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All right, fellas. Today we're replaying the webinar I co-hosted with my good friend Hal Elrod last week. For those that missed it, here's your chance to get all the great insights that were shared to help you level up your Dad game and be the best husband and businessman that you can be. The reality is, most parents struggle to communicate meaningfully with their kids, and it's one of the biggest reasons why they feel like they're being shut out of their kids' lives. This community is made up of amazing human beings who are crushing it at work and want to crush it at home with their family. By leveling up our Dad game, we'll spend more time with our kids and build stronger relationships so that they'll come to us when it really matters. During the webinar, Hal and I share some of our real-life challenges that are happening right now. We talked about how we can be fully present at home, identify our blind spots, best ways to grow as a Dad, handling the screen time issue with our kids, and much more. If you resonate with being a family man with a business and not a businessman with a family, that's a great sign that this community is for you. You can join the brotherhood by visiting FrontRowDads.com/Join97. Our next community call is happening on July 6th. Don’t miss out! Podcast Highlights The history that Jon and Hal have together, how they’ve been best friends for years and how Front Row Dads got started. The 3 lessons that will help you level up your dad game. Tips for being fully present at home, identifying blind spots and the fastest way to grow as a Dad and a husband. How to handle screen time with our kids. What it means to be a Front Row Dads member and how you can join the brotherhood by visiting FrontRowDads.com/Join97. Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/340 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
Gentlemen, I’m thrilled to share this epic conversation with Greg Denning, whose life truly deserves its own movie. Imagine traveling around the world with not one, not two, but seven kids. After my summer road trip last year, I tip my hat to this guy! They’ve done everything from taking martial arts classes in Morocco, to road-tripping for 7 months through South America, and now they’re getting ready to gear up with their teens to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Greg and his wife also plan a yearly trip without the kids to nurture their marriage, and they’re about to head out to the south of Portugal to enjoy the beaches and adventure out on the cliffs. For those that don’t know, Greg Denning is a high-performance coach and mentor that gives others the tools and inspiration to transform their lives. He hosts the Extraordinary Family Life podcast with his wife Rachel and hosts a second podcast called Be The Man. In our conversation, Greg shares the secrets of traveling long-term with his family, how he finds the energy to do it all, and how to overcome some of the most common limiting beliefs. He also talks about his Triple Trifecta of fitness, family, and finances which ties into what we’re all about here at Front Row Dads. There’s a lot to get through, so grab a pen and come along for the ride because this episode is AWESOME! Greg Denning Podcast Highlights How to travel long-term with kids and Greg’s advice on working remotely, homeschooling, planning trips and finances. The importance of finding time for your significant other while parenting by planning weekly and monthly dates. Time optimization: how to do more and better with the time you have. Learning to live in and enjoy the moment as a parent, even when it’s hard. How to overcome your own limiting beliefs. What Greg calls The Triple Trifecta: Fitness (mind/body/spirit), Family (marriage/parenting/family legacy), and Finances (income/expenditures/investments) Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/339 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
Today, we’re shaking things up a bit because today’s guest is one of my best friends, Hal Elrod. There’s probably no need for me to get into a big introduction as I know most of you already know who Hal is. Simply put, Hal is a legend. He’s sold millions of copies of the Miracle Morning book series, he has an incredible movie about it, and he’s the host of the very successful Achieve Your Goals podcast. Every year we get together around Father’s Day and talk about all the things that are working for us in the Front Row Dad community. On June 15th, we are hosting a FREE webinar that you can sign up for at FrontRowDads.com/Hal. At this event, we’ll be sharing some of the best strategies that we’ve witnessed and experienced over the past year. We’ll be talking about how to invest the right amount of time with your family and how to make them the focus whenever you’re with them. We’ll also dig into our mindset, making sure we’re fully engaged not only as a parent but as a great partners in our marriages. The conversation that you’re about to hear was when we got together on his podcast a short while ago, where we talked about how to “win” as husbands and fathers. We also discussed how to deal with the struggles of time management and why Hal and I have decided that our kids are not getting cell phones anytime soon. And much more! Podcast Highlights Why I walked away from a $10,000/event speaking career to focus on my family. How to speak up to challenge and advocate for your kids when they need it. Why neither of us are giving our kids cell phones any time soon. How to set ground rules and have productive screen time with your kids. Why almost every parent struggles with time management, emotional intelligence, and staying optimistic. Life lessons we learned from our own parents–and why Hal has such an incredible relationship with his dad at the age of 42. Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/338 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
