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The audio companion to DailyDad.com’s daily email meditations on fatherhood, read by Ryan Holiday. Each daily reading will help you find the wisdom, inner strength, and good humor you need in order to be a great dad. Learn from historical figures and contemporary fathers how to do your most important job. Find more at dailydad.com.

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Is It Nature or Nurture?
188

“How much of this is nature and how much is nurture? Nobody really has a great answer to that question. What we know for certain, though, is that the debate as a whole is a waste of time. Because if it was only nature, there’d be no reason for any of us to do anything or even ponder how we can make our kids’ lives better.”

Ryan explains the difference between what is natural and what is learned, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jun 14, 2021
Sebastian Junger on the Wonder of Existence and the Complexity of Freedom
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On today’s episode of the podcast Ryan talks to author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger about his new book Freedom which details his 400 mile journey along the railroad lines of the American East Coast, how the experience of having children challenges your notions of freedom, how the fragility of life reveals a wonderment at existence, and more. 

Sebastian Junger is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Perfect Storm, War, and Tribe.  As an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a special correspondent at ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world. Junger is also a documentary filmmaker whose debut film "Restrepo" was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. 

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Jun 12, 2021
This Is The Secret
242

“When you look at successful people with kids—be they CEOs or athletes or artists—it can be easy to marvel: How do they do it? How do they get it all done? How do they get it all done and still stay in shape?”

Ryan explains how you can get more done while staying connected with your children, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jun 11, 2021
What Are You Even Fighting About?
184

“There is no family immune to conflict. Whether it’s about shoes left out or tattoos or politics, families fight. Siblings argue. Parents punish rule breaking...kids rebel. Spouses disagree, fail to communicate, and struggle under stress.”

Ryan explains why you’ve got to remember how little these things matter, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jun 10, 2021
You Must Adjust Accordingly
181

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, you grew up in a society and a culture that was less inclusive and less diverse than the one we’re in now. Certainly one that was less sensitive too.”

Ryan explains why you must always question and re-evaluate your views, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jun 09, 2021
This is What You Wanted
162

“Any parent who has had young kids takes a minute to remind younger parents with babies of this. Yes, you want them to start crawling, but as soon as they do, you’ll miss being able to set them down and not having to worry they’ll move.”

Ryan discusses the fleeting moments that you will wish you could relive, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jun 08, 2021
It's Ok For Your Kid To Be Affected
187

“There is perhaps no remark responsible for more banal evil than this one: I don’t want my kid to be negatively affected. This is what parents say—and have said for generations—in objection to just about any change, whether it was integrating schools or equal playing time in youth sports.”

Ryan explains why you can’t over protect your kids, and launches the new premium leather edition of The Obstacle Is The Way, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jun 07, 2021
Charlie Mackesy on the Importance and the Power of Kindness
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On today’s episode, Ryan talks to author Charlie Mackesy about his #1 New York Times bestselling book The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, the process of writing and creating the book, how beautiful and rare it is to find contentment, and more.

Charlie Mackesy is the author of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. The book has sold over 1.4 million copies and spent 55 weeks on the Sunday Times Bestsellers List top ten. He co-runs Mama Buci, which is a honey social enterprise in Zambia.

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Jun 05, 2021
Who Should Make Who Proud?
156

“We say it casually. We mean well. “Make me proud out there, kiddo,” we say as they trot out onto the soccer field. “Make your parents proud,” we say as they head off to college. And when they do great stuff, we reward them by letting them know that they have made us proud. We want this to motivate them. We use it, oftentimes unconsciously, to hold them accountable.”

Ryan explains why you should make this a priority in your life, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jun 04, 2021
Don't Miss The Reminders
200

“Every time you pick them up to trim their nails. Every time you take them to get their haircut. Every time you have to take a load of clothes to Goodwill or to a friend’s house. Every time you have to buy them a new pair of socks or shoes, be sure to take a moment to take notice.”

Ryan discusses how important the little things are and why they remind you of what matters most, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jun 03, 2021
Is It Really As Bad As You Say?
219

“There is a type of parent who is constantly worried about their kids. They’re worried that the teacher isn’t giving their daughter enough attention. They’re worried that their son is falling behind. They fight and claw for every advantage...and resist every possible disadvantage with equal ferocity. More than anything, they want their kids to “succeed”—and they will not let anything get in the way of that.”

Ryan rationalizes the worry and nervousness that comes with raising kids in a system that is largely out of your control, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jun 02, 2021
Where Do They Learn To Judge?
151

“You didn’t mean anything by it. It was a comment under your breath about your brother’s spending habits. It was a joke about a celebrity’s weight. It was a complaint about the way your neighbor parks in their driveway. It was the conversation between you and your spouse over dinner, about what’s wrong with the other side, about them.”

Ryan discusses how much of an impact what you say has on your kids, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jun 01, 2021
This Makes It Harder
133

“You got frustrated. Because they were being annoying. Because you already told them. Because they know they’re not supposed to hurt their brother like that.”

Ryan explains why the best place to be is in the present moment, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 31, 2021
Jessica Lahey on Self-Efficacy and Genetic Predisposition to Addiction
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Ryan talks to Jessica Lahey about her new book The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence, protecting your kids against addiction and finding the right information to guide them to success, teaching your kids about self-efficacy, and more.

Jessica Lahey is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She has written for The New York Times and The Atlantic and has taught middle and high school for over a decade. 

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May 29, 2021
Always Think About Why
124

“It’s not easy to do when they’re hitting or biting or waking up ten times a night. When they’re failing classes they’re more than capable of passing. When they get caught sneaking out. When they’re acting like a jerk.”

Ryan explains that there’s usually a reason behind everything your kids do, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 28, 2021
What We Do Ripples Through
163

“In the beautiful children’s book, Each Kindness, Jacqueline Woodson tells the story of a young girl named Chloe who, in the casual way that kids often do, treats a classmate cruelly. She is moved to change one day when her teacher demonstrates the way that water ripples when a stone is dropped in it.”

Ryan explains why your actions impact what your children do, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 27, 2021
They Can't Understand
164

“Look, there’s just no way your kids can understand. It’s impossible for a person that young, that free of responsibilities, to comprehend what it feels like to be a parent—to have your heart running around outside your body.”

Ryan explains why you have to take on the burden of concern, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 26, 2021
You Need To Take This Time
171

“Certainly, someone would have needed him for something. His wife, one of his thirteen kids, a courtier, the pressing business of state. But for a few minutes to an hour—sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the evening—Marcus Aurelius was unreachable. This was too important.”

Ryan explains why you must take your time seriously, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 25, 2021
Don't Despair, Just Wait
132

“Your kids can drive you nuts. They’re crazy. They’re struggling. They can be ungrateful. They can test and frustrate you like nothing else. But before you complain or despair...”

Ryan explains why time is one of our most useful assets, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 24, 2021
Daily Dad and Nils Parker on Breaking the Cycle of Dysfunction
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May 22, 2021
What if You Treated Everyone This Way?
121

“You know that your kids are monsters when they’re tired. You know they don’t make good decisions when they’re hungry. You know that they have emotions and urges and drives operating inside them that they don’t understand. Hormones, ignorance, fear, energy they can’t control.”

Ryan explains why we should treat everyone with the same level of respect, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 21, 2021
Every Kid Needs This From At Least One Person
184

“All kids have had a hard time this last year. Of course, for many less privileged children the last twelve months were just an introduction to the daily struggle their parents have experienced since the day they were born. Broken systems. Lurking danger. Shrinking options. Pivotal moments lost that will never come back.”

Ryan talks about the one thing that your kids need from you, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 20, 2021
Don't Start This For Them
150

“Maybe you do it because you’re in a hurry. Maybe you do it because you hate to see them struggle. Maybe it’s just a sweet gesture. Maybe you remember your parents doing it for you. Whatever the reason, you should stop.”

Ryan explains why you should teach your kids to be self-sufficient, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 19, 2021
Let Them Be Who They Are
208

“We should always try to learn from parents who have had it harder than us, who have really been through the ringer. If you haven’t watched Brandon Boulware’s deeply moving testimony about his struggles with his transgender daughter, you should really take the time to see it.”

Ryan explains how you should nurture your kids spirit, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 18, 2021
Don't Let Them Do More Damage
215

“That idiot at work. That jerk of a neighbor. That contractor who has repeatedly lied and misled you. These are realities of life, of course, but as a parent, they are also an extra layer of crap you have to deal with on top of bedtimes and colds and getting the kids off to school and making sure they are fed.”

Ryan explains why you should never let external events influence your most important job, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 17, 2021
Daily Dad and Nils Parker on Being Present With Your Kids
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On today’s episode Ryan talks to his friend and writing partner Nils Parker about Ryan’s recent parenting struggles, the urgency of giving your kids your undivided attention, the delicate balance between emotional and financial costs, and more.  

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May 15, 2021
Your Kids Have Not Been Harmed
145

“The last year has been rough. It’s not how any of us would have chosen for things to go. Remote schooling. Missed birthday parties. Cancelled trips. No unnecessary trips to the store, no concerts or games from the bleachers. Lost time with older loved ones—maybe even lost loved ones.”

Ryan explains why you must grab this situation by the right handle, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 14, 2021
Make Sure They Always Have This
164

“It’s the most heartbreaking scene in an already heartbreaking book. It’s the scene at the end of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. The father is dying. He knows it. He is trying to say goodbye to his son, the one he has tried to keep alive, to raise to be decent, to survive. “You said you wouldn’t ever leave me,” the boy cries…”

Ryan explains why you’ve gotta give your children you’re whole heart, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 13, 2021
They Are Your Work
189

“Bryan Caplan is a busy economist. He’s also a busy parent of four kids, all of whom he now homeschools. Might having that many kids and that much education to supervise impede on his career? Probably. But as Bryan tells his grad students as well as his children, ‘You are not an interruption of my work. You are my work.’”

Ryan explains what your most important job is, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 12, 2021
They Must Be Surrounded By This
165

“Do you know Lewin’s Equation? You’re experiencing its implications as you read this:

B = f (P,E)


Behavior is a function of a Person and their Environment. Our habits, our actions, our lives are determined largely by our surroundings.”

Ryan explains why you must teach your children to read, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 11, 2021
It's Game Time
132

“Everybody wants to get better. Next time, we tell ourselves, we’ll get it right. We’ll try harder. We’ll have less going on at work and therefore more time to focus. Tomorrow will be a fresh start. When they’re a little older we’ll be able to do X,Y,Z.”

Ryan explains why now is the time to be the best parent you can be, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 10, 2021
Daily Dad and Nils Parker on the Importance of Independent Decision Making
2009

On today’s podcast Ryan talks to his friend and writing partner Nils Parker about Ryan’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, the difficulty of weighing decisions independently, how to guide your children to being their best selves, and more.  

Readeo provides a virtual story time platform called Bookchat. Bookchat lets you read your favorite award-winning books over video chat with your loved ones, no matter how far apart you are. The Readeo library includes hundreds of books from publishers like Chronicle and Simon and Schuster, including stories in English, Spanish, and French. All of this can be yours for just $10 per month. You can try Readeo out for yourself with a 30-day free trial by using the code DAILY on readeo.com. That’s readeo.com to get 30 days of virtual storytime for free.

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This episode is also brought to you by Harry’s, the best subscription service where you receive new razor blades, shaving cream, and other grooming products by mail. New customers can get a Harry’s Starter Set and a FREE body wash for just $3 at harrys.com/dailydad. You’ll get a 5-blade razor, weighted handle, foaming shave gel, a travel cover, and a travel size body wash. It’s an incredibly great deal, but act fast while supplies last! Go to harrys.com/dailydad to redeem your offer.

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May 08, 2021
It's Not About You
187

“We all enter fatherhood with preconceived notions and expectations. We hear about that magically profound connection that forms the moment they are born. We’re told nothing will make us feel more fulfilled, nothing will give us a stronger or clearer sense of purpose, nothing will compare to the kind of happiness you experience when our kids do this or accomplish that.”

Ryan challenges you to ask yourself a hard question, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 07, 2021
Let Them Drum
203

“In Margarita Engels’s beautiful poem Drum Dream Girl (a must read for every parent), a little girl wants to be a drummer. But time and time again she is deterred. By archaic gender roles. By her teachers. By her own parents.”

Ryan explains why you must let your kids dream, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 06, 2021
If you Want Them To Listen
141

“You want them to listen. You want them to respect you, as we’ve talked about. What’s the secret?”

Ryan explains the key to good parenting, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 05, 2021
They Shrug It Off. So Can You
158

“Your kid falls. If you’re not paying attention, they brush themselves off and keep going. But if they see the look on your face? They burst into tears. A lot of parenting is like this. Your kids naturally have the appropriate attitude—whether it’s about standardized testing or body image or what have you—but then we project our silly baggage onto them and attach undue significance to things, and that’s when stuff starts to go sideways.”

Ryan explains why you should be able to let go of what isn’t important, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 04, 2021
Do Your Actions Match Your Values
161

“We tell ourselves we’re good people. We support good causes. We vote for the right candidates. We are disgusted when we hear people say bigoted or cruel things.”

Ryan explains why your choices matter the most, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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May 03, 2021
Daily Dad and Nils Parker on Doing the Right Thing During the Pandemic
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On today’s podcast Ryan talks to his friend and writing partner Nils Parker about Ryan’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, why it’s important to always try to do the right thing for your kids and family, the gap between classes and its impact on people’s response to the pandemic, and more. 

This episode is brought to you by Readeo. Readeo provides a virtual story time platform called Bookchat. Bookchat lets you read your favorite award-winning books over video chat with your loved ones, no matter how far apart you are. The Readeo library includes hundreds of books from publishers like Chronicle and Simon and Schuster, including stories in English, Spanish, and French. All of this can be yours for just $10 per month. You can try Readeo out for yourself with a 30-day free trial by using the code DAILY on readeo.com. That’s readeo.com to get 30 days of virtual storytime for free.

