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Aaron Kleiber

Grown @%$ Dad with Aaron Kleiber


Being a man, husband, and father can be a challenge, but if we take ourselves too seriously, we forget to stop and enjoy the good moments.

Laughter helps us release tension, cope with adversity, and approach life with a sense of fun. We need humor in our lives now more than ever. That is why today we have a comedian dad on the show!

Aaron Kleiber has been a professional stand-up comedian for 10 years and has just released his Amazon Prime special, Grown @%$ Dad.

Aaron developed his sense of humor as a coping mechanism through a rough childhood. He tells us how comedy has strengthened his ability to deal with people, endure difficult times, and improvise when faced with unexpected adversity. He also talks about how encouraging our kids’ sense of humor will help them be happier, more creative, and resilient.

Lighten up and let some laughter into your family!

Family is what you make it.

Aaron Kleiber

Aaron Kleiber has been entertaining his entire life — from climbing atop his grandmother’s coffee table as a child and being voted class clown in high school, to ‘acting’ in front of a camera and taking the stage at comedy clubs across North America today.Began his entertainment career producing, performing and writing indie films with high school friend Chris Preksta (Echo Torch, Pittbsburgh Dad), garnering multiple film festival appearances and awards. A short stint at Second City, Chicago and the birth of his first daughter, led him to stay in Pittsburgh and try the ‘solo sport’ of stand-up comedy in 2009.

His podcast, with over 190 episodes, ‘Grown Dad Business’ has been streamed over a million times and can be heard on iTunes and everywhere else you listen to podcasts.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Aaron has been a fixture in the city’s booming comedy scene for the last decade; producing and performing hundreds of shows in the area, including the Pittsburgh Improv, selling out multiple headline shows, and Arcade Comedy Theater, where he served as stand-up programmer for 5 years. Also was named “Best Local Comedian” by Pittsburgh Magazine three times.

Aaron continues to work and reside in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and three children.

Grown @%$ Dad

Aaron Kleiber delivers jabs of romanticized parental myths with uppercuts of straight-up dad knowledge. From sun visors and dad nuggs to his no-holds barred take on annoying children’s television and Santa, Aaron’s truths resonate with parents and non-parents alike. He may not know all the answers, but what he does understand is delivered through his special brand of comedic storytelling.

What You’ll Learn

  • Aaron Kleiber didn’t know his biological father.
  • How he frames his relationship with his abusive stepfather
  • Why he hasn’t pursued his real father
  • The people who became father figures in his life
  • Creating his own band of brothers
  • Why Aaron says, “I feel like there is no life without my wife.”
  • How comedy reigns in his household
  • How to keep the family fun all the time
  • Teaching your kids the proper way to serve fart jokes
  • Watching your kid’s personality develop and influence their unique sense of humor
  • How comedy keeps you emotionally on your toes as a dad
  • Why Aaron and his wife don’t hide their feelings from their kids
  • Dealing with being out of work during the pandemic
  • How difficult the comedy business is
  • How to pivot when unexpected adversity strikes
  • How to deal with the hecklers in your life
  • Having the tools to fight when you’re back into a corner
  • Learning to deal with different people and personalities
  • Turning frustration into comedy
  • Aaron’s OCD Dad-vision
  • His goal to make really good human beings
  • The gift of not needing much to be happy
  • Aaron Kleiber’s motto, “Be Kind, Be Funny”

 

MENTIONED EPISODES:

Modern Rites of Passage for Today’s Boys

Creating a Rite of Passage Experience for Your Son

The Cool, Calm, and Connected Family with Arlene Pellicane

 


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Reprogram Your Brain for Success

Reprogram Your Brain for Success


You want to live up to your full potential, but something always holds you back. Fears, insecurities, and false identities keep you from living bigger. These issues are difficult to access because they lurk deep in your unconscious. Today we talk about how to reprogram your brain for success so that you can stop playing small and live as the best version of yourself.