Gentlemen. Today’s guest is none other than Ryan Levesque. Not only did Ryan bring the heat, but he also delivered the goods with a special offer ONLY for the Front Row Dads brotherhood (we’ll give the details towards the end of the show).  In this conversation, we’re talking about how we can identify our #1 blindspots as fathers and start focusing our time with our families in meaningful ways. A little bit about Ryan before we get into it. Ryan Levesque founded The ASK Method® Company, a 3x Inc. 5000 company recently named one of the fastest-growing companies in Austin, Texas. The ASK Method® Company is a worldwide leader in digital marketing and training. They help build high-converting online funnels and drive quality traffic to your products and services by asking website visitors important questions to create tailored customer journeys. Breaking News: I’ve teamed up with Ryan to bring his award-winning methodology to you here at Front Row Dads. Check it out and take The Dad Quiz. You’ll also hear about how his family is planning an epic three-phase journey which starts with taking their kids to explore some of the most remote parts of the continent. Phase two will be more of the same in Europe, and in the third phase, they plan on literally circumnavigating the globe on an expedition yacht for the trip of a lifetime. One last thing. Ryan has an exclusive offer for the Front Row Dads community. You can take Ryan’s Quiz Funnel Workshop for FREE from June 13th to 18th. Just use the code “FRD,” and you’ll get access to this fantastic workshop (which is normally $100.00) for FREE! Ryan Levesque Podcast Highlights How to find the right people to help you identify your blind spots to become better fathers and husbands. The importance of learning with your kids instead of just coaching/teaching them. How Ryan uses leverage by putting in the work up front to reap the rewards with freedom and spending time with his family. It’s easier to figure out what you don’t like as a way to identify what you enjoy. Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/337 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
We rely on Google for many things, but if you’re looking for ways on how to be a great dad, you might have a hard time finding helpful answers. “Dad jokes” and “Dad bods” – that’s mainly what you get as a search result, and it drives me crazy. The modern dad is so much more than this. The sad reality is that it isn’t how society sees us yet, and a part of that has to do with how Dads are invited into parenthood. That’s what my guest Ned Schaut is trying to change with his book, Rebel and Create. He’s on a mission to change the way guys navigate becoming a dad: from the time they get the news that they have a child on the way to taking full control and responsibility of the impact they can have on their children (and the world) as fathers. We’re also talking about a guy's role as a parent and how society naturally favors giving women much more information and attention when transitioning into parenthood. When was the last time you saw a dude get a gift for becoming a father? We’re talking about being vulnerable, not taking things personally when we’re struggling, and taking the time to properly introduce new dads to the adventure that is fatherhood with tools like Rebel and Create. And the next time you meet a new dad, remind him he’s going to kick ass!  Ned Schaut Podcast Highlights Why learning to pause, reflect, and course correct is tremendously valuable to your growth as a parent. The constant battle of accepting ourselves in the moments when we’re struggling and taking things personally. With 10,000 babies born every day in America, that’s a lot of new dads that can benefit and be encouraged if they’re set on the right path. How reading books with your kids at the end of the day adds so much value to your relationships, especially when you’re in the thick of it. The impact that you can make if you properly introduce new dads to the adventure of fatherhood with the right tools. If you show up and are ready for an event like the Front Row Dads Summit, you’ll get what you need. Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/336 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