This episode is brought to you by Ritual, a multivitamin that delivers high quality nutrients, including Vitamin D3, in just 2 daily pills. Your multivitamins are delivered to your door every month with free shipping, always. You can start, snooze, or cancel your subscription anytime. And if you don’t love Ritual within your first month, they’ll refund your first order. Get key nutrients without the B.S. - Ritual is offering listeners 10% off during your first 3 months. Visit ritual.com/DAILYDAD to start your Ritual today.

This episode is brought to you by Skillshare. Try learning a new skill with Skillshare and its amazing community of members. Skillshare is also incredibly affordable—especially when compared to pricey in-person classes and workshops. An annual subscription is less than $10 a month. Explore your creativity at Skillshare.com/DAILYDAD and get a free trial of Premium Membership. That’s Skillshare.com/DAILYDAD.

This episode is also brought to you by StoryWorth. Give your mom the most meaningful gift this Mother’s Day with StoryWorth. Every week StoryWorth emails your mom a different story prompt – questions you’ve never thought to ask. Get started right away with no shipping required by going to StoryWorth.com/dailydad. You’ll get $10 off your first purchase! That’s StoryWorth.com/dailydad for $10 off.

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May 01, 2021
This Is The Enemy
127

“You’re distracted because this weird work email just came in. You’re in a bad mood because of something you saw. And what happens? Well, your kids get the brunt of it. Or they get only 50% of Dad at dinner, because you’re home but not really home.”

Ryan discusses where you should be placing your attention, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 30, 2021
This Explains Everything
136

“How old were you when you first heard of the concept of being “hangry?” Maybe it was a friend that joked about it, or someone you were dating. Maybe you’re just hearing about this portmanteau of hungry and angry for the first time in this email. Oh yeah, that’s so true.”

Ryan explains how hunger can be a teachable moment, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 29, 2021
This Is A Tough Balance
197

“We’ve talked about being a fan of your kids. We’ve talked about believing in them. We’ve talked about encouraging and supporting them. We talk about these things because they’re important.”

Ryan describes the delicate balance between discipline and reward, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 28, 2021
Your Family Was Given A Gift
198

“There have been incalculable losses over the last year. The death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic is staggering. The economic devastation is generational. And that is to say nothing of the missed graduations, the lost seasons of youth sports, the time away from the classroom.”

Ryan reminds you that there is still more time to grasp the present moment, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 27, 2021
Don't Just Assume It Will Work Out
149

“In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius takes a moment to remind himself of the “malice, cunning and hypocrisy that power produces,” and the “peculiar ruthlessness often shown by people from ‘good families.’” It’s notable that he would say such a thing, because Marcus came from a great family. His grandparents were illustrious Romans, he had a doting mother, and then he was adopted by Hadrian and Antoninus Pius and groomed for power.”

Ryan explains why you must mold your children into good people, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 26, 2021
Daily Dad and Nils Parker on Resiliency and Fragility
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On today’s podcast Ryan talks to his friend and writing partner Nils Parker about the contradicting ideas of resiliency and fragility and the role that they’ve played in children’s lives during the COVID 19 crisis. 

This episode is also brought to you by Readeo. Readeo provides a virtual story time platform called Bookchat. Bookchat lets you read your favorite award-winning books over video chat with your loved ones, no matter how far apart you are. The Readeo library includes hundreds of books from publishers like Chronicle and Simon and Schuster, including stories in English, Spanish, and French. All of this can be yours for just $10 per month. You can try Readeo out for yourself with a 30-day free trial by using the code DAILY on readeo.com. That’s readeo.com to get 30 days of virtual storytime for free.

This episode is brought to you by Ritual, a multivitamin that delivers high quality nutrients, including Vitamin D3, in just 2 daily pills. Your multivitamins are delivered to your door every month with free shipping, always. You can start, snooze, or cancel your subscription anytime. And if you don’t love Ritual within your first month, they’ll refund your first order. Get key nutrients without the B.S. - Ritual is offering listeners 10% off during your first 3 months. Visit ritual.com/DAILYDAD to start your Ritual today.

This episode is also brought to you by HelloFresh, the meal-kit subscription that gets you healthy and delicious home-cooked meals, right to your doorstep. HelloFresh sends you meal kits in a way that fits in with your schedule and dietary preferences. Meals are seasonal and delicious, and save you and your family time and money on grocery shopping. Visit HelloFresh.com/dailydad12 and use code dailydad12 for 12 free meals, including free shipping.

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Apr 24, 2021
Don't Forget How Small They Are
140

“There’s a wrenching scene in the haunting novel The Sweet Hereafter (not to be read for the faint of heart). A widowed husband is folding up the clothes of his late wife. He’s struck, holding her things, just how physically small she was.”

Ryan describes why it’s the little things that you will remember after they’re gone, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 23, 2021
What Are You Making Them Do?
150

“There’s a line adapted from Aristotle but given to us by the historian Will Durant: We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore, excellence is not an act but a habit. The real question as parents then is what are we making our kids do?”

Ryan discusses the importance of realizing that your kids habits define who they are, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 22, 2021
This Could Be The Moment
151

“You’re busy. It’s just a trip to the store. They have been a pain all day. You’re trying to get ready to give them a special surprise. ”

Ryan explains why every second with your kids counts, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 21, 2021
What Game Are You Teaching Them?
178

“There are two types of games in this life: Finite and Infinite games. Finite games are things you do once and then they’re over. Infinite games are more like life itself—it goes on and on and everything is interrelated and independent.”

Ryan explains why you must choose the games you teach your children carefully, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 20, 2021
You Can't Expect Them To Have The Same Taste...Yet
203

“We’ve talked before about enjoying the classics with your kids. Not necessarily ‘the classics’ in the ancient Greek literature sense, but classic rock, classic films. You know, the all time greats.”

Ryan explains how your children will grow up to reflect the taste that you give them, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 19, 2021
Daily Dad on Advice for Expecting Parents
2543

On today’s podcast Ryan talks to his friend and writing partner Nils Parker about advice that they wish they would've been given before they had kids. 

This episode is brought to you by Skillshare. Try learning a new skill with Skillshare and its amazing community of members. Skillshare is also incredibly affordable—especially when compared to pricey in-person classes and workshops. An annual subscription is less than $10 a month. Explore your creativity at Skillshare.com/DAILYDAD and get a free trial of Premium Membership. That’s Skillshare.com/DAILYDAD.

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This episode is also brought to you by Harry’s, the best subscription service where you receive new razor blades, shaving cream, and other grooming products by mail. New customers can get a Harry’s Starter Set and a FREE body wash for just $3 at harrys.com/dailydad. You’ll get a 5-blade razor, weighted handle, foaming shave gel, a travel cover, and a travel size body wash. It’s an incredibly great deal, but act fast while supplies last! Go to harrys.com/dailydad to redeem your offer.

This episode is also brought to you by ShipStation. No matter how much you sell, ShipStation makes it super easy to manage and ship all your orders from all your sales channels faster, cheaper and more efficiently. Ship more in less time. Just use the offer code, DAILYDAD, to get a 60 - day free trial. That’s 2 months FREE of no - hassle, stress - free shipping. Just go to ShipStation.com, click on the microphone at the top of the page, and type in DAILYDAD. That’s ShipStation.com, enter offer code DAILYDAD. Make SHIP happen.

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Apr 17, 2021
Give What You Didn't Get
185

“Marqise Lee didn’t play football in 2020. He could have played for Bill Belichick but he didn’t. Not because he was worn down or afraid of the grind—as an athlete and a football player, he’s in the prime of his career.”

Ryan explains why difficulty should bring your family closer together, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 16, 2021
This Is The One Thing You Cannot Do
203

“We can mess up a lot as parents—in fact, we will mess up a lot. We will work too much. We will have issues from our own childhood bubble to the surface. We’ll lose our tempers. We can push too hard...or not hard enough.”

Ryan describes the most important responsibility you have as a parent, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 15, 2021
To Whom Much Is Given...
137

“Your kids want to know why their friends don’t have to do chores. They want to know why you aren’t happy with middling grades. They want to know why you’re taking the trouble they got in so seriously. It’s not a big deal, they say.”

Ryan explains the importance of setting high expectations for your children, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

Marcus Aurelius’s character wasn’t an accident. He fought—to use his phrase—to be the person philosophy tried to make him, the person Rusticus and his mother and Antoninus tried to make him. That’s the story we tell in The Boy Who Would Be King and we’d love for you to check it out. And we have some great news—the ebook version of The Boy Who Would Be King is available on Amazon right now for $1.99. The promotion ends tomorrow night, so pick up a copy and share it with your kids while they’re at their most formative. 

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Apr 14, 2021
Don't Think About It This Way
159

“Every TV show perpetuates the stereotype. Our own memories confirm it. At some point, parents have to have “The Talk.” About drugs. About sex. About race. About divorce.”

Ryan explains why the perspective you take when raising kids is everything, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 13, 2021
This Solves Most Problems
131

“We’ve said before that taking a walk will solve most of your parenting problems. Getting the kids outside, rocking them with the ambulatory sway of our species, stimulating them with some sunlight and scenery. It’s decent for your relationships too—with both your kids and your spouse—to get some space, turn down the volume, distract the mind.”

Ryan describes the simple solution to most of your problems, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 12, 2021
Daily Dad on How to Raise a Resilient Child
806

“Every parent wants a resilient child. Nobody feels good sending a fragile or vulnerable kid in the world. We know that resilience isn’t just a tool to weather the inescapable hardships in life, but also the secret to surviving everyday problems without losing your cool, like dealing with difficult people or running late to an important meeting.”

On today’s podcast, Ryan reads a few fundamental strategies for dads looking to teach their kids the art of resiliency. 

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Apr 10, 2021
It's Your Job To Check In
157

“Nobody steals a scene on Seinfeld quite like George’s parents, Frank and Estelle Costanza. And of course, nobody makes George more miserable than them. They are a crazy, absurd set of parents.”

Ryan uses the example George Costanza from Seinfeld to explain why it’s your responsibility to understand your child’s life, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 09, 2021
Have You Seen Their Perspective?
151

“We think they’re making excuses. We think they’re making stuff up. We just want them to go back and sleep in their bed. Or listen to their coach. Or get their work done. It’s fine, we tell them. Just give it a try. Wear your jacket, it’s not that uncomfortable. Do your homework, it’s not that difficult.”

Ryan explains why you should do your best to see things through your kids eyes, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 08, 2021
You’ll Always Have This
175

“The last twelve months have been rough. They were defined by lockdowns and job losses and masks and wildfires and protests. But what about someone with a one-year-old? To them, the last twelve months certainly had all those things, but it was mostly defined by the birth of their child, their first smile, their first…so many things.”

Ryan explains why your children should be your most prized possession, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 07, 2021
If You Want Your Kids To Respect You
152

“Every parent wants to be respected. They want to be listened to. They want their advice to be taken seriously. They want to be looked up to. And how do far too many of us try to get these things from our kids? By endless words. By force. By fear. By simply assuming it’s ours by right.”

Ryan explains how you can truly earn the admiration of your children, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 06, 2021
They Don’t Know Your Battles
183

“The story of Major Taylor is an inspiring one...and a tragic one. Major Taylor was the greatest cyclist of his generation, perhaps one of the great athletes to ever live. The only problem was that he was born in 1878 and he was born black in America.”

Ryan illustrates why you should always be open with your children by telling the story of Major Taylor, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 05, 2021
Daily Dad and Ron Lieber on Preparing Your Kids For Financial Success
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Ryan speaks to author Ron Lieber about the key Stoic virtue of temperance, how money can be a great tool for teaching, how parents and kids should approach college and gap years, and more.

Ron Lieber is a bestselling author of several books and has been a New York Times columnist since 2008. His newest book The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make released in January 2021. 

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Apr 03, 2021
Teach Them To Think and Evaluate
170

“Plutarch tells us the story of a Spartan leader: "As he reclined after his meal the Eiren would tell one boy to sing, while to another he would pose a question which called for a considered reply, like "Who among the men is best?' or 'What is your opinion of so-and -so's action?' Thereby boys grew accustomed to judging excellence and to making a critical appraisal of the citizens right from the start.”

Ryan discusses how you should mold your kids minds to question and review, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 02, 2021
They Get It Better Than You
181

“We told the story recently of the wakeup call that Rich Cohen got from his son’s hockey coach. Complaining about playing time, the coach asked if Rich’s son was happy, and when Rich said he was, the coach asked, “Then what do you care?””

Ryan explains why you should listen to your kids view on things, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Apr 01, 2021
It’s Usually Not an Accident
188

“Florence Nightingale was an incredible woman. She revolutionized nursing. She saved thousands and thousands of lives. This came as a surprise in Victorian England because women weren’t supposed to do career-type things, let alone something as hands on as work in a hospital. Her spirit and her determination came as a surprise to her parents too, as we’ve talked about, who thought their wealth and status, should have bestowed on their daughter a quiet dignity and taste for the finer things.”

Ryan explains why you should be careful with who you expose your kids to, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 31, 2021
It’s a Family Affair
191

“Taylor Branch’s incredible series on Martin Luther King Jr and the Civil Rights Movement spans three volumes. It’s almost 3000 pages with hundreds of footnotes. It won awards like the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award. More importantly, it’s really, really good—a must-read for anyone trying to understand social change or American history.”

Ryan describes how your kids are a part of the journey that you are on, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 30, 2021
Be Careful of Your Implications
165

“In an early episode of The Crown, Princess Margaret and her sister Queen Elizabeth wax nostalgic about their loving, late father, who used to refer to his daughters as his “pride and joy.” It was a beautiful memory, but also a painful one.”

Ryan explains how the things that you aren’t aware of may be impacting your children the most, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 29, 2021
Daily Dad and Volleyball Legend Gabrielle Reece on How Family Gives Us Meaning
4079

Ryan speaks to Gabrielle Reece about how family gives us meaning, the stillness that is required to accurately observe ourselves, how to properly maintain healthy relationships and find enough for yourself, and more. 

Gabrielle Reece is a professional volleyball player and author of the New York Times bestseller My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper. She is also an executive member of Laird Superfood and is also the host of the Gabby Reece Show.

