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25 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
GDDB 13 - Accountability - Nobody is going to make you do it, except you. Life, working out, how you talk to your kids, what you prioritize… Don’t really have show notes for this one. Going off the cuff. It’s 04/24/2022 and i’m getting this podcast back up & running. I would apologize for the delay, but the only person i need to be sorry to is myself for putting it off this long. Can’t believe I let myself wait this long to get the next episode recorded…anyway. Accountability: Only you can get yourself to do IT. Whatever it is. Don’t rely on anyone else for encouragement,
31 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
Part 3 [Why I Want To Be Better Than My Father Was To Me]
GDDB 012 - PART 3 - Why I Want To Be MORE Than My Father Was To Me So first, I want to apologize. It has been a while, I lost steam during this series. I think part of it was or is emotional, and part of it was mental hurdles to actually talk about it. This is difficult. More difficult than most of you can imagine. I mean...this changed my life, my view of life and made me even question myself (who I was, who I would end up being, how I can make sure that I don’t become the same person). This has irked me for the past almost eight or so years... A person that I thought I knew my entire life, completely changed and ruined my thoughts and feelings of who they are. Someone who helped teach me so many things in life, made me question everything that I learned from them…...my father. I have brought up some interesting topics the previous episodes, but this one... This episode right here will be my hardest episode yet. When creating this podcast, I knew I would have this episode...I didn’t know when then, but here we are now. Ok..if you’re not driving doing something that you need to see to do…follow below, otherwise listen along. Close your eyes...take some deep breaths… Now, I want you to put yourself in your shoes as a kid. Imagine yourself growing up through elementary school. Now Middle School, and maybe even High School, and now think of who you thought of as your “hero”… You can open your eyes now. What are the reasons you chose the person you did? Why did you consider them your hero? I know for me, growing up I always looked up to someone who taught me how to be the person that I have grown up to be. I think of who always was strong for our family. And I also think of who always took me to do things like camping, paintball, birthday parties and other “fun” events. Many times that person that you’re thinking of right now is your father. I know that's who I thought of growing up. Let’s jump to present day real quick, then i’ll go back to the story and the “why” I want to be MORE than my father was to me. First off, I now refuse to call him “dad”. I refer to him only as my “father”. For me, there are different meanings for the word “dad” compared to the word “father” A dad can be a father, but to me a father is not always a dad To me, your father is blood. Your father has taught you things. A father is a technical term. A dad is someone who mentors you. A dad is someone you love & trust. A dad is a friend. A dad feels like someone you can lean on & rely on. Again, in my world and my mind a dad can be a father but a father is not always a dad. Next, I want to make it clear that I learned many things from him growing up and I appreciate that. Truly. And last, I am who I am today because of what my parents taught me. Things like: be a good person, work hard, tell the truth; and he was part of those teachings. Now...back to the story: So. Where this mindset all started: Almost eight years ago. 2013. The year my wife & I got married. Also the year that I found out my parents were getting a divorce...and I found out very shortly after the wedding. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFuck. Me. During this time, my father, the man who I had looked up to and was there for me throughout my entire childhood and into adulthood decided during this period of time to be everything he taught me not to be as a person. He was not the same person I grew up knowing. He lied. He was rude. He talked to me like I was a 9yr old child. HE HAD TO FUCKING GOOGLE how to tell his kid that his parents were getting a divorce, LIKE I WAS FUCKING FIVE. He played the victim card, every way he could think of. That was the truth in his mind, or at least that’s what he told himself and everyone around him. When in reality, a relationship includes two people, and many times during a divorce there is ONE person who has made the choice of it to happen more than the other (by...
