction specialist. Dr. Kelly shares his journey from addiction to success in helping others. Hear an inspiring story of redemption and learn practical ideas on dealing with addiction, both as an individual and as a parent. Plus, don't miss Dr. Kelly's simple but life-changing 3-part morning routine, a tool that could revolutionize your daily life. You can learn more about Robb and "Rewiring brains for success" at https://robbkelly.com. A must-listen for anyone seeking transformative strategies to combat addiction and improve their role as a parent. 🚀
#87 - Identity Shifts From Individual to Father: A Psychotherapist's Perspective
41:37Becoming a dad can profoundly transform a man's identity. In this episode of "A Dad's Path," host Will Braunstein explores this transformative journey with psychotherapist Stephen Rowley, Ph.D. Their conversation delves into themes of identity, childhood trauma, and the complex roles fathers play in personal and family growth. Key Topics: Identity Search Childhood Trauma and Psychological Impacts Fatherhood's Influence on Personal Growth Life Challenges and Resilience Parenting Wisdom for Modern Dads Discover how fatherhood reshapes personal identity. This episode offers a blend of personal anecdotes, professional insights, and relatable stories that will resonate with dads at all stages of their journey. 🌟
#86 - Breaking the Cycle: Fatherhood Lessons with Reverend Dr. Stewart Perrilliat
35:36Host Will Braunstein chats with Reverend Dr. Stewart Perrilliat, a figure of resilience and inspiration, from Oakland's streets to a leader in the Marine Corps and now a guiding light in the 'Man to Man Urban Youth Advocate' program. An author and an ordained Reverend at Allen Temple Baptist Church, Stewart performs prison ministry, serving the men who have been incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison since 1995. ✨ Key Topics: The Power of a Simply Being There: Exploring the impact of fatherlessness and the importance of physical presence. 👨👦 Learning from Adversity: Dr. Stuart's personal journey and its influence on his views on fatherhood. 🛠️ Advice for Dads: Real-world tips on being an active, engaged, and consistent father. 📚 👍 Why Listen? Gain insights into overcoming the challenges of fatherhood. Learn how to be a more effective and present dad. Be inspired by Dr. Stuart's transformative journey and lessons. 💡
#85 - Wayne's Walk: From San Quentin to Empowered Parenthood
38:15🚀 In this episode of "A Dad's Path," we sit down with Wayne Boatwright, a father with an extraordinary story of resilience, an Ivy League-educated attorney, and a former inmate at San Quentin. Wayne shares his journey of navigating fatherhood under challenging circumstances, offering a raw and inspiring perspective on the power of redemption and the importance of staying connected to your children, no matter the situation. 🔑 Key Takeaways: The profound impact of incarceration on fatherhood and family dynamics. Strategies for maintaining a strong bond with children, even from behind bars. Lessons learned from adversity and how they can be applied to become a better dad. Wayne's personal journey of transformation and what it truly means to be a present and engaged father. 🔎 Topics Covered: 1️⃣ Incarceration and Fatherhood: Insights into how being in prison affected Wayne’s relationship with his kids and the lessons he learned. 2️⃣ Maintaining Connections: Practical advice for dads on how to stay connected with their children, even in the toughest of times. 3️⃣ Learning from Adversity: How facing and overcoming challenges can lead to personal growth and a stronger bond with your children. 4️⃣ The Power of Presence: Emphasizing the importance of being an active and present father and its positive impact on your children’s lives. 👊 Enjoy this episode!
#84 - Unlocking Your Kid's Brain: Elevating Child Development with Dr. Rebecca Jackson
36:29Understanding your child's brain can be the key to unlocking their full potential. In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Rebecca Jackson, an expert in child development and author of "Back on Track: A Practical Guide to Help Kids of All Ages Thrive." 🧠 Key Takeaways: The importance of sensory experiences in shaping emotional circuitry. The role of stress and anxiety in both parents and kids and how to manage it. The impact of the pandemic on developmental milestones and how to mitigate its effects. Practical, actionable strategies for optimizing your child's skills and abilities. 🔍 Topics Covered: 1️⃣ Sensory Perception: How variety in sensory experiences can contribute to emotional maturity. 2️⃣ Stress & Anxiety: The amplifier of all challenges and how to navigate them. 3️⃣ Pandemic Impact: The long-term effects on developmental milestones and how to adapt. 4️⃣ Actionable Advice: Real-world strategies for parents to implement immediately. 📌 Resources: Follow Dr. Rebecca Jackson on Instagram @drrebeccajackson "Back on Track: A Practical Guide to Help Kids of All Ages Thrive" by Dr. Rebecca Jackson. Available wherever books are sold. Brain Balance for Child Assessments. Enjoy this episode and Dad On!
#83 - Dads and the Power of Play: A Conversation with Anna Yudina
34:35Today, we speak with Anna Yudina, an expert on play and toys: it’s literally her job at the Toy Association! Anna shares actionable tips about screen dependence, dives deep into STEAM toys, discusses the difference between structured and unstructured play, and More! Redefine your understanding of play and discover how us dads can make the most of these precious moments. You can also find activities and ideas from the podcast at The Genius of Play. Dad On!