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Mar 27, 2021
Do You Do This Over Dinner?
164

“Some families watch TV at dinner. Some families eat separately. Some families talk idly about their day. Dinner at Agnes Callard’s house is different. She and her children debate.

Ryan challenges you to think about what your family dinner conversation is concerned with, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 26, 2021
They Don’t Understand Time (Do You?)
204

“Think about where you were fifteen years ago. Twenty. Just how long ago that was. Now think about your thoughts from fifteen years ago. Maybe that takes you back too far, but even that is illustrative: when we’re younger, we have a very limited conception of time… because we haven’t experienced much of it.”

Ryan explains why you should instill a genuine concept of time in your kids, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 25, 2021
Be Something and Somebody
181

“E.H Harriman was a hell of a businessman and, as we’ve talked about before, a surprisingly good father. He had a reputation as a rapacious industrialist, but at home he was tender and engaged with his kids. He was patient and instilled in them good values.”

Ryan discusses why you should set high expectations for your children, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 24, 2021
Lay Down These Rules
158

“Every family is going to have their own rules. Some parents want a “Yes, sir” and Yes, Ma’am,” others are OK being called by their first name. Some tolerate elbows on the table, others won’t even allow screen time. Every family is different, so every family will have different rules.”

Ryan explains why you must show more than you tell, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 23, 2021
Are You Telling Them This?
132

“As a young novelist, Susan Straight was told by her mentor, the great James Baldwin, “You must continue to write. It is imperative.” Imagine how different that was than the example she got from her own mother, who as we explained, believed her own creative life was over the day she had kids.”

Ryan explains why you must believe in your children, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 22, 2021
How to Teach Your Kids About Ancient Philosophy
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On today’s podcast, Ryan Holiday discusses some tips for teaching your kids about ancient philosophy and Stoicism. We want to pass on our knowledge to our children, but it isn't always easy to know how to best do that. 

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Mar 20, 2021
We Can Choose Our Parents
149

“We were given two parents. Or maybe one. Or maybe more. All of our upbringings were different, and outside of our control. We didn’t get to decide who our mom was or who our dad was, if they got divorced, if they were present, if our stepparents were a blessing or a nightmare.”

Ryan discusses the ability that you have to choose who you model yourself after, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 19, 2021
Classics Are The Key
170

“You like stuff. your kids like different stuff. It’s a conflict as old as parenthood itself. Music, food, art--the generational divide is real. Does this mean we can’t even connect? No, of course not. There is something we should always be able to enjoy together--the stuff that transcends generations: The classics.”

Ryan explains why you should bond with your children over things that will stand the test of time, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 18, 2021
Here’s What Matters
143

“Rich Cohen loves hockey. He loves watching his kids excel at it. Like any parent, the last thing he wants to see is for them to struggle, or worse, to not get their fair share--whether it’s playing time or respect.”

Ryan explains why you should learn to let go of what isn’t essential to your job when parenting your children, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 17, 2021
Your Job Is To Bother
138

“They’d rather you not check in so much. They’d rather you not tell them how you feel about them so much. They’d rather you not hug them in front of their friends. And? It’s not a coincidence that father rhymes with bother. That’s our job. To be up in their business.”

Ryan discusses the importance of being involved in your children’s lives, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 16, 2021
The Kinds of Stories To Tell Them
183

“It was a dark time. The world was falling apart. School was a distant memory. All they had was time. Is this your life? Or is it the plot of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road?

Ryan explains why you should expose your kids to inspiring and entertaining stories that instill values in them, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 15, 2021
Daily Dad and Illustrator Victor Juhasz on Marcus Aurelius and The Boy Who Would Be King
3906

On today’s podcast, Ryan speaks to his collaborator and illustrator for his new book The Boy Who Would Be King about the process of creating the art for the book, imposing discipline on yourself, how he was impacted by Marcus Aurelius’ story, and more. 

Victor Juhasz is an artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, and Esquire Magazine, and more. He has illustrated many books including G is for Gladiator: An Ancient Rome Alphabet and is for Zeus: A Greek Mythology Alphabet.

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Mar 13, 2021
Transcend this Bitter Math
206

“We know our parents sacrificed for us. That’s what history is...people giving stuff up for future generations, whether it’s crossing lonely oceans or fighting in wars or, as it was in the old days, enduring painful, suffocating relationships and stultifying gender roles.”

Ryan explains why you should be careful about how you view the relationship with your children, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 12, 2021
They’re Only Going To Ask You So Many Times
147

“They’re only going to ask you so many times: to get in the pool with them, to sit next to them, to help with their homework, to talk about the problem they’re having. No, not because you only get a certain number of summers and car rides and moments with your kids, like we’ve talked about. They’re only going to ask you so many times, because at some point they’re going to get the message.”

Ryan talks about why the urgency of the present should encourage you to be better to your kids, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 11, 2021
What’s More Important?
206

“Yeah, it costs money to heat a house warmer than it needs to be. Yeah, rooms should be clean. Yeah, it’s annoying when shoes are left in a pile. Yeah, you told them to knock that off already. But? But what’s more important?

Ryan explains why you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff, cause it’s not what really matters, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 10, 2021
You Can Educate and Entertain
193

“You want to put them to sleep, so you read them the first book off the shelf. You’re on the couch with your daughter, so you watch whatever movie is on TV. You want the kids to relax in the car, so you put something on the iPad.”

Ryan explains why the stories that you expose your children to should inspire and instruct them, and launches his newest book The Boy Who Will Be King, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Mar 09, 2021
You Must Raise and Educate Them the Same
194

“Are there differences between boys and girls? Of course. Anyone that tells you differently either isn’t a parent or they have some agenda that’s blinding them. There are sex differences in every other animal that ever existed. Humans are no exception.”

Ryan explains why there is no difference in raising different genders, the point is to raise them to be great, on today’s Daily Dad Podcast.

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Mar 08, 2021
Allie Esiri On the Power of Poetry and Daily Reads
1061

On today’s podcast, Ryan speaks to writer Allie Esiri about the Stoic’s infatuation with ancient poetry, how to read and find insight in poetry, how the greatest writing communicates to us on a subliminal level, and more. 

Allie Esiri is a writer and former actress in stage, film, and television. She has released several poetry anthologies including 2020’s, Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year, a collection of passages from Shakespeare's greatest works.

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Mar 06, 2021
This Is All an Invention
193

“This didn’t used to exist you know. Kids had it way harder before. Not just a hundred-plus years ago when they were valued most for their labor on the farm, but back further still—kids got married when they were still kids, they were exposed to the horrors of the world when they were still kids, they were forced to fight and fend for themselves while they were still kids.”

Ryan explains how childhood was made up, and why it’s your job to protect it for your children, on today’s Daily Dad Podcast.

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Mar 05, 2021
There Are More Important Things to Worry About
217

“In Plato’s Phaedrus, Socrates tells the story of the god Theuth approaching the King of Egypt, hardly able to contain his excitement about sharing his latest and greatest invention: an innovative technology he called “writing.” The King was enthusiastically opposed.”

Ryan discusses the timeless debate about the things that are negatively impacting children’s growth, on today’s Daily Dad Podcast.

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Mar 04, 2021
What Kind of Voice Are You Giving Them?
163

“You hear it all the time. The voice in your head. You’ve heard it all your life. The one that tells you what’s right. The one that tells you what it thinks you ought to do. It can also turn nasty, whispering that you’re not good enough, that everyone sees through you, that you’ll never measure up.”

Ryan explains how our internal narrative is largely developed during childhood, and why you should take the responsibility of molding your child’s inner voice very seriously, on today’s Daily Dad Podcast.

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Mar 03, 2021
They Don't Care
167

“Of course, your kids love you. They look up to you. They imitate you. They want to be around you. At the same time, it seems like they could not be less impressed or less interested in us.”

Ryan uses a story from the Super-Bowl winning quarterback Phil Simms to illustrate why your kids won’t be your fans, but you should be their biggest one, on today’s Daily Dad Podcast.

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Mar 02, 2021
This Is Why We Read
169

“You’ve read plenty of bad books as a parent. The ham-handed kids books. The nonsensical ones. The vanity projects. The patronizing ones. Why are you reading to your kids? To teach them to read, of course. To spend time together, of course. But also to teach them about life.”

Ryan explains the purpose that stories should serve in your children’s life, and launches his new book The Boy Who Would Be King, on today’s Daily Dad Podcast.

Pre-order The Boy Who Would Be King, our newest release at Daily Stoic, written by Ryan Holiday in the depths of the pandemic (not unlike the one Marcus ruled through), this new beautifully crafted book is available for preorder now. As a special bonus, if you order this book before March 9th, 2021, you’ll get a FREE audiobook version as well. Go to dailystoic.com/king to pre-order now and you’ll automatically get the free book.

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Mar 01, 2021
Daily Dad’s Best Advice From Authors
643

Today’s episode features a compilation of some of the best advice that we’ve found from great authors. Ryan revisits stories from Cormac McCarthy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, and James Frey. 

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Feb 27, 2021
They Got Your Number
143

“You used to think you had it so together. And maybe you still do. At work, you’re important and together. In relationships, you’re measured and firm. You’re an adult. You’re in charge right Nah. They are in charge.”

Ryan explains why your children should hold as special place in your heart, on today’s Daily Dad Podcast.

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Feb 26, 2021
It's Not Fair to Expect This
159

“If you’ve ever watched Netflix’s The Crown, you’ve seen this lesson play out: Queen Elizabeth is strong. She’s stoic. She’s restrained. She’s got a profound sense of duty. And she is continually surprised to see others struggle or fall short of her standards.”

Ryan discusses why the point is, as Marcus Aurelius said, to be “tolerant with others, and strict with yourself,” on today’s Daily Dad Podcast.

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Feb 25, 2021
If You Want Them to Do Right
142

“You think they’re not watching, but of course they are. What else do they have going on? You’re the most entertaining and strange show in their lives. They watch what you eat...and how you eat. They watch how you treat your partner. They watch how you drive. They watch how you treat people. They see your habits. They live in your lifestyle. They feel what you value and what you don’t.”

Ryan explains why you must model the behavior that you want to see your kids reciprocate, on today’s Daily Dad Podcast.

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Feb 24, 2021
You Must Amend Your Life
170

“Nobody wants to think about this. We love our kids too much. We love our lives too much. We have too much to do. But we have to stop. We have to stop and think about this unpleasant fact: We will not be here forever. Nobody will be.”

Ryan explains why you need to be with your children in the present moment, on today’s Daily Dad Podcast.

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Feb 23, 2021
What Are We Teaching Them?
136

“The fact that there are so many memes about this shows how widespread the problem is. ‘Another day without using the Pythagorean theorem,’ reads one. Another jokes about a kid wanting to learn how to balance their finances who is instead taught ‘Hot Cross Buns’ on the recorder. Another has a totally unprepared adult repeating the one thing they learned in school: ‘Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.’”

Ryan why you need to instill good character into your children, on today’s Daily Dad Podcast.

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Feb 22, 2021
Daily Dad’s Best Advice from Athletes and Coaches
729

Today’s episode features a compilation of some of the best advice that we’ve found from athletes and coaches. Ryan revisits stories about Kobe Bryant, Jack Harbaugh, Archie Manning, and Jim Valvano. 

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Feb 20, 2021
We Cannot Abdicate Our Responsibilities
164

“We’ve talked before about F. Scott Fitzgerald. He was a great writer who wrestled with many demons. He was spoiled by his parents. He inherited alcoholism. He struggled valiantly at the end of his life to be a good father, but it was an uphill battle. Even the times were against him—society tolerated selfish, immature fathers. Especially high-achieving ones.”

Ryan encourages you to be present with your children, and explains the consequences of neglecting them, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Feb 19, 2021
It’s About Learning, Not Memorization
134

“It’s time for us to review your multiplication tables, you tell them. Let’s look over your vocab flash cards. Or maybe you’re one of those parents that makes your kids recite poems or plays, that signs them up for performances. Maybe you’re drilling them for a spelling bee right now.”

Ryan discusses why the goal in teaching your children lessons should be to instill the knowledge in them, not just to get them to remember it, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Feb 18, 2021
There Are No Such Things As “Children’s Stories”
197

“Aesop’s Fables are silly stories about dogs and mice and foxes and lions. Children love them. But are they ‘for kids?’ No, they are for human beings. They are designed to teach lessons. Bad stories pander. Good stories entertain. Great ones teach while they do it. The question is, what kind of stories are you filling your kid imagination with? What kind of stories are you filling your own life with?”

Ryan explains why the stories that you expose your children to should be teaching them timeless lessons, and launches his newest book The Boy Who Will Be King, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

Pre-order The Boy Who Would Be King, our newest release at Daily Stoic, written by Ryan Holiday in the depths of the pandemic (not unlike the one Marcus ruled through), this new beautifully crafted book is available for preorder now. As a special bonus, if you order this book before March 9th, 2021, you’ll get a FREE audiobook version as well. Go to dailystoic.com/king to pre-order now and you’ll automatically get the free book.

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Feb 17, 2021
The Harder Path Is Worth It
123

“Cynicism is easy. Being jaded is easy. Being tired—tired of other people, tired of life—is easy. Hope? Hope is hard. Earnestness is hard. Caring is hard. But that’s the whole thing: Nobody said being a parent was easy.”

Ryan explains that raising children is challenging but also rewarding, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Feb 16, 2021
Their Faults Are Your Faults
174

“They don’t listen. They make bad choices. They don’t give their best efforts. Your kids can drive you nuts. After all, isn’t mimicry pretty aggravating?”

Ryan explains how your children are an opportunity for you to understand your own flaws, and to help them overcome them, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Feb 15, 2021
Daily Dad and Agnes Callard on Teaching Children Philosophy
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On today’s episode Ryan speaks to professor and author Agnes Callard about pulling children towards philosophy, how to popularize philosophy in your own household, and how to set the stakes higher when teaching your kids. 

Agnes Callard is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago (ancient philosophy and ethics). She wrote Aspiration: The Agency of Becoming and wrote the lead essay in On Anger, one of the New Yorker’s top books of 2020. 