Jeff Forrester is a Dad Edge Alliance member and the author of Unleashed Potential: Simple Steps to Be the Best Version of Yourself. He shares 4 simple steps that you can use every day to stop the negative cycles that are sabotaging your life and replace them with positive habits that will reprogram your brain for success.

Unleashed Potential

Have you ever wanted more out of your career or life, but just weren’t sure where to start? Through constant learning and self-evaluation over the last 30 years Jeff shares simple steps he took to start to unleash his potential. Inside, you will discover powerful, yet simple steps to becoming the best version of you, like:

  • Understand Yourself – identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • Importance of Communication – internal and external communication
  • Developing Yourself – importance of coaches, mentors, tribes, and a confidante
  • Setting the Proper Course – setting BIG life goals, strategies, and tactics

Jeff shares real-life stories to assist in making a connection with you and how you can find your way to unleashing your potential. It all begins with self-awareness, being vulnerable, and being confident in who you are. It is scary but incredibly powerful.

The next step to unleashing your potential revolves around how you speak to yourself and others. How you communicate with yourself is often overlooked and changing how you speak to yourself internally and externally will impact your life.

Third step is the importance of not delegating your professional and personal development to other people but being the driving force behind it. Self-learning is not the only critical aspect in development but also taking advantage of coaches, mentors, tribes, and a confidante.

The fourth and final step is setting the proper course. You will hear specifics on setting BIG goals and the importance of setting proper strategies, and tactics to accomplish more than you have in the past.

There is never a finish line to unleashing your potential because every day we should be striving to learn and grow, and these 4 areas can become a way of life for you just like they have for Jeff.

What You’ll Learn

  • We often build ourselves up as who we think we are supposed to be
  • Drilling down to who you really are and accepting it
  • How to confront your low self-esteem
  • It’s not okay to beat yourself up.
  • In self-defense, we judge ourselves before other people have a chance to judge us.
  • How to stop our kids from avoiding failure
  • How to reprogram your brain for success with counteractive messages
  • How to train your brain to stop negative ruminating thoughts
  • Your unconscious dictates your habits.
  • The more vulnerable you are, the more power you take away from that which traps you.
  • Do not try to handle everything yourself and hold the stress in.
  • What it’s like to choose your wife as a confidante
  • The difference between entering friendships with an agenda and making friends in a genuine manner

Our biggest regrets in life happen
when we’ve lost our patience. 

Stop Reacting and Start Living

Do the work. Make a plan. Follow along with simple, yet powerful exercises and tap into the patience that is within you.

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Making Peace with a Toxic Father

Our relationship with our fathers determines how we will be as fathers. But we have a choice. We can either repeat the cycle or use it as a lesson on how not to parent.

Forgiveness seems impossible when it comes to someone who hurt us so badly during the time that we needed them most, but it is the only way to not let the anger rule us as parents. Today we talk about making peace with a toxic father.

Justin Chester’s father was absent most of the time. When his dad was home, he was cold and mean. He’d lock Justin outside during rainstorms and pin him to the wall for not knowing how to tie his shoes.

Now Justin has been married for 3 years and is the father of two sons, a one-year-old and a newborn. He knew that holding onto the resentment and trauma was holding him back in life. In a heroic act of forgiveness, he reached out and confronted his dad to bury the pain. His toxic father cannot take back the past, but Justin is no longer letting it poison his future.

“Stay out of your head. Be okay with the unexpected. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone, and enjoy life where you’re at.”

What You’ll Learn

  • Operate within the man that you are.
  • When it comes to a toxic father, what could be instead of what was done to me?
  • Children are supposed to need their fathers, but sometimes the roles reverse and the parent needs the relationship with the child more than the child does.
  • Holding onto anger doesn’t benefit either of person or their situation in life.
  • Justin didn’t seek agreement from his toxic father. He decided to move past it for himself.
  • How to defeat the victim mentality.
  • Stop getting stuck in thoughts about how angry you are. Stop buying into your obsession. Move past and get to a better place so it is no longer holding you back in life.
  • Getting back to having real, naturally flowing conversations with your spouse.
  • Working towards what you want together instead of what you alone want.
  • How to be excited about the adventure of marriage and fatherhood

