Being isolated as a father is not good for dads. It is also not good for dad’s kids or romantic relationships. Instead of having women in mommy groups and dads going it alone, today’s podcast guest is supporting dads to live a connected dad life!
Many women join mommy groups, or mom and baby groups, after giving birth, while many dads end up alone, without connection or support!
Going it alone does not make for healthy, balanced, inspired dads. Instead, men come to me feeling overwhelmed and lonely. They wonder why they don’t have time for anything other than family and work (and sometimes a bit of gym time).
Today’s Man Alive podcast guest is revamping fatherhood, to shift from isolated to connected fathering. Brian Anderson is the co-founder of Fathering Together, a non-profit organization that empowers thousands of fathers to be agents for positive change. He is also the author of the new book, Fathering Together: Living a Connected Dad Life.
In our inspiring podcast conversation we discussed…
- A new narrative of fatherhood that is working for Brian and many dads in his community
- What it takes to engage in fatherhood as a team sport, rather than a solo one
- The idea of “Servant leadership” and how it benefits you and your kids
- What it looks like when you move beyond the stereotypical role of “breadwinner” as a dad
- How to co-create growth and play with your kids
We’ve had a few podcasts focused on fatherhood over the past couple weeks, which I love. If you are a dad, thank you for putting the time and energy in to raise a child. It is seriously hard work.
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Brian is a husband and father to two spirited daughters that keep him inspired and exhausted every day. He started Fathering Together as a way to better connect and learn from his fellow dads. Prior to Fathering Together, Brian has been a social worker, university chaplain, and interfaith leadership consultant. When not working on the future of Fathering Together, you can find Brian writing letters to his daughters, creating “cooking” lessons with his daughters, and learning dance moves too!