18 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Part 2 [What My Father Was To Me]
GDDB 011 - PART 2 - Connecting Back To Growing Up: What I learned and Who I want to Be When I was growing up, my father was what I thought of as the “fun dad” and the go-to dad to get out of the house and go do things like camping, hiking, playing paintball, going to movies etc... I learned a lot from my father and my mother. I am still learning today, as an “adult” I think that we are who we are today because of how we were raised. From the day we are born, we are impacted by our parents on how we are going to develop and the type of person we are going to be. It doesn’t all happen that first day of life, but that is where it starts and then it evolves from there. The reason is the strong bond between child and parent. Even before a baby can open their eyes and look around, they are developing emotions and feelings. “The most two important days in your life are the day your born and the day you find out why” – Mark Twain I remember my childhood, and learning how I was going to be who I was. I remember my parents teaching me how to ‘act right’, be patient, have manners, be polite, have respect...all the things that are instilled into me today. I also think about the things that I wasn’t taught (or don’t remember specifically) that I want to make sure my daughters will know: How to cook (or I should say: enjoy cooking) How to handle money (Not that i wasn’ taught this, but i think it has been lost in the world today:) There are winners and losers. Not to be a sore loser, and not to be a bragging winner (too much). Either way you have to work harder next time to “win”. Doing things around the house (maintenance) How to work out My father was always considered the ‘fun’ dad, the dad that went and did everything with us, and the dad that always took me to do things. We would go camping, hiking, paintballing. My mom & dad came to all of my band events in middle school and high school. They were always parents that were ‘involved’ in what I was doing. I also want to be that kind of dad. I want my wife and I to support and be involved in our daughter’s events - no matter what they are. I want our daughters to remember that mom & dad were there. That we supported them, and that we taught them to volunteer and step-in as parents to help out the organizations that they wanted to be involved in. I think that comes from seeing what my parents did when I was growing up. The type of people that they were, and how they were there for me. Stay tuned for episode 3....
16 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
Part 1 [The Type of Father I Want to Be]
GDDB 010 - PART 1 - The Type of Father I Want To Be When I found out my wife was pregnant, everything started to sink in. I sat there in excitement and thought to myself: I am going to be a dad! Something I knew I would have to decide was the type of father I was going to be. How I would act, teach, discipline and even love all play a role in who my kids grow up to be and our relationship between parent and kid. This is not an easy decision, and it is a decision I know will ever be changing as a father, dad, role model and teacher throughout my life and my kids’ lives. I think every father wants to be their kid’s role model and hero - as a father of two girls, I want nothing more than for my girls to be close to their mom, each other and to look up to me as a father, protector, provider and hero. If you're a dad listening, you know this is a huge weight on our shoulders no matter if you are a girl dad like me, a dad of both or a boy dad. A big influence on the kind of dad I want to be is the type of father that my dad was to me. I truly feel that it impacts all of us dads. So the question is...how do we become the father that we want to be? I know the father I DON'T want to be… I don’t want to be a yeller I don't want to be a screamer I don’t want to be non-existent I don’t want to be “the bad guy” all the time I DON’T WANT TO BE A BAD DAD… ...Now you can’t NOT be all these things ALL the time. Sometimes I yell, sometimes i’m not there (ex. Traveling for work), sometimes I am the “bad guy” because I put one or both of them in time out to think about their actions after having a conversation about it with them….even though I don’t WANT to be these things, I know that sometimes I will be. So...what kid of dad do I WANT to be… I want to be a dad that my daughters run to in excitement of seeing me I want to be a dad that my daughters want to ask every question they have to I want to be a dad that has tea parties and paints his nails with my daughters I want to be a dad that makes my kids laugh and smile I want to be a dad that takes my family on experiences that they’ll remember their entire lives At the same time: I want to be a dad that teaches my daughters about life, right from wrong and love I want to be a dad that always has a shoulder for my girls to cry on (that’s why I can’t have another kid, I only have two shoulders!) I want to be a dad that comforts I want to be a dad that makes my kids feel safe & protected And on top of all of those wants, and want-to-not-be’s, on the outside I want to be the cool and tough dad to all of their friends There are many ways to determine what kind of dad you want to be. There are endless articles on the internet. There are books. There are other dads out there (like me I guess) who are willing to share their views. At the end of the day, I think that it is a feeling and an instinct on how you determine what kind of dad / father you want to be. Being a parent is challenging, overwhelming and just plain hard at times. Always adjusting my attitude and evaluating how I act around my daughters is a norm At the end of the day, I know that I'm trying my best, and know that you’re trying your best too. I also know that I have a lot to adjust and learn throughout the path of being a dad and father. PART 2 IS NEXT!