All right fellas. I’m talking with Rich Christiansen, who for context, has founded 49 businesses, of which 16 have become multimillion-dollar successes. What’s most impressive however, is how he shows up for his family. Rich is the perfect example of what Intentional Parenting is all about. But it wasn’t always this way… In his early career, Rich was on the fast-track to becoming the CEO of an Inc 500 company, when he got the wake up call of his life. While he was crushing it at work, he realized he completely lost sight of what mattered most—his family. He decided to quit the corporate world to double down on life at home, which he describes as the most meaningful decision of his life.  All 5 of his kids are fully grown now, but the framework Rich and his wife developed for building a family legacy and raising strong, confident, happy kids is unlike anything I’ve seen. This is just a quick glimpse, but here’s a few interesting facts about his 5 sons… Every one of them had created a million dollar business before the end of high school. They’ve all hiked major world mountain peaks, including Everest, Kilimanjaro, and Huayna Picchu. From the age 16, his sons took full responsibility for paying for their own college, family vacations, dinners, and more. They all committed to never asking Dad to pay for anything. They all spent two years serving humanity and learning another language. And much more… So, let’s get into it. We’re talking about family values, squashing entitlement, rites of passage, and the Legado Family Framework that’s helping men build a family legacy that will carry forward for generations. If you want to win professionally, but don’t want to do it at the expense of your family, this is a must listen episode! Rich Christiansen Podcast Highlights  The realization that he was sacrificing his family to win at work. Why it’s critical to clearly define your family values—and how the Legado Family Framework can help you create them. Let your kids be who they are, not what you want them to be. Raising financially independent children who aren’t entitled. The importance of having friends who call you out on your bullshit. Using rites of passage to raise confident, happy, and successful kids. STOP doing family trips without intent! Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/335 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
There are few things in life that can test a dad's patience more than putting the kids to bed with a screaming baby in your arms while their rambunctious siblings are doing everything but trying to go to sleep. Everyone has their breaking point and the urge to yell at your kids can be overwhelming. On a good day, you realize that you don't want to become the scary monster in their bedroom before unloading on them. So what do you do when you're at your wit's end during the bedtime routine? Today, we're talking about what happens when we get angry with our kids, being rejected when asking for forgiveness, and what to do when "I'm sorry" isn't enough. My guest today is Curt Storring. Curt is a husband, father, entrepreneur, and a successful men's group facilitator. After struggling with anger issues and depression in his first few years of fatherhood, he knew that something had to change if he wanted to become a better father to his kids and a better human being. This led him to create his Dad.Work group and podcast with a mission to hurt less and love more. Even though Curt has put in the work, the reality is the work doesn't end. There's always another test or challenge on the horizon as a father. I asked Curt to share a couple of stories from some of his recent blowups with his kids, and I can't tell you how much I appreciated his willingness to be vulnerable and to share his breakthroughs. Sometimes we just need to hear that we're not alone, especially when we're in those dark places. All right fellas, let's dig in. Enjoy this conversation and let’s continue the journey and evolve to become better fathers and husbands to our family. One last thing, our next Online Summit is coming up on May 19th and we’re going to be focusing on some of the topics we discussed in this episode. We have some great guest speakers lined up to help with some actionable strategies and ideas that you can implement right away to be a better father and husband. We’d love to have you. Click here to sign up and join us. Curt Storring Podcast Highlights Is there anything that could break a man’s heart more than their child rejecting them when asking for a hug? How to understand the triggers and patterns that cause us to become triggered. Why wishing for an apology from our own parents in adulthood is wasted energy, and how we’re better off by letting go and moving on. No matter how much we feel that we’re failing as a father, kids need their father to be a part of their life so don’t ever give up. Why saying that you're sorry doesn’t always work if you’re just saying the words. A real apology is more than words. Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/334 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
I feel like I’ve failed more than won when it comes to celebrating Mother’s Day.  Today’s show is devoted to sourcing great ideas that help you love on the Mom’s in your life.  I’m endlessly curious about the question… How do we “win” on Mother’s Day by helping them feel love, appreciated and celebrated? Honestly, there isn’t a silver bullet, sure-fire win, but there are clues, and you can increase your odds of knocking this out of the park.  Rather than tell you what I think, or interview another guy on what he thinks, I asked three amazing women (Front Row Moms Angie, Tjitske & Monica) if they’d have a conversation and talk about what makes their Mother’s Day great.  Think about this episode as a Mother’s Day cheat sheet for husbands. The ladies shared fantastic ideas for things you can do for; including meals out, entertaining the kids, no mom duties, time for self-care, and much more. To make it even better, they give us great tips on how to figure out which “gift” your wife would like the most, such as taking into consideration your kids’ ages and stages of life, stress factors, or typical daily chores. Mother’s Day Podcast Highlights How to identify what your wife wants and needs for Mother’s Day. Giving your wife options and letting her choose what she needs most. Ways to discover your wife’s Love Language. The power of DIY cards & crafts, time for connection, and other thoughtful gifts from kids and husbands. Caring for your own mother on Mother’s Day. Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/333 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