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Feb 13, 2021
You Are Only As Happy As Your Unhappiest Child
184

“In 2013, two of Jack Harbaugh’s kids were coaching against each other in the Super Bowl. They had led their respective teams to the NFL promised land, achieving success at the highest level of organized football, and now they were going to play the game their family loved in front of 71,000 people inside the Superdome and more than 160 million viewers at home across the country.”

Ryan discusses the predicament of watching one kid fail while the other succeeds, and explains how their happiness can not determine your worth, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Feb 12, 2021
You Can Find the Time
143

“We think we’re too busy. We think it’s impossible. We’re parents now. There’s no way we can start that company. There’s no way we can finish that project. We have to be realistic. We’ve got to put aside for now. There just isn’t enough time.

Ryan explains why you don’t have to hang up your dreams when you have kids, you just have to be creative, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Feb 11, 2021
The Fire Is Real
149

“The last pages of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road are about the hardest thing any father will ever have to read. The man is dying. He knows it. He knows it means leaving his boy alone—alone in a terrible world. He knows he has just a few minutes left to teach, to prepare his son for life without him. What does he does? What does he say?”

Using this example from Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road,” Ryan explains why we should teach our children about the goodness that is already within them, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Feb 10, 2021
Leave Them Alone!
186

“As we’ve said before, people have been complaining of the next generation...since well, generations. It’s an old cliche: There’s something wrong with our kids and their friends. They’re missing something. Ugh.”

Ryan explains the tired cliche of complaining about the lack of understanding in younger generations, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Feb 09, 2021
We’re Doing It Wrong
156

“When you think of your own school days, what do you think of? What do the days at school of your own children look like? Certainly, very different from what school was ever intended or imagined to be. The root word of school—scholé—in Greek refers to the idea of leisure. It’s supposed to be a place of reflection.”

Ryan discusses how we’ve distorted  the nature of children's education throughout the years, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Feb 08, 2021
Daily Dad and Jessica Lahey, Angel Parham, Brett McKay, and Dr. Harvey Karp on Parenting
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Today’s episode features clips from some of the best interviews about parenting from The Daily Stoic Podcast. Ryan talks to Jessica Lahey, Angel Parham, Brett McKay, and Dr. Harvey Karp about letting your kids fail, reading the classics to them, teaching them hope and decency, and how to approach parenting from a philosophical perspective.

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Feb 06, 2021
You Got What You’ll Want
149

“There’s been some iconic father-son moments in sports history. Tiger hugging his son Charlie after winning the Masters. Drew Brees lifting up his son Baylen after winning the Super Bowl. Michael Phelps running to kiss his son Boomer after making Olympic history. Now there is a new one.”

Ryan explains how even amidst your greatest achievements, all that you want is what you already have, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Feb 05, 2021
Prepare Them Now. While You Can.
135

“Life is easy now. We should just let them enjoy it right? Before they have to work for a living. Before they have to care about what’s going on in the world. While they can do whatever they want, while they can get away with eating whatever they want, and all the innocent freedoms that children are blessed with.”

Ryan discusses why you should be sure that your kids are ready for the harsh reality of the world, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Feb 04, 2021
Let’s Get To The Bottom Of It
151

“They have questions. You have answers. That’s how this works? Sure, if you want to be a human form of a Google Search.”

Ryan explains why you should let your kids figure things out on their own, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Feb 03, 2021
Give Them This Stuff
169

“The novelist John Steinbeck used to write his novels with pencils. In 1952, he was wearing himself out writing his greatest novel, East of Eden. He was also wearing down his pencils, one by one, as the words poured out.”

Ryan discusses how the mundane can become treasure, but only if you look for it, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Feb 02, 2021
The Right Thing Is Not So Simple Anymore
182

“When you were younger, you were brash. You didn’t take crap. You didn’t keep quiet. If you disagreed, or didn’t like something, you said something. We hated hypocrites. We shook our head at the compromises that we saw older people make. We laughed at them for the way they settled. We were angry with our parents for their political and social beliefs. We were idealistic. They were conservative. It drove us nuts.”

Ryan explains why you must learn to balance your ambition with your role as a parent, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Feb 01, 2021
Daily Dad and Emily Oster on Rational Parenting
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On today’s episode, Ryan has a wide-ranging conversation with professor and economist Emily Oster. They talk about how to balance your life with children, how to communicate positive messaging, how the American government handled the pandemic, and more.

Emily Oster is a professor of economics at Brown University, as well as the bestselling author of several books. Her most recent book, Cribsheet, aims to help improve decision making during the early years of parenting.

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Jan 30, 2021
Teach Them How To Devour Like This
188

“Some parents want their kids to know how to read. We want more than that. We want our kids to be obsessed. We want them to hunger for books. We want them to read like they’re on a mission.”

Ryan explains why you should teach your children to find great joy and insight in reading, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 29, 2021
Don’t Tie Down Your Eagle
144

“Florence Nightingale was a precocious child. As a toddler, she always went her own way. Then, unlike many girls her age at the time, she wasn’t interested in parties or getting married or fancy things. She wanted to do something different with her life.”

Learn how the life of Florence Nightingale should teach you to let your kids grow into who they were meant to be, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 28, 2021
Keep Your Head Up And Take Another Swing
175

“No person has a perfect track record. Certainly, no parent does. We all mess up. We all fall short. We get our priorities wrong. We make mistakes. We lose our temper and our patience. We all handle certain situations in ways we wish we hadn’t.”

Ryan discusses why holding onto your past mistakes is a recipe for disaster, and why you should always strive to get better, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 27, 2021
Make Your Name Mean Something
185

“When Cato’s son Marcus fell at the second battle of Philippi in 42 BCE, his final act was to shout his father’s name. When Cato’s daughter Porcia wanted to prove her mettle to the conspirators as they plotted against Caesar, she simply told her husband, ‘I am Cato’s daughter.’”

Ryan explains why you should live the principles and values that you want your children to live up to, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 26, 2021
Regular Kids Can Do Great Things
168

“It is obvious, in retrospect, why some of the towering figures of the 20th century were who they were. Stalin. Hitler. Mao. Even Churchill. They had formative, even horrible childhoods that propelled them to seek power, made them ruthless and cunning, ambitious and even the worst of them, brilliant at times.”

Learn why your kids don’t have to come from painful circumstances to be great, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 25, 2021
Daily Dad and Harvey Karp on How to Be a Great Parent
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Ryan speaks with Dr. Harvey Karp, a parenting expert and inventor of the SNOO Sleep System, about how people prepare for parenthood, the benefits of seeking out parenting expertise, and more.

Dr. Harvey Karp is a pediatrician and the creator of the SNOO Sleep System. Dr. Karp is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and teaches pediatrics at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. He has achieved renown for his methods that help infants quickly and safely go to sleep.

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Jan 23, 2021
It’s Not Over For You
191

“The writer Susan Straight was helping her mother move, when she found an old painting thrown in the trash can. Sensing that this wasn’t something that her mother had bought, she asked her about it. ‘I took a painting class at the YMCA,’ her mother explained. ‘Then I found a book—teach yourself to paint. My mother was an artist. She made beautiful sketches of our garden and our house in Switzerland.’”

Ryan explains the reason why you should continually cultivate your interests and hobbies as a parent, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 22, 2021
Don’t Be Mad At Good People 
156

“You’re a patient person. You don’t get road rage. You don’t snap at your employees. You accept apologies when offered. You treat strangers well. Because these are the rules of polite society. Because this is the secret to success in business and life.”

Ryan discusses how proximity affects how you treat people, and why you should learn to control your temper, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 21, 2021
Just Be a Fan. Just Be a Fan.
154

“Maybe your kid is into weird stuff. Maybe their heavy metal band sucks--or their talents as a white MC are almost offensive. Maybe you can’t stand the shows they like, or maybe their dream is an unlikely one at best.”

Learn why you should cheer your kids on while nurturing and respecting their interests, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 20, 2021
The Struggle With Struggle
196

“We all know that what we went through in life is what made us who we are. The breakups, the failures, the losses and the mistakes. Some of us grew up poor. Others grew up rich but with absent parents. Others grew up around addiction or dysfunction.”

Ryan discusses the delicate balance between protecting and restraining your children, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 19, 2021
Everything Is Figureoutable, Pt. II
169

“When Charles Lindbergh was thinking about attempting the first transatlantic flight, he ran into an issue. It wasn’t that he had very little money. It wasn’t that he was a nobody. It wasn’t even that he hadn’t flown more than a few hours in one stop before. It wasn’t even that others who had tried it had died.”

Ryan discusses the one skill that that transcends all others, and why you must show it to your kids, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 18, 2021
Daily Dad On Bringing the Right Energy Into Your Home
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On today's long episode of the Daily Dad Podcast, Ryan and Nils talk about how to create and maintain the right environment in your home—one where your kids are always happy to hear you coming home from work. 

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Jan 16, 2021
You Have To Sell Them On This
172

“As you’ve gotten older, it’s been harder to deny: People can be awful. Institutions let you down. The world will break your heart. There is such thing as evil. There is too much of it out there.”

Learn why it’s okay to protect your kids from the evil in the world, so long as you sell them on this, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 15, 2021
Don’t Overdo It!
141

“You love them. It feels good to get them things. It feels good to spoil them even. Especially if you’re someone who works a lot, who feels guilty about mistakes they’ve made, who carry wounds from their own childhood.”

Ryan discusses the delicate balancing act that you must practice, even when showing your kids affection, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 14, 2021
Apply Your Opinions At Home
177

“Like any reasonable adult, you’ve got opinions about the world. How the country should be run. What courage looks like in a politician. What a great coach does, what’s expected of an athlete in crunchtime, what loyalty they owe to the team. Maybe you think budgets should be balanced, maybe you really admire the boldness of certain entrepreneurs and think the world needs more of them.”

Ryan explains why the most important place to employ your opinion is in your home, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 13, 2021
They Don’t Need a Lecture. They Need This.
150

“Your kids screwed up. They failed a test. They forgot their homework. They hit their brother. They scratched your car and lied about it. They got caught drinking. They got caught cheating. Worse, yet, you have talked to them about these things so many times. ”

Learn why it’s imperative that you practice patience and discipline with your children, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 12, 2021
Work With Them To Find Their Lane
166

“You want your kids to be successful. You want them to be ambitious. You want them to fulfill the potential you see in them. Every parent does. You have this idea of where you think you ought to go… and then of course, they have other ideas.”

Ryan discusses why you should help your children realize who they were meant to be, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 11, 2021
Daily Dad On Raising Kids During the Pandemic
2101

On the first longform episode of the Daily Dad podcast, author Ryan Holiday and editor Nils Parker discuss the unique challenges they've faced as parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jan 09, 2021
Look for The Excuse
137

“When he was a young teenager, Lewis Puller Jr. got himself an afternoon paper route. It was one of those things that his parents insisted on so he could learn responsibility and hard work and all that. And it was certainly good for that. It was also good for something even better. One day, Lewis’ bike got a flat tire, so his dad (Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in US history) drove him on the route. The next day, it rained, so Chesty did it again. On the third day, Lewis’ dad got the car and drove him again anyway--even though he didn’t need to. Because it was the excuse he was looking for to spend time together.”

Learn why we must make excuses to spend time with or kids, and why all time is quality time, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 08, 2021
Embrace This Mindset
135

“You clean and the house is dirty. You do the dishes and then five minutes later, the sink is full again. Literally before you’ve even finished helping them put their toys away, they’re splayed out across the floor. The new clothes you just bought them are now filthy and frayed. This can drive you nuts. Or you can learn to love it.”

Ryan explains that raising is an art that shouldn’t be taken for granted on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 07, 2021
Give Them Space
128

“If you’re not careful, their whole lives get filled up. Soccer practice. School. Cello lessons. Chores are home. After all, you don’t want them in front of screens all day. You want them to make something of themselves. You don’t want them to waste their life or fall behind.”

Learn how to be mindful of your kids time and schedule, and why it’s your responsibility to protect them from burnout,  on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 06, 2021
Delay, Delay, Delay
169

“You’re angry. That’s understandable. Your boss has been awful. The contractor still hasn’t finished fixing the bathroom. You just spilled coffee on your shirt. Or maybe it’s one of those days with the kids: One kid lied to you about doing their homework. The other talked back to their mother. A third still made scrambled eggs and forgot to turn the stove off. ”

Ryan discusses a Stoic tactic for taming your temper, and how to turn hard moments into lessons for your kids, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 05, 2021
Are You The Good Guys?
149

“We picked up our political beliefs somewhere. From books we read, from how we grew up, from what we’ve seen in the world. We got started in our industry for so many reasons--luck, a natural inclination, because the money seemed good.”

Learn why you should be actively revising your perspective on life, and how to teach your kids to do the same thing, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 04, 2021
Show Them Age is No Barrier
146

“When Bessie Carter, President Jimmy Carter’s mother, was 68 years old, she saw an ad on television for the Peace Corps that said ‘Age is no barrier.’ So she joined. Almost 70 years old, she went to India and taught nutrition and family planning!”

Learn how Jimmy Carter’s mother inspired him to never stop making a difference, even when the clock was ticking, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Jan 01, 2021
It’s Never Too Late
198

“We talked recently about Springsteen’s choice for parents: Will you be an ancestor or a ghost? Haunt them or help them? The story he tells about how he came to this understanding comes from his own struggles with his own father. As he explained on Broadway, when he and his wife were expecting their first kid, his father--who had always been distant and harsh--drove something like five hundred miles and showed up at Bruce’s door.”

Ryan uses the example of Bruce Springsteen’s father to explain why you should face the past and help your kids be better than you were, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Dec 31, 2020
You Have To Make Time For This
190

“You’re stressed. You’re busy. You have so much on your plate. Time to read? Other than kids books? Get out of here. Except maybe the latter is the solution to the former. If you want to be less stressed, you gotta make time for yourself--to read, to think, to learn. The great William Osler (founder of John Hopkins University) told his medical students it was important that they turn to literature as a way to nourish and relax their minds. ‘When chemistry distresses your soul,’ he said, ‘seek peace in the great pacifier, Shakespeare, ten minutes with Montaigne will lighten the burden.’”