31 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
Tryin' To Have A Baby
GDDB 009 - Getting pregnant - not as easy for everyone Some families are able to conceive no problem...other couples have a harder time, and a few need even more help than we did (IVF / Adoption) which we started to contemplate at one time. We were careful. We took the usual precautions to not have a kid until we were ready (well, nobody is 100% ready...but until we wanted to start trying). Thats when we found out that it wouldnt be so easy to conceive as we thought. In the beginning it is exciting to try to conceive...i mean heck, you’re in the sack more often than you were before and you’re trying to create a life to bring into this world! After trying for months, my wife’s excitement started to diminish and I didn’t know what to say to change the dynamic in her head. It was off to her OBGYN to discuss next steps, figure out if there were reasons and what could be done/tried for a greater success rate (not excluding me, but my wife wanted to get herself checked out first due to existing ovarian cysts. After figuring out what was going on (not going to go into details), some steroids and a couple ‘trigger’ shots later - My wife was pregnant! If you don’t know, the trigger shot causes ovulation = opportunity to conceive. Upside: we know pretty much exactly when our daughter was conceived. Downside: it becomes more of a science instead of a natural thing. You do what ya gotta do when you want kid(s)! So...first one was dialed in by the Dr. and my wife, so we figured the second one we were going to do the same process...welp thats not what the universe or my wife’s body had in mind. We knew what needed to happen, but the meds were slightly different and we had to go through additional rounds of trigger shots (4 or 5 rounds total). Upside: i got to give my wife two of the trigger shots myself (bonus of being a diabetic and knowing how to stick needles into a body). Downside: because it wasnt working the way the first time went, it became even more frustrating for my wife which made me feel bad. Additionally, after the last trigger shot...if it didnt work, my wife was ready to take a few months break from trying to conceive. The meds and the stress was getting to be too much for her, for me and on our relationship. Don’t forget - we were also already taking care of a 1.5 yr old. Well, that last trigger shot worked (thankfully!) and that was baby no. 2 on her way! See...it’s not always easy. Some people can essentially just look at their significant other and almost get pregnant but for others it is a challenge and it is a rough process. It puts your wife’s body under a lot of stress; it stresses your relationship, it impacts your attitude towards your kid and friends...it’s a LOT. Something I learned was to be a little more sympathetic and understanding when couples are trying to have a kid and it hasnt happened. I mean shitt...we had discussed IVF and even adoption before we “finally” conceived our first daughter (it was a 9ish maybe 12 month process…?). Now...something else we realized was WOW...if we knew what was needed in order to conceive years ago what we know now...we wouldn’t have been trying so hard NOT to have a kid yet before we were ready to start trying! Haha Only now can I joke about it, after we have been through all that we have. NEXT EPISODE: Going to be the start of a 3 part series...going deep on this one, something that has been bothering me for a few years now (about SEVEN)...stay tuned!
18 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
The Excitement, Preparation & Slight Fear
GDDB 008 - The Excitement / Preparation / Fear Having a kid, or kids, is a big deal. And the decision to have kids is a big deal too. It comes with a lot of emotions...excitement, preparation, love, nervousness and a touch of fear even. I have mentioned in previous episodes about how my wife and I always talked about having kids, and that we agreed on our ideal number being two. Then the real talks start coming into play, the planning of having kids and the actual readiness of wanting to start trying to have kids. This is the excitement, love and slight nervousness stage. I mean...what guy doesn't want more reasons to get in bed with his lady, and when you’re trying to conceive...it can lead to even more times in the sack than normal! It’s easier for some people to get pregnant than others, and i’ll get to that for my wife & I’s situation in another episode...but not everyone has an easy time conceiving. THEN... you find out that your wife is pregnant. O.M.G. yall are going to be taking care of a child in 9ish short months...a human being...that you have to keep alive, healthy and teach things to. Ok now the slight nervousness hits the touch of fear but yet the excitement and the love overcome and preparation kicks in. It is an amazing feeling. I remember the months leading up to our first daughter’s birth, preparing her room and getting the house ready. Mentally preparing ourselves for a baby in the house. Reading to her all the time, talking to her through my wife’s belly-region. Nervousness and fear fade away in the bliss of your child coming into the world and being able to hold her/him for the first time. I. Am. Going. To. Be. A. Dad. That is what I remember telling myself. And nothing (except maybe the day I married my wife) made me more proud and excited than that feeling. These feelings are natural, OK, Great, Amazing, RIGHT. I’ve said it before; kids will change your life forever....but it’s worth it.