MENTIONED EPISODES

How to Unf*ck Yourself with Gary John Bishop

Why Should I Forgive? with Derek Stone

Personal Evolution Through Trauma with Stefanos Sifandos

One Last Talk: Your Truth Matters with Philip McKernan


Protect your kids with the Bark App

cyberbullying

sexual content

suicidal ideation

online predators


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Putting Fatherhood First—Larry Hagner on Purpose Chasers


Today, The Dad Edge visits the Purpose Chasers Podcast for a discussion with Mark Crandall about putting fatherhood first.

We talk about how our lack of a reliable father figure affected us, how we used that pain and confusion to become better men, and how we’ve screwed up as dads now that we are fathers.

We share how to balance the drive to provide for our families with being physically and emotionally present, and how to make undistracted time with our spouse and kids our number one priority.

Being a dad is the most important job we’ll ever have. Let’s make it epic!

Without connection, there is no influence.

Purpose Chasers

Purpose Chasers Podcast is designed to provide insights into personal development, spirituality, recovery, entrepreneurship and how to create an unstoppable mindset to empower individuals to break free from mediocrity and live extraordinarily.

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“Are you struggling with connecting with your family? Maybe your efforts for being a positive father figure or a deeply devoted spouse aren’t quite being met. Or maybe you never had a father figure in your life, much less a positive relationship with your father, and you’re wanting to level up in how you parent your children. Regardless of your history, your future can still be rewritten. Sometimes our past, even the negative aspects, are needed to shape who we become in the future. You can make the choice today show up wholeheartedly for your family.

This week, I am talking with Larry Hagner, founder of The Good Dad Project as we dive into what it means to truly connect with your family. Larry shares with us his humble beginnings as he walks us through his personal journey of fatherhood. Being without a father figure present for most of his childhood, Larry shares with us the pivotal moment where he realized the father than we knew he needed to be for his own children. Listen as we journey through connectivity, using past experiences as an opportunity to grow, and how to show up for your family in the most authentic way.

What You’ll Learn

  • The 5 dimensions that encompass our heart and spirit at all times
  • Why connection determines your credibility within relationships
  • Using your experiences to set the foundation of a purpose-filled life
  • Why men need validation through their provision
  • How staying present is the key to strengthening your family
  • Why most people aren’t able to connect with their children or spouses
  • Navigating fatherhood and how to show up as your best self through marriage

MENTIONED EPISODES:

Embrace the Past to Win Your Future with Mark Crandall

Defying All Odds with Anthony Trucks

How to Optimize the 5 Dimensions of Manhood


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A Champion’s Uprising with Muay Thai Champion Chris Romulo

How do you learn how to make something of your life when you never had an example to follow?

Today’s guest knew he wanted to make a name for himself in the world, but he didn’t know how. Growing up with an unavailable, addicted father, he was filled with anger and took it out on those around him. But he says that we are all born with the champion spirit within. All we need to do is tap into it.

Muay Thai legend Chris Romulo returns to the show to share his story of a champion’s uprising. He talks about how he grew from a frustrated, depressed young man into a world-renowned fighter, and how he’s used what he’s learned in the ring to become the husband, father, entrepreneur and community leader he is today.

Chris Romulo

From the humblest of beginnings in Queens Village, Queens, it was Chris Romulo’s dream to make a name for himself. While he was physically present, Chris’ father was not emotionally or psychologically there for Chris or his family. This took a toll on Chris as he struggled with abandonment, depression, and bouts of anger. Watching his father struggle with a gambling addiction provided Chris the drive to achieve something greater for his life as he inched and clawed his way through his early years. But, it was a near death street fight that turned out to be the decisive moment that turned Chris to Muay Thai, setting him on a path to personal growth and success, in both the sport and life.