Ryan discusses the importance of learning, and communing with the ‘saints of humanity’, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Dec 30, 2020
The Present Is Pleasurable Enough
201

“After a long and arduous hunt, Theodore Roosevelt finally got the bull caribou he had been tracking. ‘It was one of those moments,’ he later wrote, ‘that repay the hunter for days of toil and hardship; that is if he needs repayment, and does not find life in the wilderness pleasure enough in itself.’”

Ryan explains why we should always focus on the present moment, because it’s where the true reward lies, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Dec 29, 2020
You Have To Keep Track
170

“This whole thing can go by so fast. Because you have so much going on. Because you feel like you’re barely keeping your head above water. It’s understandable, but if you don’t slow down and wrap your head around this parenting thing, you can end up missing so much that matters.”

Ryan explains why you should pay close attention to the time you spend with you kids, and how you can make the most out of it, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Dec 28, 2020
We Can Be That Gift
177

“Marcus Aurelius’s father died when he was young. But then this young boy who was cursed by tragedy received a great gift--a gift that the children who have received it, know to be one of the most incredible things in the world: He had a loving stepfather.”

Learn why you must embody the traits that you want to pass down to your kids, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Dec 25, 2020
Make Sure They Know That They Are Plenty
181

“Lyndon Johnson grew up poor. Like, log cabin, almost 19th century poor. He was not, like his future running mate, John F. Kennedy, unaware of the economic crises of his time. He was not sent to the best schools. Yet, he did alright for himself, didn’t he?”

Ryan discusses how LBJ’s own mentality harmed him, and why you should teach your kids that they are enough, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Dec 24, 2020
Don’t Be All About Business
167

“Is there anything sadder than a person whose work is their life? They neglect their family, they put in crazy hours, they have no interests, no hobbies outside what they do at the office. Maybe your parents were like this. Perhaps you are like this.”

Learn why you should shift your perspective to the things that actually matter, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Dec 23, 2020
Teach Them to Handle Things
156

“You don’t need your kid to be a rocket scientist to be special. You don’t need to teach them 15 languages or the cello. It’s not a degree from Harvard or a perfect SAT that’s going to vault them into the elite category—not the elite category that counts.”

Ryan explains how to give your kids what truly matters, on today’s Daily Dad podcast. 

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Dec 22, 2020
You Can’t Let Them Do This
136

“They say it all the time. When will this be over? Are we there yet? Why is this taking so long? Do we have to? It’s whiney. It’s annoying. You ask them to stop. But in getting upset, you miss the real opportunity. To teach them. To explain to them what they’re really saying.”

Learn why you should’t take the only time that you have with your kids for granted, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Dec 21, 2020
Which Will It Be?
163

“In his Broadway show, Bruce Springsteen—whose songs have often focused on the painful legacy of our parents—explained the choice that all of us have as fathers. “We are ghosts or we are ancestors in our children's lives,” he said at the beginning of Long Time Comin’. “We either lay our mistakes, our burdens upon them, and we haunt them, or we assist them in laying those old burdens down, and we free them from the chain of our own flawed behavior. And as ancestors, we walk alongside of them, and we assist them in finding their own way, and some transcendence.”

Learn how you can be an ancestor, and not a ghost to your children, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Dec 18, 2020
This Is How to Ask Them
143

“When Martin Luther King Jr. took over Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL, he insisted on a small social shift after his sermons that was immediately noticed. As he mingled with his parishioners on Sundays, he wouldn’t ask them what they were doing, the way previous pastors had. Instead, he looked them in the eye and said How are you doing?”

Learn more about this story and why the questions you ask your kids are so important on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Dec 17, 2020
This Is What Putting Them First Looks Like
168

“For his whole career, Archie Manning had been a company man for the New Orleans Saints. He was great but the team was terrible. For years, they had lost. For years, he had endured poor offensive lines, poor drafting and never even coming close to contention. So you’d think it would have been a second wind for his career to be traded to Houston and then to the Vikings. He still had years left in him, a real shot of being part—finally—of a winning team. But instead, in 1984, he retired.”

Learn why Archie Manning made this decision and how it impacted his children on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Dec 16, 2020
They Are Going to Ask You
209

“At some point in the future your kids and your grandkids are going to ask you. They’re going to say: Dad, when there were 200,000 cases and 2,000 deaths a day in America during the pandemic, what were doing?”

Ryan lends some perspective to the choices we are all making about how we behave during the pandemic on today’s Daily Dad Podcast.

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Dec 15, 2020
The Lives of the Greats Remind Us
132

“Why do we tell our kids stories? Why do we tell them about history? Teach them about Martin Luther King, George Washington, Cincinnatus, Florence Nightingale, Jesus, Marcus Aurelius? Because it matters.”

Ryan explains the importance of teaching  kids about history’s greatest men and women on today’s Daily Dad podcast.

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Dec 14, 2020
It’s Always Been Like This
152

"There he walked, along the trail, carrying his young child pressed up against his side. Sometimes the kid would get a burst of energy and call to be put down. I want to walk. I want to walk. So the father would set the child down and they’d walk together, hand in hand. Soon enough, they’d get tired again and need to be carried. Other times, the father stopped briefly to readjust, putting the child down between his legs and then picking up him and switching sides. Walk. Rest. Walk. 

How long did it go on like this? What were their names? Where were they going?"

Find out the meaning behind this story, and its hidden significance for all parents of any era, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Dec 11, 2020
Think of Everything They Missed
150

"You read an old book and it’s pretty common: Dads didn’t used to be present for the birth of their children. Sometimes they weren’t even in town—they’d heard about it in a letter or a call, and not meet their own kids for days or weeks or months until after they were born... Things are way different now. A lot more is demanded of fathers and also of mothers. It’s hard, but also… what a gift!"

Ryan explains what those parents of previous generations missed out on on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Dec 10, 2020
This Is Something to Invest In
138

"You work hard for your family. You know how you sweated for each dollar, which can make it hard to spend. Especially if you have an eye toward investing—every dollar expended now comes at the cost of returns in the future. 

That’s one way to think about it, but it’s not the only way."

Find another perspective on how to invest in your family on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Dec 09, 2020
Practice What You Preach
204

"If you haven’t read Emily Oster’s work, then your wife probably has. She’s a wonderful, brilliant economist (who also has a brilliant newsletter) whose work focuses on parenting and children. 

It shouldn’t surprise us that her work is brilliant and often contrarian, given the unique childhood she had. Oster was the children of two professors at Yale. Her mother and father did more than just interesting work—they showed it to their children, expanding their minds and their perceptions in the process."

Ryan explains how the way you set up your household influences your children for the rest of their lives on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Dec 08, 2020
Protect Them From This, Too
143

"Two thousand years ago, Plutarch, quoting a philosopher named Xenocrates, was talking about how concerned parents back then made sure their children wore ear protection when they wrestled, so as not to damage their cartilage. But isn’t it interesting, he asked, that we’re less concerned with what goes in their ears?"

Ryan talks about the things we need to protect our children from, including those threats that aren't physical, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Dec 07, 2020
This Is a Family Motto
137

"It was one of those nights. The boys would not go to sleep. They had that contagious energy that so often keeps brothers awake. The first time their father came in to tell them to go to bed, they didn’t listen. The second time, too. More giggling. Fighting. Playing games. Messing around. Getting into mischief. 

Finally, on the third time, Jack Harbaugh was readying to yell, just like the father in the movie Step BrothersRUMPUS TIME IS OVER!! And yet, he didn’t."

Ryan explains the lesson we can all learn from Jack Harbaugh on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Dec 04, 2020
What You Teach Them Can Never Be Taken Away
126

"A lot can go wrong. You and your spouse could split up. You could get cancer and die before your kids grow up. They could join a cult. They could move far away. They could be the victim of injustices or experience serious adversity.

We have no idea what life has in store for our kids. So what should we do now?"

Ryan describes what we should focus on, even though we can never know the whole future, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Dec 03, 2020
Better To Be Best At This, Than Anything Else
155

Cato the Elder was a great man. He was successful at agriculture. He was successful as a writer. He was a powerful politician. He towered over Roman life not just in his own time, but for generations hence. 

Yet that wasn’t what he was proud of. That’s not what he worked hardest at, or admired in others.

Ryan explains what Cato the Elder prioritized, and why it matters to any parent,  on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Dec 02, 2020
What Matters More Than Results
175

Tracee Ellis Ross has a famous, successful mother: the singer Diana Ross. You might think that someone that successful would care a lot about success. Indeed, it’s a pretty common pattern: the driven parent drives their children—to get good grades, to win games, to be the strongest, prettiest, or most popular. They want to continue their pattern of excellence down through the college their kids go to or the profession they work. 

But Tracee got lucky. Her mom did it right.

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Dec 01, 2020
Are You Inspiring Them With This?
120

"There’s a lot of darkness in the world. A pandemic. Corrupt and failed politicians. Institutions groaning under the weight of modern problems. Maybe your neighbors are a jerk, or your boss sucks. 

It can be easy to feel depressed about how things are. It can be easy to pass this onto your children. But how fair is that? You’re going to let your cynicism infect them? This early?"

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Nov 30, 2020
You’re Your Parents Now
130

"It hits you randomly. You’re in the middle of packing your kids up for a drive to the beach. You’re laying on the couch because your back hurts. You’re telling your daughter to stop messing with the thermostat. 

Holy crap. I have become my parents."

Ryan talks about the impact of this realization, and what it means for you, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 27, 2020
What Are You Going to Focus On?
130

"You can look at all the negative in the world. You can focus on the dark clouds above. Or you can look for the silver lining, the bright spots. 

We have that expression about whether the glass is half-full or half-empty? Well, what worldview are you going to teach your children?"

Ryan points out the importance of optimism over pessimism on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 26, 2020
It’s Good to Have Difficult People in Your Life
148

"Maybe your parents have issues.
Maybe you have trouble getting along with your siblings. 
Maybe your spouse and you are very different. 
Maybe you have all these things and more. 
It’s tough. Sometimes you resent it. Sometimes it drives you crazy. "

Ryan describes the approach you should take with people like this on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 25, 2020
Now Is the Time. Right Now.
142

"Your kids are always listening, that’s true. They’ll always look to see what you’re doing and learn from you. Nell Painter learning from her mother’s career change late in life is proof of that. 

But it’s also a fact that when they’re young, they’re much more impressionable. They can pick up languages earlier. They have fewer habits. They’ve seen less."

Ryan describes why you need to teach your kids now, while they're young, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 24, 2020
This Is Where to Put Your Effort
162

"You’re making good money. You’re saving. You’re investing. You’ve bought those personal finance books that tell you how to manage your finances. You’ve worked extra hard, taken risks, done everything you have to do to create a better life for your kids

Wonderful.

But is that really prioritizing the right thing?"

Ryan tells you what kind of legacy you should be focused on leaving your children on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 23, 2020
You've Been Graced
177

"Charles de Gaulle had a hard life. He was a POW in WWI. He had to flee France in order to save it in WWII. He endured protests and assassination attempts. He also had a daughter named Anne, who was born with Down’s syndrome. In 1928 when she was born, this was not something people knew how to deal with—handicapped children were often sent away to institutions. Parents were made to feel ashamed, as if they were responsible, for having a 'retarded' child. "

Ryan uses the experience of Charles de Gaulle and his wife Yvonne to demonstrate how we should all treat our children, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 20, 2020
Tell Them Before It’s Too Late
157

"An accident, a mistake—no matter the intention, no matter how sweet the child or living the parent—can irrevocably change a life. A kid playing with a gun. A father who leaves a pool gate open. A mother who forgoes the car seat because it’s a short trip, the teenager taking risks with their friends.

In an instant, everything can be blown apart. One choice. One bad call. One shortcut. And all you’ll be able to do after? Hang your head."

Ryan explains this lesson using a song recorded by Johnny Cash on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 19, 2020
It’s the Hardest Thing
158

"Chesty Puller saw some stuff. He fought in the Banana Wars. He fought in guerilla wars. He took islands in the Pacific during WWII. He fought in Korea. 

So you might think that he’d be able to handle just about anything life threw at him. But like you, he was a father, and he found that it was just about the hardest thing a person can ever do."

Ryan tells a story about Chesty as a father, and explains what it means for all of us parents, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 18, 2020
This Is How to Act
146

"It’s confusing to be a parent these days. Confusing to be a father, too. Because roles are in a state of flux. Expectations are always increasing. And of course, the world is an enormous mess.

There’s a pandemic. Civil unrest. An unpredictable economy. A culture war. What are you supposed to do? What should your priorities be? What do you focus on?"

Ryan points out the thing you should care about most, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 17, 2020
You Have To Unlock This
163

Clearly, Dean Acheson’s parents did a good job. They raised him to be diligent enough to get into the best schools. They provided for him. They made him curious. They made him feel loved and safe.

Yet for all his early success, it wasn’t until much later in life—law school, in fact—that he was fully unlocked as a human being. There, he said, with the help of his professions, he was introduced to a “tremendous discovery..."

Find out what that discovery is, and how it can change your life and the lives of your children, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 16, 2020
You Don’t Stop Teaching Your Kids
163

"Nell Painter was an accomplished adult. She was more than out from under her parents thumb—she was in her seventies. She was a world-class historian. Yet even then, her mother was teaching her.

How did she have the courage to leave a promising academic career at that age to leave her job and go to art school?"

Find out the answer on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 13, 2020
Yet Don’t Be Too Tough
164

"As we’ve talked about, you have to toughen your kids up. No one is well-served by parents who are soft, who let them be soft.

But at the same time, many a tough parent has had to come to terms with the fact that every kid is different and needs different things."

Ryan explains the best way to challenge your kids on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 12, 2020
Make Them Feel Like They’re “Enough”
128

"Obviously you want them to be successful. You want them to be excellent—at whatever they do in this life. 

But it is essential, as you try to motivate and encourage and inspire them, that you are quite clear: All of this is extra."

Ryan explains why your kids in and of themselves should be enough for you, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 11, 2020
Not Just to Read, but to Read Critically
154

"An illiterate world is not a good one, but a world where people unthinkingly believe and accept everything they read is not that much better. 