27 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
7 Year Anniversary
GDDB 007 - 7yr Anniversary - 7th Episode So, I was going to make this episode about something else...a much more sensitive topic for me, but I'll save that story and those feelings for another time. This episode makes sense, it is special because this is the 7th episode, and on Monday it will be my wife & i’s 7th anniversary! We’re gonna get into the story of our relationship, from the beginning. So if you’re interested, stick around! There may be some nuggets of the timeline you didn't know! Where it all started High School First Kiss (Best Friend Made us Do it!) College Proposal First Jobs Living at home (didn’t last long) First Apartment Cat First House Dog New Truck New Car Baby No. 1 Baby No.2 New Job Pandemic Another New Truck Wife = Domestic Engineer 7 Year Itch - not here! Stronger than ever Communication is key Support each other Communicate. Communicate. Communicate. Set Goals Together. Communicate.
15 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
Lean On Family
GDDB 006 - Family. We are fortunate to have my mom, my in-laws, two sets of grandparents as well as cousins close by (5-20min).
13 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Appreciate the Pandemic Time
GDDB 005 - What to do During the Pandemic!?! If you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past six months, NEWS FLASH - we’re living through a pandemic. Who would’ve f’n thought that we would live through something like this? My wife and I were talking the other night, and we just kinda stopped and she said ‘it’s crazy, we’re living in a pandemic. The question everyone is asking - is “What are you doing during this time?” Everyone says you gotta do something: learn something, get a new job (if you lost your old one), start a business, anything. Don’t just sit on your butt. But you know what you gotta do as a dad? … c’mon? I’ll let you think about it here for a minute and take a sip of my bourbon… YES! That’s exactly right, drink plenty of bourbon. Haha just kidding. You know what you gotta do during this time? Take advantage of the time you get to spend with your kid(s). These are some crazy times, but it is also time that we will never get back to spend quality moments with our kid(s). Spend time as a family, build your relationships and love together as a unit and make memories to look back on. If your kids are young enough, they won’t even remember being in the middle of a pandemic. Ours probably won’t. Spend time with your spouse. Rekindle and strengthen the relationship that may have been put aside to focus on work. Use this time to do things you love, as a family. Together. Walks around the neighborhood Arts & crafts Build couch forts Hide & Seek Tickle Fights DO. IT. ALL. Spend the time together and enjoy it! One day we will all go back to our offices, airplanes, hotel rooms and rental cars. The time we get to spend now with fam is priceless.
10 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Reload The Dad Arsenal...
GDDB 004 - Reload That Dad Arsenal **NOT MY JOKES - NOT ORIGINAL - FOUND ONLINE OR FROM FRIENDS** "How do you get a squirrel to like you? Act like a nut." "Why don't eggs tell jokes? They'd all get cracked up." "I don't trust stairs. They're always up to something." "Did you hear the rumor about butter? Well, I'm not spreading it!" "Why couldn't the bicycle stand up by itself? It was two tired." "Why can't a nose be 12 inches long? Because then it would be a foot." "How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh? Ten tickles." "What do you call cheese that isn't yours? Nacho cheese." "I could tell a joke about pizza, but it's a little cheesy." Haha Lyall..."I don't play soccer because I enjoy the sport. I'm just doing it for kicks!" What kind of bagel can fly? A plane bagel! Where do horses live? In neigh-borhoods. What are the strongest days of the week? Saturday and Sunday. The rest are weak-days. If two vegans are fighting, is it still considered a beef? Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? Great food, no atmosphere. Why was the cow afraid to cross the road? It was afraid to brisket How did the farmer fix the hole in his pants? With a cabbage patch What do you call a dinosaur that crashes his car? Tyrannosaurus Wreck. Why is a doctor always calm? Because they have a lot of patients. What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire? Frost bite. What’s Forest Gump’s password? 1Forest1 Where do you learn to make ice cream? Sundae school. What do mermaids wash their fins with? Tide What did the fried rice say to the shrimp? Don’t WOK away from me! What was the foot’s favorite type of chips? Droi-Toes Why is it so windy inside a stadium? There are thousands of fans. Where were pencils invented? PENCIL-vania. Where do you take a hamburger to dance? A meatball. Can you still believe they’re still together after all the shit they’ve been through? - Your butt cheeks! Why do ducks have tail feathers? To cover their buttquacks. What is a giraffe’s favorite fruit? Neck-tarines
