Project Rad Dad

The Rad Dad Collective

As fathers, we're often expected to be the rock of our family and yet doing so requires us to also be supported. Each episode we meet a new Rad Dad willing to share their unique joys and struggles of fatherhood. If you want to be the best father you can be for yourself and for your family, this show is for you. read less
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Crafting Stability in a Co-Parenting Dynamic | 010
25-04-2024
Crafting Stability in a Co-Parenting Dynamic | 010
Join Braden and fellow dad, Neal, as they converse about their experiences as single fathers navigating co-parenting. The dads delve into the technicalities of separation agreements, the need for legal and emotional flexibility, and the role of clear communication. Neal emphasizes his role as a family leader, confronting fears and ensuring his children's welfare remains central. They explore the challenges of co-parenting, the impact of divorce on their identities and emotional well-being, and the value of external support systems like the Rad Dad Collective. Emphasizing a gradual approach to healing and relationship-building with ex-partners, Braden and Neal highlight the necessity of support, flexibility, and boundaries for the sake of their children's future.HighlightsManaging personal emotions post-separationBuilding a co-parenting communityThe importance of relinquishing control and managing fears related to children's custodyNurturing Relationships for Children's Well-beingAdjusting to new boundaries, privacy, and intimacy post-divorceApproaching co-parenting with integrity and accountabilityGradual comfort with ex-partners in shared spacesThe critical role of safety, peace, and flexibility in family dynamicsTo Learn More:Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.orgSign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.comFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raddadcollective/Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/theRadDadCollectiveThanks for listening!Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below!Subscribe to the podcastIf you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. You can also subscribe in your favorite podcast app.Leave us an Apple Podcasts reviewRatings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on Apple Podcasts, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on Apple Podcasts.
Letting Kids Lead: Understanding the Parental Role in Decision Making | 009
18-04-2024
Letting Kids Lead: Understanding the Parental Role in Decision Making | 009
Take a dive into fatherhood and supporting children's decision-making processes as Matthew sits down with his guest, Mike.  Matthew shares insights on the significant role of various advisors, including peers, in a child's life, while Mike talks about the highs and lows of connecting with his teenagers. They both emphasize the importance of empowering their children, balanced with setting appropriate boundaries. They touch on the future of parenting in terms of more empathetic communication and attunement to children's non-verbal cues. They both discuss the considerations needed when children decide to step away from commitments due to changes in passion or circumstances. Overall, the episode is a rich reflection on the nuances of fatherly guidance and respect for a child’s autonomy.HighlightsThe significance of empowering children to make decisionsValuing diverse sources of advice, from peers to coaches, in guiding children's decision-making processes.Personal reflections on parenting tendencies and the efforts to foster open communication with childrenBalancing parental control with children's freedom within set boundaries.Understanding and supporting children's changing interests,Envisioning the evolution of parenting, with a focus on deeper respect, communication, and recognition of children's subtle signals and expressions.To Learn More:Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.orgSign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.comFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raddadcollective/Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/theRadDadCollectiveThanks for listening!Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below!Subscribe to the podcastIf you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. You can also subscribe in your favorite podcast app.Leave us an Apple Podcasts reviewRatings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on Apple Podcasts, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on Apple Podcasts.
Balancing Parental Impulses: Instinct vs Insight | 008
11-04-2024
Balancing Parental Impulses: Instinct vs Insight | 008
Matthew and Michael candidly explore the emotional challenges of fatherhood. They discuss how negative energy from outbursts can affect a home, the struggle to keep parental control, and the importance of being present with children. Personal stories reveal their battles with emotion, identity shifts after becoming fathers, and the impulse to maintain authority.  Both emphasize the fleeting nature of childhood, advocating for appreciation amid frustration. The conversation underscores the themes of regulating emotions, the struggle against the pull of negative feelings, and the impact on children's perceptions of their parents. The episode is a candid look at the intricacies of fatherhood, the work of self-awareness, and the impact of parental behavior on family dynamics.HighlightsHow negative outbursts linger in the environment.The pitfalls of attempting to control children.The impact of these parental impulses on the parent-child relationshipThe repetition of negative feelings and habits in parenting.The importance of being present for meaningful connection with children.Motivations behind parenting impulses led by fear and lack of control.How parental stress manifests in children's behaviors.The importance of addressing issues in a calm state to avoid escalation.To Learn More:Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.orgSign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.comFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raddadcollective/Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/theRadDadCollectiveThanks for listening!Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below!Subscribe to the podcastIf you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. You can also subscribe in your favorite podcast app.Leave us an Apple Podcasts reviewRatings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on Apple Podcasts, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on Apple Podcasts.