So it’s great that you’re teaching your kids to read, but are you teaching them to read critically?"

Ryan describes the important next step you must take with your children's reading, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 10, 2020
They’re Listening. They Really Are.
136

"Like so many dads, Harbaugh kept repeating this ridiculous line because, who knows why, that’s just what dads do. Not once in the five hundred times he said it over the course of their childhood did it get a reaction. Not once. But he kept at it, because he thought maybe it would get through."

Find out the line, and how it stuck with Harbaugh's famous sons, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 09, 2020
You Have to Come Up With Challenges
130

"Of course, you want tough kids. You want boys who are active and resilient. You want girls who are active and resilient. You want them to be healthy, you want them to be able to overcome obstacles, you want them to know how to defend themselves, you want them to be prepared for the ups and downs of life. "

What's the best way to do that? By providing them with challenges, as Ryan explains on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 06, 2020
Don’t Ever, Ever Do This
137

"Cato the Elder, we’re told by Plutarch, “used to say that a man who beats his wife or a child is laying sacrilegious hands on the most sacred thing in the world.”

Boom. It doesn’t matter how angry you are. It doesn’t matter who started it. It doesn’t matter how many times you told your son. It doesn’t matter that your parents used to do it. It doesn’t matter that some cultures still accept it. 

For two thousand years, we’ve known it: It’s wrong."

Ryan lays down the law on why corporal punishment is never okay on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 05, 2020
Who Are You Doing This For?
176

"It’s almost incomprehensible.

The parents were rich. They were powerful. Their kids had access to the best tutors in the world. The best schools. They were already connected. They already had a leg up in life. 

So why did they risk everything—tax fraud, racketeering charges—to bribe their way into college?"

Ryan explains where your priorities in raising your children should lay on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 04, 2020
Only A Parent Understands
142

"The Spartan Agesilaus was the toughest of the tough. Like all Spartans, he had been trained in the agoge to be courageous and self-disciplined and beyond fear and pain. He was capable of incredible feats in battle and was in peak physical condition. As a Spartan king, he was all these things and more. 

 But he was also a father, and as you know, that changes you."

Ryan describes the changes that come from being a father on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 03, 2020
They Learn From Home
149

"You tell them to be good. To be honest. To follow the law. To care about other people. That safety comes first. 

You say these things, but what do you show?"

Ryan explains why your good example is just as important as the words you utter on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Nov 02, 2020
What If You Didn’t Think You Knew?
113

"You’re a dad, so you know a lot. You’ve been alive a while. You’ve read a thing or two and heard a thing or two. So when your kids ask you questions—about history, about life, about why people are this way or that way, you’re quick with an answer.

But what if this was actually a bad habit? What if this was a form of stupidity?"

Ryan describes why being the all-knowing father may not be the best role for you to fill, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 30, 2020
They Don’t Need to Worry About Anything But This
130

"F Scott Fitzgerald wasn’t always the best father, but as one of the most brilliant writers and thinkers of his time, he certainly knew how to express fatherly advice perfectly in words. One of the best letters he ever wrote is to his daughter Frances while she was away at camp, where he discussed the anxieties and worries that all young people feel. Some things were worth worrying about, he said, and some weren’t. So he gave her a list."

Ryan talks about the list Fitzgerald sent to his daughter, and its timeless message for parents anywhere, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 29, 2020
Let Them Hear It From You
146

"You can’t wait until you’re on your deathbed to let them know how you feel about them. You can’t wait until you’re dead and gone and they go through your stuff and find the news clippings you kept and finally see that you were proud of them. You can’t just hope they overhear you saying it to someone else. You can’t just assume they know."

Ryan tells us why we can't wait to tell our kids how we feel about them, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 28, 2020
There’s a Reason You’re So Raw
144

"While there are certainly people out there for whom the pandemic or our political environment have brought out their worst, the rest of us have started to feel something different. We’re raw. We’re vulnerable. We tear up when we hear about someone losing someone. We tear up when we think about families struggling to make ends meet. Have you seen some of the videos we’ve posted on Instagram lately? Of stepparents adopting their stepchildren? Or military parents surprising their children with an unexpected visit home?

It’s like instant waterworks…

What is that?"

Ryan talks about a parent's emotional vulnerability—and why that vulnerability is okay—on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 27, 2020
Easier or Harder? Which Is It?
142

"What’s the through line to judge a good parent through the early days to the glory days through the golden years? 

It’s simple: Do you make their life easier or harder? Better or worse?"

Learn the importance of this question on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 26, 2020
They Are Always Your Child
133

"We have to remember that while we’re on this journey. They’re going to get older. Someday, perhaps some day soon, they’ll stop being a little boy or a little girl. But they’ll never, not ever, stop being your child. And it’s important to realize that this is what you are to your own parents and grandparents."

Ryan explains the permanent connections that you have with your family, and why those connections last forever, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 23, 2020
When Is Their Time?
168

"Of course, you’re busy. You have work. You have your spouse. You have your kids. You have all the obligations of adulthood. All these things are important. How do you fit it all in?

The truth is, if you’re winging it everyday, you won’t get it all in. Something will fall by the wayside and too often, that’s our kids."

Ryan explains the importance of actually carving out time for your kids, not just taking its existence for granted, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 22, 2020
Teach Them to Notice
161

"When Robert Lovett, the future State Department official and Secretary of Defense, was a kid, it happened that both father and son took similar routes in the morning and evening—although at different times—to work and to school. Lovett and his father would often play an interesting game based on this coincidence."

Ryan explains the game and shows you why you should train your child's perception on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 21, 2020
If It Works, Do It Again
111

"We parents are like field goal kickers. Just like if a certain shirt or a pair of socks brings them luck, we’re always looking for something, anything that will give us an edge. Just like a free throw shooter going through a preposterous routine, we’re religious about ours too."

Ryan describes parental superstitions—and why they're okay!—on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 20, 2020
You Have to Be Proud
151

"Imagine you’re in the middle of the biggest moment of your career. 

Suddenly, someone starts attacking and criticizing your son. They’re not completely wrong. Your son has made mistakes. Your son has struggled with addiction and bad decision-making. Those decisions have cost your family money, maybe. It’s caused you untold stress, personally. It’s made you sad and it’s made you angry. It’s certainly caused problems for you at work. 

What do you do?"

Ryan explains a recent high-profile example of what you should do in this situation on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 19, 2020
What Are You Leaving Them?
143

"Someone once remarked to the famed Speaker of the House, Sam Rayburn, that his father hadn’t left him much when he had died. Rayburn was quick to correct this misconception. My father, he said, '“gave me my untarnished name.'

Harry Truman would say something similar to his own daughter. The question today is: What are you leaving to your children?"

Ryan describes the legacy you should leave your children on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 16, 2020
You Can’t Be a Hypocrite
157

"A few years ago, the Emmy-winning actor William H. Macy was asked for the best piece of advice he was ever given. 'Never lie,' he answered. 'It’s the cheapest way to go. Lies cost you a lot and they’re never worth what they cost.'

But as the authors of Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal noted, precisely as Macy was giving this interview, he and his wife Felicity Huffman were helping their daughter unknowingly cheat on her SATs."

Ryan explains why hypocrisy is so bad for a parent to indulge in, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 15, 2020
Protect This Impulse
154

"We have to remember that our job as parents, as educators, is not to keep our kids in line. It’s not to crush their initiative because it’s disruptive or uncomfortable or difficult for us. We have to encourage them. We have to make space for our kids. If they want to read? By god, let them! If they want to skip ahead, or deviate from the conventional path? Cheer them on!"

Using the childhood experience of the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ryan shows how important it is to foster our kids' love of books on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 14, 2020
Where Did You See That?
142

"Your daughter gets mad, so she slams the door and screams. Your son makes himself a snack and leaves the kitchen a disaster for someone else to clean up. You hear them say something rude to a waiter. You see them write something offensive on social media. 

Before you get mad yourself, before you condemn, just take them aside. Ask them, kindly, openly, a question that the strongman Mark Bell says he always asks his teenage kids: 'Hey, when have you seen me do that?'"

Ryan explains the merits of finding out the source of your kids' misbehavior on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 13, 2020
Don’t Make Them Wait for It
121

"When you’re gone, when they go through your stuff or when they talk to your friends at your funeral, it will be undeniable clearly: God, your dad just loved you so much. You were all he talked about. He was more proud of you than anything. Just look at all these photos he kept. And news clippings. And mementos. 

They’ll know this because it’s true, because the evidence will speak for itself. 

But what about, you know, if you speak for yourself?"

Ryan explains why it's so important to explain your feelings to your children now, while you still can, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 12, 2020
When You Get Them to Listen...
146

"We all say things to our kids, just as our parents did. Little bits and bobs of wisdom that we picked up places. We hope they hear us. We hope it gets through. 

And when it does? Oh, that is the best."

Ryan talks about E.H. Harriman, a railroad tycoon who passed down wisdom to his daughter and watched her embody it herself, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 09, 2020
Here’s How to Have Lasting Impact
137

"There’s a lot going on in the world, a lot going wrong. There’s so much we’d like to change, so much we’d like to be better.

Where do we start? How about with our kids?"

Ryan talks about the most effective way you can leave your mark on the world—through the way you guide your child's life—on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 08, 2020
Why You Have to Be Good to Your Kids
167

"Sure, it’s important that you keep up with your friends. You wouldn’t want to be one of those people that just disappears once they have kids. You and your spouse should get out and see folks from time to time. You can’t turn down every invite. You can let those friendships—the ones from school, from growing up, from the old days—drift away. You can’t neglect your hobbies, either. Work, too…

And all of a sudden, where did your time go?

Remember what really counts more than anything else is family. Your family."

Ryan describes why ultimately we need to put family before friends on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 07, 2020
There’s Always an Excuse
141

"There’s always an excuse for why you’re not being the parent you’d like to be, just as there’s always an excuse why you’re not being the person you know you’re supposed to be.  Things are busy at work. This divorce has really messed you up. It’s this damn pandemic. You’re really struggling with your own issues right now. It’s been hard since your brother got sick, or since the hurricane struck. You’re just tired, you don’t seem to be any good at this. They’re older now and it’s your time. 

But an excuse doesn’t actually excuse."

Ryan shows why those excuses ultimately do not matter on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 06, 2020
This Is the Highest Praise
185

"There is one way to judge, in the end, whether you’ve done this thing right. It’s not based on how rich your kids get. It’s not whether they make it into Yale, or whether they turn out handsome or beautiful, smart or famous."

Find out what the ultimate test is, and how to pass it, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 05, 2020
We All Need to Hear This
148

Ryan further discusses the letters that author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote to his daughter, and what they say about him and his character as a parent, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 02, 2020
We Are All in This Together
167

"It’s easy to forget this. It’s easy to give into dissension and conflict and zero-sumness. Especially now. Especially when things are so dark. Isn’t that the natural state of things? Survival of the fittest. We’re in a war—our genes need to survive. So screw those other parents, screw their kids. There are only so many spots at Harvard, you know. So many spots in the preschool that will increase their chances to get there."

Ryan explains why we need to ignore that impulse to raise our kids above other people's on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Oct 01, 2020
You Don’t Have to Be So Serious
129

"It’s exhausting to be a kid. Because they’re clever and creative and you’re not. Because they’re pure and idealistic and you’ve been hardened by the world you’ve seen. Because they’re still uniquely themselves, yet to be beaten down or corrupted. 

'Grown ups never understand anything by themselves,' the always childlike Saint-Exupéry would write, 'and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again.'"

Ryan explains why it's so important to get on your kid's level on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 30, 2020
Who Are You Studying for Their Sake?
218

"What kinds of books do dads like? Well, according to the displays at Barnes & Noble and Costco, it’s almost exclusively books about war and history. Have you ever wondered why that is? Why did your dad—who maybe didn’t read that much—still manage to get through one or two 500-page biographies each year?"

Find out why—and what you can learn from this fatherly practice—on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 29, 2020
Nourish This Wonderful Trait
146

"Sometimes, when parents fall down on the job, it falls to someone else to do the job. The primary and most important influence on Queen Victoria, for instance, was not her mother but her beloved governess Baroness Lehzen, who later became her adviser and friend.

It was from Louise Lehzen that Victoria got the backbone that made her one of England’s great queens—one who ruled for some 63 years, more than 40 of them by herself."

Ryan describes what Baroness Lehzen did that imbued Victoria with so much strength, and how you can emulate her example, in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 28, 2020
Teach Them to Believe in This
148

"In August 1933, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a letter to his young daughter Frances who was away at camp. It's a beautiful, personal letter from a man who was flawed—failed by his own parents—but tried, especially at the end of his short life, to step up and do the right thing."

Learn more about what Fitzgerald tried to teach his daughter, and what you can learn form his example, in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 25, 2020
What Story Are You Telling Your Kids?
171

"There are a few versions of history you can tell your kids. You can tell them the propaganda version—the fables, the self-serving myths, the lies that dictators or the jingoists like to traffic in. You can tell them the dark truth version, the almost-nihilist 'People’s History' version that is resurgent today—that everything is bad, was done with evil intention, that all of history is a cover for malevolence and that progress is impossible. 

Or you can tell them the third version: The one that does not deny history or hope. The one that looks to see the good in people without pretending the bad didn’t happen."

Ryan describes how to teach your kids an accurate understanding of our country's history on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 24, 2020
Your Feelings Don't Count
144

"Parenting just demands so much more of you, just more than you ever even thought yourself capable of giving. You do it because you want to, because you love them, of course, but also because you have no choice. This just is what it is."

Ryan describes the obligation that all parents now share on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 23, 2020
You Have to Do This. We Need It.
144

"There is a reason that this metaphor keeps popping up. Cormac McCarthy talked about 'carrying the fire' in his haunting novel The Road, which he wrote for his son. Now Alanis Morissette puts her own spin on it in her beautiful song, 'Ablaze,' which she wrote for her two children."