21 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
We All Need an Outlet to Recharge
GDDB 003 - Recharge Hey dads, do you ever find yourself roaming around the house looking for an outlet to plug your kids iPad in before the battery dies, but it’s just not convenient enough of a spot for them so it doesn’t get plugged in and then it dies and they throw an even bigger stink because you didn’t plug it in? WELL...that's not what this episode is about! Welcome to episode 3, and we are going to talk about having an outlet (or outlets)...but not the kind you plug things into. Dads, we need a way to destress and relax. Just like moms. There is a lot of weight on our shoulders in a family too, and if you’re a dad thats bringin’ home the bacon, then it is an additional stack of weights that is stacked on top As a dad, I enjoy spending time with my daughters. Each one is so different, not only because of their age but personality wise - almost polar opposites - and i LOVE that about them. But spending time with them gets thrown into the blender of life, which includes work, taking care of the house, maintaining the outside of the house, helping with meals as I can, family, friends, co-workers, your kid’s friends, neighbors, finances, and equally as important as spending time with them - the relationship with my wife. Yeah yeah, ok it’s normal life shit. Bla bla bla, “we all do it” well if you don’t think dad life is hard, or you dont give credit to the dads out there who are ACTUALLY helping raise their kids then you can fuck off and stop listening now. (maybe another episode will peak your interest.) The day and age of moms doing 97% of the work of taking care of the kids, taking care of the house and cooking all the meals are long. For years (if not a decade or two now) dads have really stepped up their at-home responsibilities, especially with their kids. I tell you what, there were a few days once the initial quarantine hit where we decided to keep the girls home from daycare for a little while. I was already working from home and my wife was already furloughed. Aaaaaaand let me tell ya, I found out really quickly that becoming a full-time stay-at-home dad (with the kids home with me) will never be in my wish list. That shit was hard. I mean, yes, i secluded myself in the back office and closed the door, but damn was it A LOT being home with the kiddos 24/7. Now, i am still working from home, but the girls are back going to daycare so there is a break during the day and I can’t wait for them to get home (or for me to go pick them up) to spend some time with them. OK So, if i haven’t made my stance clear, dad life can be stressful and difficult emotionally. This is why dads need an outlet. If you don’t have one, then you probably need to find one. It can be anything, as long as you enjoy it and you feel more relaxed and destressed during and after the “me” time you take. I am not saying moms dont need this too, but this isn’t a mommy blog. So dads, if you get your “me” time and you have your outlet or outlets to relax, let your wife have her time to do the same. Now back to US. Find that outlet. It might be golf, going to the gym, watching sports, going for a drive, taking a walk (being outside is always a good one), sitting on your porch and just listening to mother nature. Heck it might be working on a hobby, listening to the Girl Dad. Dad Bod. Podcast. (and maybe some others), watching TikTok videos, having a glass of bourbon, smoking a cigar, learning a new skill or language...it can be anything. I have a few different outlets, and this podcast is one. It is a new one for me, but it is a way for me to express myself and let some of these crazy jumbled conversations that i have with myself out (if you know me, you know..and you probably just chuckled to yourself right there). I also like to enjoy a glass of bourbon, preferably with a friend or family around - but also enjoy the peace and quiet of sitting by myself. I like sitting out back when the night is cool(er) and smoking a...
