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Last week, I got interviewed by the guys behind the dad podcast Wake. Dad. Drink. Repeat. That’s Mike Smith and Anthony Palmer, both dads, both very funny, and both doing very good work to support dads. There are a ton of dad podcasts out there, but this one is fantastic and I was really excited to talk to them. You can hear it here.
We talked about my bizarre childhood growing up with a bipolar stepdad and a mother guided by voices in her head. The best way I knew to survive the abuse and constant change (we moved 11 times before I graduated high school) was to spend time in the outdoors. And this is why I started Wilderdad. I know firsthand how healing the outdoors can be. Not only that, but spending time in the outdoors teaches us all kinds of lessons. Self-reliance, self-confidence, creativity, you name it. Now that I’m a dad, I also see firsthand how the outdoors helps kids grow and brings families together.
We also talked about my definition of Today’s Dad. It’s a really interesting question that Mike and Anthony ask every guest on their dad podcast. You can check out all 50+ Today’s Dad definitions here >
My definition of Today’s Dad comes down to one word. Involved. I meet a lot of dads through my Wilderdads Instagram page, and Facebook, and even just from dads reaching out to me through my Wilderdad website. And what I see is that we are in the middle of a dad revolution. The best dads out there, all over the world, are striving for an equal partnership in raising kids and building a happy home.
And we do this by helping our kids get ready for school, sharing in housework, making dinner, helping with homework, planning family adventures, getting outdoors, and reading bedtime stories.
Most importantly, Today’s Dad is there for our kids emotionally. Today’s Dad doesn’t bottle up emotions and check out. They help kids navigate feelings by sharing their own and showing them that it’s OK to be scared, worried, sad, happy, and angry. It’s just part of being a complete person.
Those are some highlights for you from the Wake. Dad. Drink. Repeat interview. I hope you’ll give it a listen and share with your friends. Check out some of their other dad podcasts too. I especially like their interview with bladesmith and Forged in Fire champ, John Phillips, and their interview with professional mountain athlete and co-founder of Flying Kites, Mike Chambers.
Listen to the full dad podcast interview here >