The Transition into Becoming a Father | 007
04-04-2024
The Transition into Becoming a Father | 007
Join Matthew and Will as they explore the profound journey of transitioning into fatherhood. They share deeply personal experiences, from the emotional whirlwind of childbirth to the redefinition of personal identity that parenting demands. Both dads delve into the emotional and mental shifts involved in fatherhood, confronting challenges such as depression and a longing for self-actualization. They find solace and strength in each other's stories, recognizing the ripple effect their upbringing has on their children and wider society. Emphasizing connection over control, they celebrate the small victories and the overarching adventure of raising children who will shape the future.HighlightsThe rapid emotional maturity required in fatherhood.The need for involvement of both parents in child-rearing.The value of sharing experiences and advice among fathers.Being present and fully connected with your child.The importance of surrendering control and the lasting influence of their actions as fathers.Finding a rhythm in parenting.Bringing humor and joy into the routine of family life.To Learn More:Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.orgSign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.comFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raddadcollective/Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/theRadDadCollectiveThanks for listening!Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below!Subscribe to the podcastIf you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. You can also subscribe in your favorite podcast app.Leave us an Apple Podcasts reviewRatings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on Apple Podcasts, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on Apple Podcasts.
Building a Strong Parenting Partnership amid Personal Evolution | 006
28-03-2024
Building a Strong Parenting Partnership amid Personal Evolution | 006
Explore the dynamics of parenting and the importance of communication with dads, Matthew and John. They discuss the challenges of evolving personal identities while managing co-parenting responsibilities, addressing both minor daily disputes and larger issues like financial decisions. The duo recognizes their efforts in personal reflection and growth, believing this directly benefits their children's understanding of dealing with life's challenges. The conversation encapsulates the nuances of communication, emotional intelligence, and the impact of parents' personal development on their child's growth. Rising to these challenges, they emphasize the need for personal growth and nurturing their relationships to remain vibrant role models for their children.HighlightsThe parallels between communication skills in parenting and in adult relationships.Ensuring underlying emotional needs are met.The significance of presence and a nonjudgmental approach in parenting.Shared responsibilities and respecting each other's parental roles.Strategies for repair processes during conflicts, with a focus on active listening and empathy.The impact on children when parents value reflection and personal growth.Finding time for self-care and personal interests amidst parenting duties.To Learn More:Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.orgSign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.comFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raddadcollective/Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/theRadDadCollectiveThanks for listening!Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below!Subscribe to the podcastIf you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. You can also subscribe in your favorite podcast app.Leave us an Apple Podcasts reviewRatings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on Apple Podcasts, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on Apple Podcasts.
Breaking the Cycle: Managing, Embracing and Integrating Anger as a Father | 005
21-03-2024
Breaking the Cycle: Managing, Embracing and Integrating Anger as a Father | 005
Anger can be such a confusing emotion for some dads. Matthew and his guest Byron, engage in a candid discussion about anger management in parenting. Matthew shares methods for diffusing anger through play with his child, while Byron considers the benefits of anger for personal clarity and action. They contemplate the transformation of anger and the importance of playful energy in fatherhood. Both dads acknowledge the struggle with their anger and its origins, aspiring to heal past patterns and create healthier relationships with their children. Uncover the parental challenges they have faced, such as homeschooling, setting boundaries, and finding time for spouses, underscoring the complexities of managing familial and emotional spaces.HighlightsEmbracing anger as a part of parenthood.Reflections on childhood experiences and their effect on current triggers.Using anger to drive positive change and challenge the status quo.Importance of keeping emotions separate from punishment and disciplineThe goal of embodying a different model of behavior for their childrenThe shame around anger and its effectsShifting self-relationships to positively impact relationships with childrenTo Learn More:Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.orgSign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.comFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raddadcollective/Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/theRadDadCollectiveThanks for listening!Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below!Subscribe to the podcastIf you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. You can also subscribe in your favorite podcast app.Leave us an Apple Podcasts reviewRatings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on Apple Podcasts, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on Apple Podcasts.
Nurture Strong Bonds with Your Child by Asking Yourself these 4 Questions | 004
14-03-2024
Nurture Strong Bonds with Your Child by Asking Yourself these 4 Questions | 004
As a parent, it’s easy to get stuck in the role of managing our children, or enforcing rules, or generally corralling our kids in one way or another. But what about our relationship with them?Matthew sits down with fellow dad, Jeff, as they delve into the heartfelt and complex journey of fatherhood. They discuss their personal challenges and growth, from managing patience and punctuality to navigating the evolving needs of their children throughout different stages of life. Together they reflect on four questions to help them define their relationships with their children.  Listen to discover what they have learned from both their children and the Rad Dad Collective. HighlightsMaintaining relevance and support as children grow older.Insights on the division of parental responsibilitiesFostering mutual respect and encouraging independenceThe importance of being present and connected to their lives into adulthood.The evolving role of fathers in providing emotional support.Importance of shared joyful experiences in strengthening parent-child bonds.To Learn More:Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.org/Sign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.comFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raddadcollective/Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/theRadDadCollectiveThanks for listening!Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below!Subscribe to the podcastIf you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. You can also subscribe in your favorite podcast app.Leave us an Apple Podcasts reviewRatings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on Apple Podcasts, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on Apple Podcasts.