24 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Bond Between Father & Kid
GDDB 002 - The Bond Between Us In this episode I'm going to discuss the bonding differences that I had compared to my wife when she was pregnant. It always seemed like she wanted me to be ‘closer’ to the little human growing inside of her, but I really just didn't feel that way. In my defense, Part of this is biological. Women’s oxytocin levels surge during birth and pregnancy to facilitate bonding. And, while there’s growing evidence that men bond with babies during pregnancy too, studies suggest their oxytocin levels only truly surge once they spend time caring for their children. It’s not like I didn’t already love my kid, inside my wife’s belly… I mean i read her books all the time, we talked to her - you know, all the normal going-to-be-a-dad stuff. I knew that I would have the connection with her, and that it would most likely be the moment I held her for the first time. I even told my wife this. All she could probably think was “I hope so!” At the time, I didn’t have a lot of friends who were dads. We didn’t hang out with friends very often where I knew the dad more than my wife knew the mom. So...I always hung out with the ‘guy’ group but didn’t have a connection with them really. Now that we are a little older, we hang out with a bunch of friends and family who have kids. I think this helps the bond with my kids. It allows me to see how other dads handle situations and it also puts how I handle situations in front of other dads. Then the moment came, day of delivery. That was the day that everything stopped, and the spark or connection, whatever you want to call it, happened. She was my daughter, and I am her dad, and nothing else mattered at the moment. I was actually the first one to hold our first daughter - not my wife! Ha! Ha! I immediately knew that I was now bonded with her, the connection was there. I knew nothing would keep me from holding her….except my wife. She had to have her time! Lol Well, and now that she’s a 3yr old, or as I like to call it, 3 going on 16...those moments are less often, but in my heart I wrap my arms around her every moment I can. Thanks for joining me! The next episode, we’re going to get into a topic that most moms probably will roll their eyes at, but that dads NEED an outlet to relax, decompress and destress. Not that moms, nannies, grandparents or anyone else doesn't need an outlet, but I think that the topic gets pushed aside in many relationships because the dad isn’t seen as a partner in the relationship and in parenting, when in todays world we are becoming more involved in taking care of our kids than ever - and we get stressed and have a weight on our shoulders too.
35 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Talk About it...Having A Family
GDDB 001 - The Talk...Building Your Family & Having Kids Hey Dads, welcome to the Girl Dad. Dad Bod. Podcast. I’m your host and creator, Wil and this is episode ONE! We are officially launched! This is super exciting for me. I can’t wait to get into this episode and start building friendships through this outlet. In this episode i’m going to discuss the ::quote:: ::unquote:: “Talks” of deciding to grow your family and have kids…My lucky number is 7, or I should say my favorite number is 7, so I’m going to hit the top 7 questions or topics to think about... First off, if you are going to get married or want to spend a lifetime with someone and you want (or don’t want) kids, i think these conversations, or portions of these conversations, need to be had BEFORE you get married to ensure your future spouse or significant other have the same ideas of what your future will include. Remember, kids change your life...every aspect of your life. They are the most amazing thing in the world and you have to be committed to everything that comes with that responsibility! My wife and I have been together for 15 years this November (16th). (I bet she’s surprised a little that I remember that!) Yeah, we are highschool sweethearts. More on that in another episode! Anyways... So...we had plenty of time to talk about the subject of ‘kids’ before we had even thought about the whole marriage thing We knew before we even got engaged (my proposal rocked, she was completely surprised, I totally won that night because she always thought - and still thinks - that she can tell when i’m up to something) … that we wanted two kids Of course, we talked about the perfect mix of one girl and one boy, but thats not where we are at. Looking back at when our family found out our second was a girl, and now that I have two daughters I couldn’t be happier. Actually, i was relieved in a way when we found out the gender - I already knew how to take care of a girl (kinda) 1. Do you want kids, and does your spouse/significant other want kids? How many? Ok. if you’re on the same page there - you’re on your way to many more meaningful conversations with your future spouse/significant other I understand that isnt always how it works out, and thats OK! Now on to the time when you’re actually getting ready to start trying or “ready” for kids… 2. Ask yourselves, why now? Is it because YOU want to, or is it from other pressures of life? Are your parents pressuring yall? Is everyone around you (friends) having kids/getting pregnant? 3. How is your relationship? Kids won’t “fix” a relationship. It will put incredible amounts of stress on it. Focus on building a strong relationship first - THEN you’re ready to have kids 4. Are you financially able to take on kids? Hospital fees, formula, food, roof over your heads, big enough cars (a mazda miata won’t work) and then there’s daycare if you’re both working or decide to have them attend, even if it is only a few days a week. 5. Do you have room/the space for kids? (they take up a LOT of space - pretty much your entire apartment or house! haha) 6. Does your lifestyle fit having kids? - are you willing to change your lifestyle or are you prepared to add kids into your current way of living. 7. Lastly (but not necessary or most important): do you have a support system around you to help? Mostly meaning Family. We are extremely fortunate to have a strong support system around us...my in-laws live 5 minutes from us, my mom lives 15 minutes away, and we have two sets of grandparents - one 5 minutes away and one 20 minutes away There are many more things you can discuss; such as health, responsibilities, expectations (which constantly change), ease of getting pregnant (some people are fortunate that this is extremely easy, almost too easy, but for us it wasn’t), and much more. Thanks for joining me! The next episode, we’re...