Ryan explores this metaphor further in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 22, 2020
Don’t Be Like These People
186

"We’ve come to call them 'Karens,' but the truth is that being an entitled, obnoxious ass transcends gender. It has nothing to do with the haircut, and everything to do with thinking that you’re the center of the universe and that your kids matter more than other people’s."

Ryan describes what makes Karens tick and how you can avoid becoming one on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 21, 2020
Keep the Little Promises
138

"We tell our kids a lot of things. 

We tell them that we love them. That we’ll support them no matter what. That they can come to us with anything. 

We also tell them little things: We tell them we’ll be home by six. We tell them that if they clean up their toys they can have a treat. We tell them that sure, next time we’re here, we can do what they want. We tell them when they’re older, they can do this or that. 

It’s not that we don’t mean those little promises; it’s just that because they’re small, we forget. Or we were really only saying them to distract them, or to change the subject. Because we were assuming they would forget, too."

Ryan describes why those little promises are so important, and why we must treat them as sacred, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 18, 2020
You Must Love the Kid You Have
178

"Maybe you’re an introvert and your daughter turned out to be an extrovert. Maybe you always hoped for a daughter and ended up with three sons. Maybe you wanted an athlete. Or you wanted someone to hand over the family business to. Maybe, sometimes in secret, you wish you had a kid who was easier. Who didn’t struggle as yours does. Who was closer—in this way or that way—to some image you always had in your mind. 

Well, guess what? That’s a YOU problem. It’s certainly not their problem."

Ryan talks about the importance of accepting your children for who they are on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 17, 2020
What Can You Do? You Can Do This.
143

"Especially in the early days, it can seem like being a dad is to assume the role of perpetual third wheel. You can’t nurse. You can’t magically comfort your baby. It’s not you they’re crying for in the middle of the night. 

So where can a dad contribute?"

Find out a great way a dad can contribute to the household in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 16, 2020
Send Them a Postcard
148

"Maybe you have to travel a lot for work. Maybe you take an occasional vacation. Or you’re on the road a lot with one of your older kids for sports or school or whatever. The point is: You’re away from your kids. What should you do?"

Ryan describes the simple thing you can do to stay close to your child when physically far away in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 15, 2020
You Don’t Have to Have the Words
128

"How do you tell your kids how you feel? How do you say what needs to be said? There are so many moments where words escape us. Because we’re stunned. Because we’re scared. Because we’re angry in the moment and it overrides what we wish we could tell them, what we know they want to hear."

Ryan explains what you need to do to surmount this difficulty on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 14, 2020
Tell ‘Em More Than Once
147

"Do you remember the best piece of advice you got from your dad? Are there sayings from childhood that have stuck with you? That time you were getting teased and Dad told you that it was what was on the inside that counted. That time when you were drifting toward the wrong crowd and Dad reminded you that we become like our friends. 

That advice is seared in your memory. It was a pivotal moment."

Ryan discusses how to teach your kids lessons in a way that will stick on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 11, 2020
Show Them How to Do This
157

"In 1952, Margaret Thatcher’s father was driven out of office when a rival political party won a majority in the election. His position wasn’t a particularly partisan one, so it surprised him and most people when his head came up on the chopping block. 

Her father was upset. He was hurt. And he could have reacted in a way driven by those emotions. But he didn’t."

Find out about the lesson that this man's actions hold for all of us on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 10, 2020
You’ve Got to Live Up to Your Standards
149

"It’s a touching scene. The father in The Road is giving the last of the hot chocolate they had found to his son. He pretends to make a little for himself, but he’s really giving it all to his son, who is but skin and bones at this point. 

But he can’t quite pull it off."

Ryan describes the lesson that a particular scene from Cormac McCarthy's work of post-apocalyptic fiction has for any parent in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 09, 2020
Don't Judge Them Too Harshly... Or Quickly
158

"In the spring of 1921, a young ballplayer named Louis Gehrig had a tryout for the great John McGraw at the Polo Grounds. McGraw was the manager of the New York Giants and one of the greatest evaluators of talent in the history of the game. 

It was a good tryout. Gehrig hit a few deep balls. He was lively and quick. He was already showing off his almost inhumanely large lower body, which was so key to power at the plate. But then Gehrig headed to first base… where he promptly let an easy ball go through his feet. According to biographers, the tryout ended almost immediately. McGraw had seen all he needed to see."

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Sep 08, 2020
It's OK to Be Ambitious
166

"You have things you want to do in this life. Maybe you want to write a book or you’re in the middle of starting a company. Maybe you’re trying to win a championship or run for president. 

You want to be a great dad too, but is it possible to do all these things at once?"

Ryan talks about the pressure to accomplish great things as well as be a great a parent, and how those two desires mesh, in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 07, 2020
This Is How You Teach Them
156

"There is so much you want to teach them. When they’re little. When they’re teenagers. When they are out of the house and about to get married. When they are struggling at their job. When they are raising kids of their own. 

What’s the best way to do that?"

Find out how to teach your kids everything they need to know on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 04, 2020
Make Them Do Their Own Stuff
154

"For some of us, it could be easily deduced that our kids have no hands. And no brains. We put on their clothes for them. We make their decisions. We clear the road in front like a snowplow. We hover like a helicopter, just in case something goes wrong. We do everything for them."

Ryan tells us why it's important to let your kids do their own work on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 03, 2020
It’s the Thousandth Time That Counts
130

"C’mon, Dad, again! One more time! Can we keep going a little longer? Let’s start over! I don’t want to stop!

You’ve heard all these things more times than you can count. The request for one more book before bed. One more time riding on your back. To watch that funny video one more time. To sing that song once more from the beginning. To hear the story over again. To jump in the pool one more time… and then one more time after that… and one more time after that."

Ryan describes the importance of these moments, and why we should appreciate every one of them, in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 02, 2020
You Can’t Stop. No Matter What.
200

"Nothing about Marcus Aurelius’ reign was fair. Fate tested him with one catastrophe after another. The Parthians invaded and triggered a war that would last five years. Then the River Tiber flooded, destroying homes and livestock, causing a famine in Rome. Then, after victory against the Parthians, Romans brought back a deadly contagion, which became known as the Antonine Plague. Then, crippled by famine and plague, hostile tribes to the north seized the opportunity to band together and attacked the Romans—a war that would last the rest of his days."

The way Marcus responded to his swings in fortune mirrors how you should treat your kids—something Ryan explains further in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Sep 01, 2020
It’s Not About the Stuff
134

"You work very hard and are able to provide. Not just the basic necessities, but all sorts of extras. Because of you, your kids have a swimming pool. They have nice vacations. They have their own room. They have a big TV downstairs with lots of channels. They have all this and more.

And yet, it doesn’t matter."

Ryan describes the limitations of what your money can buy you on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 31, 2020
It’s About Being There… A Lot
139

"How do you get through to your kids? How do you show them what’s right? How can you make sure they know how much you care about them? That you’re there for them? The answer is simple: You can be there. A lot."

Ryan talks about why there's no substitute for your presence in your children's lives in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 28, 2020
You Will Have to Take the Lead On This
151

"It feels elitist to say this, but it’s true: Public education is built for the lowest common denominator. It has to be. One of the beautiful and powerful things about public education is that it’s for everyone. And to be for everyone it has to average out needs and skill-level and that means neglecting what is superfluous or advanced. 

This is not a criticism. It’s just a reality."

What does this reality imply for you and your children? Ryan explains on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 27, 2020
Teach Them That They Decide the End of Every Story
195

"As dads, one of the hardest things to think about is our kids experiencing hardship. So maybe we teach them to turn away from the things that are hard, to take the easy way, to forgo difficulty whenever possible. Maybe we teach them to look at hardship as failure, as unfairness, as the end of the story. It just wasn’t meant to be, we might say, there’s nothing you can do about it. What if we taught them—trained them—to see hardship another way, a better way?"

Ryan highlights an example of a Navy pilot who took steps to write the end to his own story in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 26, 2020
Be So Good They’ll Think This Later
162

"The writer Ambrose Bierce was a notorious cynic and curmudgeon. He was also fearless and hilarious and a father. At some point in his life—we’re not clear on the details—he went through a painful split with his wife and the mother of his three children. Beneath his hard exterior, he was a sensitive man, and although we don’t know what happened, we get the sense that it was an enormous betrayal. Was it indefinitely? Worse? Again, we don’t know."

Learn about an encounter that Ambrose Bierce had with his son, and the implications that meeting holds for all of us, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 25, 2020
It’s About the Right Moment
155

"There are so many books you want your kids to read. The books that influenced you. The ones that changed your life. The ones you have so many fond memories of. The ones that speak truths you know they need to hear. 

But it’s essential that you don’t rush this… or at least understand that timing is going to matter."

Ryan discusses the patience you must exhibit as a parent in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 24, 2020
How Are You Embodying Your Values?
153

"We talk to our kids about doing what’s right. We talk to them about thinking for themselves. We talk to them about being kind, we talk to them about so many important things. 

But what do our actions say?"

Ryan discusses the actions of one brave woman and the example she set on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 21, 2020
A Dad Provides for His Family
159

"You remember the famous scene from Breaking Bad. Walter has messed up his life. He is struggling. He meets Gus Fring, who is all the things he is not: Secure. Confident. Powerful. Gus gives him a speech that puts a spine in Walter, that both inspires him and rationalizes everything he is being tempted to do."

Hear Gus' speech and learn more about what he means in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 20, 2020
You'll Always Worry
130

"What is being a father but worry? We talked about that great image from Obama a while back. Being a parent, he said, is a little like taking your heart outside your body and putting it in a vulnerable person who makes bad decisions. 

And that was said by a guy whose children are guarded 24/7 by the Secret Service!"

Ryan talks about why worrying about your kids is natural, and how we should keep it to a reasonable level, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 19, 2020
You Must Be Unreachable
153

"You work hard. You have so many responsibilities. So many people depend on you. 

Which is precisely why you must work to become unreachable."

Ryan tells us why it's so important to keep work and home life separate in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 18, 2020
You Have to Help Them Do This
185

"We love our kids, that’s why we hate to see them struggle.  But maybe that’s precisely the wrong way to think about it? Because we love our kids, we have to let them struggle. We need them to struggle."

Ryan discusses why it's so important to let our kids experience challenges on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 17, 2020
Teach Them to Ask Questions
154

"Too often, as parents, we focus on the results. We care about their grades. We care about whether they’re turning in their homework. We care whether they know their times tables or whether they’re making it to work on time for their summer jobs. 

Obviously these things are important, but by doing this we can end up skipping over some of the more important parts of the process—and end up missing opportunities to inculcate lifelong habits that are far more valuable than any grade."

Ryan says what the focus should be in our children's educations in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 14, 2020
This Must Come First
148

"Trevor Ariza chose family over basketball. He chose his son—a month with him—over $1.8 million dollars in salary. He made the right choice, although it couldn’t have been an easy one. This year’s NBA season has already been cut short. Who knows what the future of sports will hold?

But for Trevor, in the middle of a custody battle over his 12-year-old son, decided that this one-month, court-appointed visitation window was the most important thing."

Ryan describes how you should prioritize your family in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 13, 2020
They Can’t Tell You This
144

“Your kids can’t tell you they’re having a hard time. They don’t know that they are. They don’t understand what’s happening in the world. They don’t appreciate what the disruption to their schedule, to their school, to seeing their friends has really meant. Even if they’re older, even if they could tell you, would they? Do they really understand why they feel the way they do? Or is it just manifesting itself in the form of frustration, resentment, apathy?“

Ryan talks about how to discern what your children are actually telling you on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 12, 2020
Look for These Moments
184

In the 2008 American presidential campaign, Barack Obama famously used the Reverend Wright scandal as what he later called a “teachable moment”—a chance to discuss race with the American people. Ryan describes what Obama did with that teachable moment, and why we should always be on the lookout for teachable moments of our own, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 11, 2020
This Is Your Warrant
139

"What gives you the right? What’s your purpose on this planet? Why do you work so hard, why do you fight for the causes you fight for, why do you put up with all the crap you have to put up with in this life?"

Ryan describes the ultimate obligation of fatherhood in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 10, 2020
Everything but This Is Temporary
135

"You’ve been working for this moment your whole life. To make it into the league. To sit behind the big desk. To command the squadron. To have the power. 

It was for these things that you sacrificed a lot, but now you think your family really has to sacrifice. Don’t they understand how important this is?"

Ryan re-orients us toward the truly important thing, the one that's always more important than your job, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 07, 2020
This Is the Enemy of Good Parenting
174

"There are so many sad examples: The father who can’t bear to be contradicted. The parents who refuse to admit when they are wrong. The mom who spends all her energy trying to impress other people. The father who is jealous of his own son, or threatened by the attention his daughter gets. 

All these parental failings—and make no mistake, they are failings—share a root cause: Ego."

Ryan describes the pitfalls of ego, and how you can avoid them, in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 06, 2020
Let Them See You in Your Element
148

"What do you think drew Steph Curry to basketball? It must have been many things, but chief among them has to have been the time he spent in arenas watching his dad play. The lights before the team ran through the tunnel. The cheers of the crowd. The pounding of the music. The sound of the buzzer. Seeing dad do his thing."

Ryan discusses how you can prepare your child for life by showing them yours in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 05, 2020
What Do We Do In Times Like This?
130

"So much has happened and so much now remains uncertain. Do we go back to work? Do we let the kids go to the park? Do we stay inside? Do we start homeschooling?

A pandemic raises questions. It explodes the status quo. Suddenly everything seems in flux. Suddenly our foundation has been shaken."

Ryan describes how this pandemic, although unique, is not unlike situations that our predecessors have dealt with in the past, and how we can use their actions as a guide, in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 04, 2020
You Gotta Take an Interest
148

"When Margaret Thatcher was in school as a young girl, she was assigned books like we all were. Some were boring. Some were exciting. Some were strange. 

But without fail, her father—with barely a high school education himself—took interest. He wanted to discuss what she was reading. He wanted to read them with her."

Learn about the impact that this simple gesture can have on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Aug 03, 2020
These Are Magic Words
167

"When you hear these three words, there can be only one response. To drop everything and look. To engage. To be flattered and excited, to love every second and to stare with rapt attention at your child’s latest discovery, achievement, experiment, daredevil attempt."

