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Using Work to Avoid Home Life

Are You Using Work to Avoid Home Life?


Being a father and husband is full of challenges. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to handle problems at home. We have the urge to get away. It’s easier to keep busy with work and focus on providing rather than wrestling with the day to day issues of family life.

Today’s guest is everyday dad, Jeremy Bennett. He has been married for nineteen years and is the father of two teenage boys. Jeremy is a firefighter who is passionate about his career. Jeremy traveled frequently and became involved in the world of firefighting as a leader. He lived for the adrenaline and action in his life.

As his sons grew up, Jeremy knew he wasn’t present in his role as a father. His way of dealing with tough times was to leave. One day had a wake up call and realized he needed to find a way to balance work and family life. Now he tries to help other young firefighters do the same.

 


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Work-Life Balance Advice from a Kid

Work-Life Balance Advice from a Kid


Many of us are so focused on providing for our family and securing our financial future that we fail to spend enough quality time with the people that matter. Sometimes we don’t realize how much our attention means to our spouses and kids. After work, we might only get a few hours with our families. What’s the best way to spend what little time we have with them?

In this short episode, I talk to my son Ethan who gives us a kid’s perspective on just how important time with dad is. He also shares simple, straightforward advice for hardworking dads on how to achieve work-life balance and prioritize their free time with their families.

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RELATED EPISODES:

Working to Live, Not Living to Work with Aaron Walker

The Ultimate Guide to Work/Life Balance with Aaron Walker

 


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Using the Past to Become a Better Dad with Former NFL Player Billy Miller

Using the Past to Become a Better Dad with Former NFL Player Billy Miller

Today we are psyched to have Former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion Billy Miller on The Dad Edge Podcast. Most of the time we only see sports stars on the field or getting interviewed after the game. They have to give their camera-ready answers about the team’s performance, but rarely do we see the husband, the father, or the man behind the athlete.

In this episode, Billy Miller opens up his world to us. He delves into his rough childhood as the son of two drug addicts, his battle against depression, and how he uses his difficult past as a reference to become the best dad he can possibly be. He also talks about maintaining a circle of intimate friends, co-parenting with his ex-wife, and how he keeps work separate from his family.

'We are built, as men, to change.' – former NFL Player, Billy Miller @billymiller83 #men #dads #fathers #fatherhood #manhood Click To Tweet

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From the time Billy can remember, his parents were addicted to drugs. He’d wake up on a Saturday morning, make himself breakfast, lunch, dinner, go to bed, wake up, and do the same thing all over again for days. Billy was alone a lot and had to learn to take care of himself. He was forced to grow up quickly.

Billy’s dad was abusive to his mom and him. He also went to prison several times. Billy didn’t think anything of it because it became his normal.

As he got older, Billy moved to a much nicer area called West Lake Village. His new school was a total culture shock and a blessing for him. Billy is half white and half black, but he had never spoken a word to another white person except to his mom and his grandmother until he was thirteen-years-old.

In West Lake Village, Billy saw how parents could get along and how healthy families functioned. He realized very early how important being a father was. He noticed that every single word his father said resonated within him. He held onto this realization until he became a dad himself.

'It's those moments where you're becoming a reflection of your past that you know you're doing the best learning of what not do to as a father.' – former NFL Player, Billy Miller @billymiller83 #dads #fathers #men #fatherhood #legacy Click To Tweet

What You’ll Learn

  • How Billy suffered a bout of deep depression after he was done playing football
  • How depression helped him develop humility
  • What you need in addition to the desire to change
  • How we as men be better at asking for help
  • How to be honest about how you feel with your kids
  • How to show your kids how to be vulnerable
  • How being competitive lessens the chances of a man’s success
  • The trusted and honest relationship he had with his tribe of intimate friends
  • How to start a men’s group
  • How to deepen relationships with existing friends to go beyond the ordinary
  • About Billy’s divorce
  • How he coparents with his ex-wife
  • How couples can coparent peacefully and successfully even if they don’t get along
  • Why he didn’t talk to his brother for a long time
  • Why he hates when dads are not involved
  • How to not bring stress home to your kids, even when under the pressure of a job like playing in the NFL
  • How to come home and be superman
'Don't wait till the last minute. Don't wait to the bottom of the bottom to ask for help.'– former NFL Player, Billy Miller @billymiller83 #men #depression #stress #mentalhealth Click To Tweet

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How to Develop Self-Confidence and Become the Best Version of Yourself with David Wygant

Self-confidence is something most men struggle with every day, but the majority of us suffer in silence. But what if you had tools and resources to become confident and live your life as the best version of yourself?

David Wygant is a dating coach and inspiration for the movie Hitch. He helps men and women deal with insecurities and tackle fear to become the best version of who they’re meant to be. Today he shares his surprising secrets on why men lack self-confidence and how we can get it back.

Lack of Self-Confidence is NOT Hardwired into Our DNA

When David played baseball in 6th grade, he remembers his coach calling his father the wrong name. His father never spoke up to correct the coach and allowed himself to be called the wrong first name the entire season. This made a deep impression on David, who was determined not to end up like his dad.

David says that we are all born fresh souls. We don’t come into this world with low self-confidence; we learn from watching our parents.  So he began walking the streets of New York to observe people and discovered that when you’re able to connect and read people, you come across as the most confident person in the world.

What Happened to Our Belief in Ourselves?

When we’re young, we know what we want. We have big dreams and are not old enough to doubt ourselves yet. But then bullies, teachers, parents, and culture break us down. They tell us our dreams are stupid or unrealistic. Eventually, we end up believing it.

Listening to Fear Instead of Intuition

Confidence isn’t taught in school or college, and men feel they have nowhere to go. Men are afraid of being vulnerable and want to avoid confrontation. We live mostly in our heads, and when these issues stay inside, they can never be resolved. We end up living our lives according to our fears instead of following our intuition.

Go Back to Who You Were Before the World Screwed You Up

Like David watched how his father behaved, your kids are watching you. They see if you’re acting weak with others. So what’s the first step to becoming more self-confident?

David Wygant says first to know you’re not alone. You’re in the majority. Many men suffer from a lack of self-confidence. But your ego is preventing you from reaching out, and if you lead an egotistical life, you’ll make the same mistakes over and over again and die without accomplishing your dreams. To stop the cycle, you must step out of comfort zone and expose your vulnerability. Admitting you’re weak puts you in a position of strength and is the only way to give yourself the opportunity to get help.

David Wygant’s Dadly Wisdom

Have no expectations for your kid. None.

You might dream of your child becoming quarterback or a lawyer, but you must give up your ideas of who they should be and allow them to be the wonderful person they are.

 

 

Referenced Episodes:

The Unexpected Secrets of Men, Women, and Sex with Nell Daly

How Embracing Vulnerability will Strengthen your Resolve and Manhood with Jason MacKenzie

 


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10 Minutes a Day to a More Fulfilling Life

Finding the time for self-care is one of the hugest struggles for dads. We always have another task to complete. We’re always being asked for another favor. We feel guilty for taking time away from our family and we leave ourselves last on the list. We can be overcome by exhaustion, frustration, and depression. This is why establishing a self-care routine is crucial. Listen to how as little as ten minutes a day can lead to a happier, more fulfilling life.


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