7 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
The Girl Dad. Dad Bod. Podcast. INTRODUCTION
GDDB 000 - Episode Zero - Introduction to GDDB Podcast - The Why, The What & The Who Hey Dads, welcome to the Girl Dad. Dad Bod. Podcast. This is episode ZERO, an introduction to the Girl Dad. Dad Bod. Podcast covering the WHY, the WHO and the WHAT... The WHY: I am creating this podcast to connect and interact with YOU, dads. My feeling is that dads don’t have outlets to voice their perspective, their challenges, struggles, moments of pride, accomplishments and emotions (be it good, bad, happy or sad); because we are under the pressure to maintain a certain persona as a dad that we have everything under control and that everything is “alright”. That isn’t always the case, and I want us dads to squash that stigma, become stronger, create a more honest and loving relationship with our spouse and especially our kids so that we can live a life of happiness, and create happy lifelong memories to look back on many years from now. This is THE outlet for me, and for you, to connect and build dad-to-dad relationships, working together to help the dad life be as fun, enjoyable, meaningful and memorable as possible. I feel like there aren’t many outlets for dads to express themselves and let out the real life thoughts and feelings we have. Like moms, Dads have a lot of responsibility too!: Be strong for our kids Be a protector Be a provider Making sure the family is safe Have patience All of this is lot of weight on my shoulders, i’m sure it is on yours too The Mission of the Girl Dad. Dad Bod. Podcast. is “to share real dad life, and to grow your love, understanding and passion of fatherhood while creating lifelong memories with your family” The goal of the Girl Dad. Dad Bod. Podcast. is to provide perspective and share resources to all dads, parents and friends of dads to help live the most gratifying life as a dad. I am here to help you grow your love, understanding and passion of fatherhood while creating lifelong memories with your family. The WHAT: We are going to talk about everything, from taking it back to the initial conversations of wanting to start a family, what each pregnancy was like as a dad, going from a dual income family to a single income family, to today’s world of being in the middle of a pandemic and beyond. We will talk about the everyday struggles as a dad, and how you can overcome them to be the best dad to your kid or kids and spouse. We will grow over time together in the episodes. I encourage you to reach out and have conversations with me and let me know if there are topics you want to get into or if there are challenges you are having and want my perspective on. The WHO the heck am I?: Ok...so about me: This is a podcast from me, your host and creator of the Girl Dad. Dad Bod. Podcast. I’m Wil. 30 years old. A girl dad, with a dad bod to two daughters. An amazing wife. Two rescued animals, a cat and a dog. Texas. I feel like dads need “me” time...an outlet, if that is going to the gym, playing video games, spending an hour (which turns into two...or three) on tiktok, sitting out back and smoking a cigar, having a glass of bourbon (i’m having a glass of bourbon right now), whatever it is… This podcast if from my perspective, i still have a lot to learn, but thats the beauty of it - i can create this platform to help you, help other parents to see another side of the dad life that I don’t think is seen often enough. I wouldn't trade the dad life for anything in the world, b/c when your daughter or son comes to you and tells you they love you, or need you, or want you to put them to bed...it is a feeling that you can’t get from anywhere or anyone else in the world. We’re gonna get real, gonna get rough, i’m probably going to get explicit a little bit, can’t guarantee i won’t cuss here and there. We’ll laugh a lot hopefully (or at least you will at me), probably even cry a little. As a father, I want my kids to have an even better life than I do. I think that...
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