Muay Thai was the perfect outlet for Chris’ natural physicality. With this newfound passion, Romulo became a true pioneer of the sport in 1995. Despite limited opportunities to showcase his skills in New York City, his successes were many. Romulo was determined to learn and gain as much experience as possible training and fighting up and down the East coast. At the start of his career he racked up an impressive amateur record of 18-3-1(7), earning 5 WKA state and national titles.  His bronze medal performance at the 2004 IFMA tournament in Bangkok was the launching point for his jump to professional fighting.

In 2011, after an illustrious career in which he posted a remarkable pro record of 13-3 (10KO) and, his crowning achievement, earned the Professional North American Super Middleweight title in 2010, Romulo made the momentous decision to retire from fighting and pay his passion for the sport forward. Due to his successes in the ring, many of today’s young athletes grew up watching Chris, were inspired by him, and continue to look to him as a foundation of the East coast Muay Thai community.

The year 2009 was a pivotal year for Romulo in his desire to extend his reach beyond the ring. He decided to bring his passion and respect for the culture of Muay Thai to a more mainstream audience as he opened CROM Physical Culture in Rockaway Beach, Queens. Through CROM PC, Chris has been able to continue his work with the youth by partnering with the Muay Thai Preservation Project, offering scholarships to at risk youth for no cost. Romulo and CROM PC have helped shape and guide the lives of countless youth that have gone on to winning national Muay Thai championships, excelled in their education, and have become competent and confident individuals in their community.

Chris Romulo is a product of his resiliency and Muay Thai. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc to Rockaway Beach. Romulo and his wife, as well as many others in the community, lost everything. Their home and their business were destroyed. The entire peninsula was devastated. But, Chris’, and his wife’s, resiliency powered them through this time period. While living in a friend’s basement, Chris and his wife, Sarah, rebuilt their gym and became a central part of the Rockaway community as it tried to climb out of the hole that Sandy left. Today, CROM PC has a permanent home, incorporated new programming, and has a 300+ member community.

While reflecting on his 20+ years as a Muay Thai fighter and coach, Chris felt the need to increase his reach beyond the four walls of his gym and NYC to try to help change as many lives as possible.  In 2015, Chris began offering online training programs that focused on martial arts, fitness, and mindset. Chris’ projects in 2016 included creating the first ever World Muay Thai Summit, featuring superstars John Wayne Parr, Bazooka Joe Valtelini and Chris Algieri.

Champions Uprising

In May of 2017, Chris’ memoir, Champions Uprising, will be published. His story displays his unwavering mindset of determination, grit, and the perseverance of the human spirit. Chris Romulo grew up in a broken home. His mother Lucita, a Filipino immigrant, wanted Chris to go to college and live the American Dream. His father Carlito, also a Filipino immigrant, detached himself from the family and turned to gambling.

After a series of unfortunate events in grammar school, Chris took to the streets of Queens, New York, where at twenty years old a near-death street fight redirected his life and purpose. Chris then set off on a twenty-year journey through the study of Muay Thai, which took him from New York City to Bangkok, Thailand and back again. As a fighter, Chris went on to become the first professional North American Super-Middleweight Muay Thai Champion in 2010. But after retiring, Chris was forced to make one more comeback when Hurricane Sandy destroyed his home and gym in 2012.

Chris is convinced that struggle and setbacks can be the fuel to future success. He also believes that by understanding how the mind works, you can use your thoughts as weapons for hunting down your dreams rather than digging yourself into a hole. “Control your thoughts. Control your reality,” is a mantra Chris likes to live by. And he is eager to share his story with the world and uncover stories of “champions” of other industries, to show how we all have the tools inside us to overcome adversity when we tap into our fighting spirit. So while continuing to coach at CROM, Chris now motivates people outside of the gym’s four walls through public speaking.

“It all takes heart.”—Chris Romulo

MENTIONED EPISODES:

Larry Hagner on The Eight Count Podcast with Chris Romulo

Reversing Generations of Bad Parenting with 6-Time Muay Thai Champion Chris Romulo

The 4-Step Process to Build Unshakable Confidence

 


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