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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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How to Become a Game Changing Dad

How to Become a Game Changing Dad

We only get one chance to be a dad, but life gets busy and sometimes we barely have time to think about what we’re doing. It’s easy to get wrapped up in work and shuttling kids off to sports and activities without mindfully taking action to level up when we can.

Today we have Dad Edge Alliance member Ray Matz on the show. He is the author of Game Changing Dads: Get Off The Bench and Into The Game! He is a husband and a father to three who talks about what we can do to get off the bench and take small actions for big improvements in our roles as fathers, husbands, and leaders.

'The tough guy to me is the guy who puts his guard down and listens.' —@RayMatz #dads #men #fathers #parenting #fatherhood Click To Tweet

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How Generosity Breeds Success with Tuan Nguyen

How Generosity Breeds Success with Tuan Nguyen

If you were a successful start-up entrepreneur and sold your company for millions, what would you do with the money? Build your dream home? Buy the sports car you always wanted? Pay for your kids’ college?

Tuan Nguyen sold his first company for millions. Then he gave the money away.

Tuan Nguyen is the host of the Biz Dad podcast, a TEDx speaker, and an extreme philanthropist. Tuan has an incredible story that begins as an infant escaping Vietnam, to growing up poor in an immigrant family in Canada, to his current life of sharing his wealth and his spirit.

Tuan continues to build successful businesses and give the money away to charity. In this episode, he talks about how generosity breeds success and what impact our generosity has on our kids.

'If I build something that makes me millions, great. If not, that's okay also. I still went for what I believed was right and my kids see that.' – Tuan Nguyen #dads #fathers #entrepreneurs #leadership Click To Tweet

Tuan Nguyen’s Story

Tuan’s parents fled Vietnam in 1975 just before it was taken over. He drifted in the seas with his parents at only twenty days old. He became so still and quiet, his mother thought she was carrying a dead infant.

Miraculously, a US aircraft carrier came by and picked them up just in time. They brought him to Hawaii and saved Tuan’s fragile life. He has physiological problems to this day, but keeps fit and healthy so his body won’t deteriorate.

Tuan’s family moved to Canada and started a new life in a completely foreign culture. He grew up speaking French, but his parents never learned the new language so he often served as the family negotiator and translator as a kid. He remembers most vividly how his mom was always a ball of positive energy and even though they had little to give, she taught him how to show appreciation.

Tuan’s first dream was to go to medical school because medicine is what saved his life, but at the last minute he had a change of heart. He had been doing lots of volunteer work and wanted to give back to organizations like the ones he needed throughout his challenging life. He withdrew from medical school to start his first online directory company that eventually sold for millions.

'My kids watch me stress out every now and then, but they also watch me never give up.'– Tuan Nguyen #dads #fathers #entrepreneurs #leadership Click To Tweet

What You’ll Learn

  • Why he gave all his money away to charity instead of keeping it to provide for his family
  • What it was like growing up in an immigrant community
  • How he lived among drugs, violence, and crime.
  • How hanging on too tightly to the past and one’s culture can be limiting
  • A message for those who feel like they’re “just surviving” in life
  • How generosity helps solidify his belief in himself
  • How resilience and generosity are connected
  • How not to think of money and resources as finite, but abundant
  • How to know what you deserve to receive
  • Why you should face your challenges openly in front of you kids
  • How challenges can create abundance
  • How to teach kids generosity
'The more I show what I feel and show how I deal with things, I see my kids deal with them better.'– Tuan Nguyen #dads #fathers #entrepreneurs #leadership Click To Tweet

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