Find out what those magic words are, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 31, 2020
This Is the Secret to Your Hardest Job
187

"It doesn’t matter if you’re the president, a doctor, or an internationally touring musician—they all agree that the hardest job is being a parent. Because it’s not just a job. It’s the job that you have to do on top of your other jobs. It’s the one job you can’t quit or get promoted or retire from. It’s the one job where the responsibilities are never clearly defined and always seem to be changing. It’s the one job that there is no training for. That you don’t get paid for either."

So how do you do the best job at your most important job? Find out on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 30, 2020
There Is No Party Line
153

"Should you let your kids have screen time when they’re younger? How young is too young to give them their first phone? What about sugar and processed foods? Should they get an allowance? Should you make them get a job? Do they have to clean up after themselves or can the parents help? Should they do their own laundry?"

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Jul 29, 2020
Make Life More Promising When You’re Around
181

"F. Scott Fitzgerald lived a glamorous life and then he cracked up. All his talent. All his money. All the beauty and the passion evaporated. His wife, Zelda, wasn’t blameless in this collapse—both of them had partied hard, had prioritized things far less important than their beloved daughter Scottie. He was a man with demons, and those demons eventually won a terrible victory. 

"And yet, even with his flaws, Fitzgerald was a good father." Ryan describes how and why, and what you can do to emulate Fitzgerald's example, in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 28, 2020
It’s Hard to Be Them
144

"It would be nice if the world was nice. It would be nice if it was easy to be a kid. Unfortunately, it isn’t. It’s hard to be the smart kid. As Stefan Zweig said, 'no one suffers more than the gifted pupil' in an average world."

Ryan discusses the importance of empathizing with your children in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 27, 2020
This Is the Tricky Balance
173

"School doesn’t matter. It just doesn’t. Have your grades from elementary school ever come up once in your life? Even a Harvard GPA is unnecessary on a resume. That 'permanent record' your teachers were keeping on you turned out to not be so permanent and nobody cares that you got suspended several times in 8th grade. The whole thing is an exercise in made up rewards and punishments, an artificial fantasy world that has no bearing on the real world."

Ryan describes how to maintain a proper balance with regard to your children's schooling, in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 24, 2020
Your Bond Should Grow
153

"Every father is different, yet when we hear the descriptions, or see the portrayals of fathers on film, it can feel like we’re the only one who is different. Every other dad, apparently, felt an instantaneous and profound connection to their kids from the moment they first held them."

Not all dads feel the fatherly bond at the outset of their child's life—Ryan explains this feeling in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 23, 2020
There Are Better Forms of Motivation
172

"When you look at champions—in sports or politics or business—it’s hard not to detect a theme running through a lot of their motivations. Many of these superstars, be they men or women, are fighting for something. They want the approval of their father. They want to prove their worth to their families. They want to feel loved. They want to show that the doubt they experienced young or the trauma they endured was wrong and that they have survived. "

Ryan shows how an ultra-competitive upbringing may not have the desired effect on your child, in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 22, 2020
Show Them What You Love (But Don’t Make Them Love It)
136

"You have been looking forward to this for so long. The opportunity to turn them onto your favorite bands. To watch your favorite movies. To take them to your favorite places. To order your favorite foods together."

Ryan describes the right way to introduce your kids to your favorite things, in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 21, 2020
This Is a Chance to Learn
164

"There is nothing that can prepare you for being a dad, as the cliche goes. No book. No class. No amount of seeing your own parents or siblings do it. So one way to look at this thing is that it shows us how little we know. The other way, the more positive way, is to see it as something that teaches us."

Ryan describes how we can learn from the experience of being a father in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 20, 2020
You Gotta Give Them Access
190

"We want to make sure our kids have opportunities in life. We want to make sure that they’re not excluded or kept out. We work hard—try to make money, try to invest, try to get ahead in our careers and life so our kids can have a head start. All good. But sometimes, for all this hustle and ambition, we neglect one of the easiest ways to help them get ahead."

Ryan describes how to give your kids a head start in learning about life in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 17, 2020
Try Not to Give Them Anything Extra
152

"We all have issues. We know that. Our goal as fathers, as we’ve said, is to not pass them on. To stop the cycle of dysfunction. It’s a low bar, to be sure, but it's an important one: Don’t let the demons you wrestle with find softer targets in your children."

Ryan describes how important it is not to burden your children with your baggage on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 16, 2020
Look for the Double Opportunity
189

"The jogging stroller lets you exercise… while spending time with your kid. The drive to school, or to soccer tournaments… is a chance to have that conversation you needed to have with your daughter. All the chores that need to be done around the house...they’re a way to teach your kids  about responsibility."

Ryan discusses how you can find unexpected places to impart lessons to your child in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 15, 2020
This Could Be That Day
154

"It was just another day on vacation for the Roosevelts in 1921. FDR spent the morning sailing around Campobello Island with Eleanor and his two older boys. They’d had quite an adventure. Seeing a small fire on another nearby island, they rushed and put it out as a family. When they got back, FDR and his sons raced each more than a mile to a swimming hole. And then later they jumped into the Bay of Fundy together."

Find out the consequences of that swim, and what they mean for you and your family, in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 14, 2020
You Guys Should Do This Together
145

"Each morning, Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, get up early and, after they meditate, they read together. Actually, they read aloud to each other. Hugh to Debbora-Lee. Deborra-Lee to Hugh."

Find out why reading together with your spouse, or doing anything together, makes for such a strong relationship in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 13, 2020
Remember the True Value of an Education
149

"You send them to great schools. You make sure they do their homework. You drill them on their flashcards. You are saving for college. You are not going to let them set their sights low like you did, or maybe you won’t accept them getting into anywhere less prestigious than you did."

But that's not the only kind of education that matters. Find out more in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 10, 2020
They Deserve to Be Sheltered (Somewhat!)
197

"How much should we shelter our kids from the scariness of the world? How much should we protect them from knowing about the day-to-day events of the world that they are not to blame for, that they can’t do anything about?"

Ryan discusses what we need to do to keep our kids appropriately informed and protected, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 09, 2020
Don’t Teach Them What to Think, Teach Them How
178

"It’s tempting to tell them exactly what they can and can’t do. It’s tempting to tell them what you expect them to do, or explain how the world works. But would you have listened to that when you were their age? What did you do when your parents pretended like they knew what they were talking about?"

Ryan talks about the best way to teach your kids the important lessons that you have for them on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 08, 2020
You Are Being Reminded
167

"It’s been a rough couple weeks. You watched your retirement accounts lose as much as 30% of their value. You’re watching businesses disappear left and right. Maybe you’re stuck at home. Maybe you have to show up to work every day, with a flutter of fear in your heart, because you have one of those 'essential' jobs. Your kids are at home—school is canceled. You’re going through groceries like crazy. You’ve never used more toilet paper. And the news is bad, bad, bad, every single day."

There's a silver lining to all this chaos—as Ryan explains in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 07, 2020
See If They Can Understand This
138

"You probably heard the story of the ugly duckling growing up. Or perhaps you remember the story of Solon and Croesus. Both stories—one about a duckling and the other about a very rich man—have the same moral: That time has a way of evening things out. It can turn you into a beautiful swan… or it can strip you of all your winnings. They teach us that we shouldn’t be too sure of our success or our struggles because these states are often much more transitory than it can feel at the time."

Ryan discusses how to use fables like these and others to teach your children, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 06, 2020
Keep Their Life Normal
182

"We’ve talked before about how children born into privilege or power or a well-known family can easily become spoiled. Marcus Aurelius was an exception to this rule… but sadly, his own son, Commodus was not. But that all feels very distant. 

What about someone like Jimmy Kimmel?"

Ryan discusses Jimmy Kimmel and how he helps his kids stay grounded amidst the riches in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 03, 2020
This Is How To Get What You Want
161

"We’ve talked about so many things in this email over the last year, so many goals we have as parents. We talked about treating fatherhood as a second chance. We talked about giving what you didn’t get. We talked about the magic of the words “as a family.” We talked about how nothing is better than time spent with your kids, we talked about how wonderful it is to get them things. We talked about raising readers. We talked about a future with a “crowded table”—a family that’s close and stays close. But how do you do that? That’s the million dollar question. Or rather, it’s the priceless question—because there’s no amount of money you wouldn’t spend to make those ideas a reality."

Ryan discusses one great way to make those ideas a reality on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jul 02, 2020
They Shouldn’t Have To Earn This
162

In today's Daily Dad Podcast, Ryan tells the story of a young Lyndon Johnson and how his mother's adulation would turn into something worse, something that we all must avoid.

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Jul 01, 2020
Don’t Force Your Interests On Them
150

You had all these ideas about what being a father would be. You looked forward to fixing cars together. Or watching your favorite movies. Or taking them to all the places you loved as a kid. 

This is wonderful and certainly it comes from the right place: that you want to spend time with them, that you have ideas for ways to connect and to teach them. But it’s important that you’re also open to being led by who they are and what they want, and not just your own desires and ideas."

Ryan discusses the importance of letting your kid become their own person, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jun 30, 2020
You Have to Take Care of Yourself, Too
161

"We’ve talked before of the crossfire hurricane that is becoming a father. When you first become a dad, your whole life gets turned upside down. As you scramble to manage and handle all the things now on your plate, you sometimes say to yourself: When they’re a little older, this will calm down. As soon as we get through [insert phase], everything will go back to normal. It’s this delusion—this lie, really—that we use to explain all the things we’re putting off."

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Jun 29, 2020
They Are Meant For This
134

"Maybe you remember when your kids were really young—or maybe they still are really young so you know this even better—what you could do to magically calm them down. It didn’t matter how hysterical they were, how bad they were fighting going to sleep, all you had to do was take them for a walk. Or strap them in a stroller. And bam: they were out."

Ryan explains the lesson that you can learn from this in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jun 26, 2020
You Must Give Them This Gift
141

"Theodore Roosevelt lived an incredible life. He was an author. A naturalist. A rancher. A police chief. A cowboy. A hunter. A governor. A soldier. A president. An explorer. A philanthropist. And that’s probably not even close to an exhaustive list. His life was full of activity. It was full of adventure. It was marked by triumph and adversity to overcome."

Learn more from the lesson of Teddy Roosevelt in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jun 25, 2020
Seldom Should Be Heard a Discouraging Word
145

"If you’re not paying attention, it’s easy to slip into a habit of almost invariable negativity: Stop doing that. Don’t touch this. No, you can’t watch TV right now. Why isn’t your room clean? I’m sorry but I’m not buying this. I’m disappointed with how you did on this test. That is just not realistic, shouldn’t you think about trying something else? I don’t think so. You already know the answer... and the answer is 'No.'"

Learn how to avoid falling into the negativity trap on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jun 24, 2020
Be Spartan With Your Wealth
166

"The emperor Hadrian never had a son so he devised a very specific succession plan. He adopted a fifty-one-year-old man named Antoninus Pius on the condition that he adopt Marcus Aurelius. He thought this would provide for five years of training for Marcus—instead Antoninus lived and instructed for twenty three. 

You might think that being a prince-in-waiting for that long, being the heir to the richest and most powerful man in the world would ruin a person. It ruined Caligula. It ruined Nero. It’s ruined the children of plenty of people in positions of far less privilege."

Why didn't it ruin young Marcus Aurelius? Ryan explains, in today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jun 23, 2020
What Are Your Rules?
160

"You’re a parent, so you have rules. What are they? No, not rules for them. Rules for you."

Ryan talks about the most important rules that a parent can set, and introduces the newest course from Daily Stoic, The Stoic Parent: 10 Commandments For Becoming A Better Parent. 

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Jun 22, 2020
It’s An Honor to Do This
142

"They say that the reason people have long shaken hands with their right hands was to signal that we came in peace and we’re not dangerous. They say that when dogs roll over and show you their belly, it’s an indication of trust and deliberate vulnerability... These might not feel like particularly meaningful gestures of respect and love, but they are. It’s an honor to get them, even though we regularly overlook the significance. The same is true with so many things that our kids do."

Ryan discusses the joy of getting close with your kids on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jun 19, 2020
Show Them Their Hometown
130

"Maybe you don’t love where you live. Maybe if you had more money or a different job, you’d live elsewhere. Maybe it is too liberal or too conservative or too damn provincial for your taste. But this place you live right now, with your kids? 

It’s their home. It’s where they are from.

And that means something. "

Ryan explains why you should instill in your kids a love of their hometown, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jun 18, 2020
This Should Be What You Teach Them
152

"If you haven’t watched the TV series Friday Night Lights since you’ve become a father, you should watch it again. There’s a reason that Coach Taylor is so compelling on the screen: It’s because he’s the way almost all of us wish our fathers had been."

Ryan explains Coach Taylor's lessons, and what they mean for all of us, on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jun 17, 2020
It’s Wrong to Ignore What You Know Is Wrong
177

"There is so much on your plate. So much you have to worry about as a parent... So it’s understandable if you’ve been distracted, and you’ve missed an opportunity here or there to make certain causes—certain longstanding societal injustices—your top priority. But that doesn’t excuse it."

Ryan explains why social ills can't just be ignored on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jun 16, 2020
Here’s How to Tie Your Family Together
131

"You want them to listen. You want them to respect your rules. You want them to do what they’re supposed to do, the things that will make them successful. So how do you get them to do it?"

Ryan describes exactly how on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jun 15, 2020
You Are On The Front Lines of This Fight
159

"One of the most insidious and toxic forces in the world is the belief that some races are naturally better than others, or that one sex is inferior to another. Even if there were some slight biological differences that scientists were eventually able to prove in one domain or another—what exactly would it matter? Not only would every man, woman and race still share far more in common than they did differences, it would have absolutely zero bearing on who the individuals you meet in the course of a day (or a job interview) actually are as people. It shines no light on their potential, their character, their humanity."

And it's a parent's job to show their children just how insidious this belief is—as Ryan explains on today's Daily Dad Podcast.

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Jun 12, 2020
Be A Towering Example
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