Overcome Your Objections and Find Strength in Fatherhood Support | 003
07-03-2024
Overcome Your Objections and Find Strength in Fatherhood Support | 003
What’s holding you back from joining a father support group like the Rad Dad Collective?Matthew sits down with fellow dads, Braden and Adrian, to discuss the challenges and fears they faced when considering joining a support group for fathers. After a Circle Check In, the conversation centers around the hesitations, perceived risks, and wonders they had prior to entering their first dad circle meeting, shedding light on their personal journeys and experiences. From navigating high school stress with teenage kids to coaching sports while juggling busy schedules and screen time, the dads share their authentic and candid check-ins that ultimately led to their decisions to join and remain active in the Rad Dad Circle. Together, they explore the barriers they overcame and the unexpected benefits they gained from their support circle experiences. Join us as we uncover the real-life challenges and triumphs of modern fatherhood.HighlightsConcerns about speaking in a group of men and the fear of being judged, as well as the hesitation to talk about the challenges of parenting openly.Worries about the format of the support group calls, potential interruptions, and the risk of adding more to their lives.The importance of investing in personal development and the positive impact of the group on his overall well-being and parenting journey.The positive impact of joining a dad's circle, overcoming barriers, and finding support and understanding from other fathers.To Learn More:Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.org/Sign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.comFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raddadcollective/Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/theRadDadCollectiveThanks for listening!Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below!Subscribe to the podcastIf you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. You can also subscribe in your favorite podcast app.Leave us an Apple Podcasts reviewRatings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on Apple Podcasts, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on Apple Podcasts.
Rad Dad Circle Life: Embracing Challenges with Support | 002
07-03-2024
Rad Dad Circle Life: Embracing Challenges with Support | 002
Have you wondered what a Rad Dad Circle discussion is like?  In this episode we will give you a taste of Circle Life. Engage in a heartfelt discussion about the thrills and challenges of fatherhood as Sean, Matthew, and Braden reflect on their own growth that arose from focusing on love.Together they engage in an honest dialogue about the ups and downs in their relationships and parenting, the nuances of navigating post-divorce life, and the idea that despite the urge to fantasize about alternate situations, embracing the present moment and seeking support can lead to a more fulfilling experience as a dad. Throughout the episode, they highlight the potential pitfalls of 'checking out' during tough times and falling into addiction, as well as the unique benefits of online support groups.HighlightsThe struggle of balancing attention and presence as a parentNavigating the transition from marriage to divorce as an ongoing relationship with childrenThe "grass is always greener" syndrome in the context of relationships and family lifeThe importance of self-kindnessThe evolution of fatherhood from providing love to fostering skill developmentThe unique support and connections made through online interactions within the Rad Dad CircleTo Learn More:Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.org/Sign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.comFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raddadcollective/Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/theRadDadCollectiveThanks for listening!Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below!Subscribe to the podcastIf you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. You can also subscribe in your favorite podcast app.Leave us an Apple Podcasts reviewRatings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on Apple Podcasts, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on Apple Podcasts.
Power in Community: The Origin of the Rad Dad Collective | 001
07-03-2024
Power in Community: The Origin of the Rad Dad Collective | 001
Welcome to the premier episode of Project Rad Dad!  Your hosts Matthew Sloane, Sean Aiken, and David Stegman delve into the origins of the Rad Dad Collective. Listen in as they share their deeply personal experiences as fathers before the collective was formed, revealing the chaotic and overwhelming moments of early fatherhood and the pivotal events that led them to seek support and guidance. They explore the profound transformation that occurred as they formed a community of fathers, and the impact it has had on their lives. Through their journey in becoming what is now the Rad Dad Collective, they offer a unique perspective on the importance of this community, highlighting how it has provided them with the much-needed support, wisdom, and connection as fathers. HighlightsReflection on the role of fathers and the importance of the collective in individual livesThe value of intentional time and connection with other dadsThe significant role that the Collective has played in parentingThe emotional impact of being part of a supportive community of fathersTo Learn More:Connect with us at the Rad Dad Collective: https://www.raddadcollective.org/Sign up for Matthew’s Fatherhood Dojo Newsletter: https://www.fatherhood-dojo.comFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raddadcollective/Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/theRadDadCollectiveThanks for listening!Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below!Subscribe to the podcastIf you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. You can also subscribe in your favorite podcast app.Leave us an Apple Podcasts reviewRatings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on Apple Podcasts, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on Apple Podcasts.