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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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“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.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
On today’s episode of the podcast, Ryan talks about the RV trip that he and his family took out to West Texas, and the lessons that he took from the experience. Ritual is 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. 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.Felix Gray offers desined glasses to make daily screen time more comfortable and the workday more productive.Get yourself a pair of glasses made for the 21st century and designed for modern, hardworking eyes. You have nothing to lose (except maybe eyestrain). Go to felixgrayglasses.com/DAILYDAD for the best Blue Light glasses on the market.***Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
“What’s the key to being a great dad?”Jay asks at the beginning of the second episode of the show Modern Family.”Ryan discusses what the key to being a great dad is, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
“They just bit their brother. They failed their math test. They scratched the car. They did something wrong, and you’re upset. And now they’re lying to you. Or throwing a tantrum. Or acting completely belligerent.”Ryan explains why you have to always make things right, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
How You See It Matters

How You See It Matters

2021-06-1602:39

“There’s stuff that happens that nobody wants to have happen—especially to their kids. Whether it’s breaking an arm or being bullied, life visits things upon us. Things that frustrate, things that hurt, things that cause problems.”Ryan explains why your perspective is everything, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
“Bedtime can be stressful when you’re convinced it has to happen by a certain time. The evening walk becomes less fun because you keep telling them to hurry up. Dinner becomes less satisfying because there’s less time to taste the food. In fact, from a kid’s perspective, speeding things along starts to feel like it’s the most important thing in the world to us.”Ryan explains why you should run towards life not away from it, on today’s Daily Dad podcast.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
“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.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
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. Try learning a new skill with Skillshare and its amazing community of members. An annual subscription is less than $10 a month. Explore your creativity at Skillshare.com/DAILYDAD and get a free trial of Premium Membership. Harry’s is 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. Go to harrys.com/dailydad to redeem your offer.HelloFresh is the meal-kit subscription that gets you healthy and delicious home-cooked meals, right to your doorstep. 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.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. Go to ShipStation.com, click on the microphone at the top of the page, and type in DAILYDAD. Make SHIP happen.This episode is also brought to you by 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! ***Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDadFollow Sebastian Junger: Homepage: http://www.sebastianjunger.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/sebastianjungerFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/sebastianjunger Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sebastianjungerofficial/ 
This Is The Secret

This Is The Secret

2021-06-1104:02

“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.Magic Spoon is an adult version of what you loved as a kid—without the sugar, carbs, or guilt. Go to magicspoon.com/DAILYDAD to grab a variety pack and try it today. Use our promo code DAILYDAD at checkout to save five dollars off your order.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
“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.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
“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.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
“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.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
“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.The first production run has only a limited quantity, so do not miss your chance to buy this beautiful new edition of The Obstacle is the Way! To order your copy, head over to dailystoic.com/obstacleleather. If you order TODAY, it will arrive in time and make for the perfect Father’s Day gift. Please note: if you live outside the U.S., we cannot make any guarantees about when your order will arrive. ***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
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.Framebridge makes it easier and more affordable than ever to frame your favorite things - without ever leaving the house. Get started today - frame your photos or send someone the perfect gift. Go to Framebridge.com and use promo code DAILYDAD to save an additional 15% off your first order.Gravity Blankets make the only blanket proven to improve sleep quality, with 78% of people reporting a better night’s sleep when using gravity. Just go to Gravityblankets.com and check out the weighted blankets, weighted sleep masks and weighted robes. Use promo code DAILYDAD to get 15% off your purchase.Harry’s is 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. Go to harrys.com/dailydad to redeem your offer.HelloFresh is the meal-kit subscription that gets you healthy and delicious home-cooked meals, right to your doorstep. 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.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDadFollow Charlie Mackesy:Homepage: https://www.charliemackesy.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charliemackesy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/charliemackesy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Charliemackesyart/ 
“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.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
“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.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
“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.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
“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.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
This Makes It Harder

This Makes It Harder

2021-05-3102:131

“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.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDad
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. Magic Spoon is an adult version of the cereal you loved as a kid—without the sugar, carbs, or guilt. Go to magicspoon.com/DAILYDAD to grab a variety pack and try it today. Use our promo code DAILYDAD at checkout to save five dollars off your order.Try learning a new skill with Skillshare and its amazing community of members. 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.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. Go to ShipStation.com, click on the microphone at the top of the page, and type in DAILYDAD. Make SHIP happen.Gravity Blankets make the only blanket proven to improve sleep quality, with 78% of people reporting a better night’s sleep when using gravity. Just go to Gravityblankets.com and check out the weighted blankets, weighted sleep masks and weighted robes. Use promo code DAILYDAD to get 15% off your purchase.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Dad email: DailyDad.comFollow Daily Dad:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailydademailInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydad/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailydademailYouTube: https://geni.us/DailyDadFollow Jessica Lahey: Twitter: https://twitter.com/jesslaheyInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/teacherlahey/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jessicapottslahey/
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