Gentlemen, I hope you're ready to rock today. This episode goes out to all the music lovers out there. Is there a better gift that we can share with our kids than the gift of music? It's such a great connector and the source of so many great conversations and memories. Have you ever been in the car, just belting out a song with your kids at the top of your lungs? When we talk about being present and playful with our kids, this is my jam. Today's guest is literally rocking life as a husband, father, and music teacher. His name is Tim Woosley, and he teaches people how to play guitar for a living. But more importantly, he uses music to teach his kids about discipline and confidence so that they can do the hard things. Intentional parenting is one of our pillars, and I couldn't help but notice that Tim used the word intentional several times. Being intentional when introducing new music to his kids, or by spending time with them or his wife when he catches himself working too long. I loved hearing about how he wrote his own eulogy that he reads to himself almost every day to reverse engineer his life and keep him on the right path to where he wants to go with his life. It was so good. When I think about our family road trip last year, for my son's 12th birthday, I thought it would be fun if we looked up the top 10 hits when I was his age and played them. I gotta say, we had a blast. It's such an easy thing to do, and is now a memory we’ll never forget.  So let's dive in. We're talking about the power of music and how it's such a great tool to teach our kids many valuable lessons. We'll also get into how music can help us to be present and playful with our family and create skills and memories that will last a lifetime. P.S. You'll also hear Tim play a little blues riff on his guitar. Spoiler alert: He's really good. Tim Woosley Podcast Highlights How music can help develop discipline and confidence with our kids, and also build connections with friends and family. Balancing work and family life by staying present and playful. Being intentional with what we teach our kids and how we spend time with them. How to find something that connects with your kids’ hearts and use that to guide and teach them with what Tim calls “House Points”. Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/332 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
As a Front Row Dad, I know that building wealth is important to you. It’s the key to your freedom. And with that freedom, you can spend more time with your family, creating a lifetime of memories. Nobody is more qualified to talk about this than my friend Mike Ayala, who has over 22 years of experience starting, scaling, and selling companies. Now, he teaches busy professionals and entrepreneurs his approach to building teams and buying freedom. That’s what today’s episode is all about. If you’re trying to scale a company and manage life at home, you won’t want to miss this chat. And if you haven’t already, don’t miss Part 1 of our conversation. We dig into Mike’s philosophies as a Dad/Husband and how to build wealth without letting it negatively impact who your kids become!   Mike Ayala Podcast Highlights - Part 2 Are you charged or drained at work? Operate within your zone of genius so you have more capacity for life at home. Building businesses on the backs of great partnerships. How to determine who, how, and when to hire. Protecting your time and freedom by getting clear on who you are. Are you unconsciously committed to the chaos? Don’t let your ego get in the way of your success! Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/331 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
He built a badass business and “made it” financially. Now he helps busy professionals and entrepreneurs find true freedom to live their best life… Gents, as you know, one of the major pillars for Front Row Dads is Business Evolution—structuring our businesses so that we consciously choose to be family men with businesses, not businessmen with families. That’s why I wanted to invite Mike Ayala on the show. Mike has a ton of experience building companies, one of which scaled to more than 100 employees and sold at a $12 million valuation. I’ve also had the privilege of spending time with Mike. I’ve watched him engage with his wife and kids, and I can tell you that he’s one of the best dads out there. In other words, he knows the difficulty of running a business AND managing a family…. He also knows how to create generational wealth that gives him and his family the freedom to live life on their terms. I know this is important to Front Row Dads, but it brings up an interesting topic… What happens to our kids when they grow up in a wealthy household? Are they destined to be spoiled and entitled? That’s what we’re discussing in Part 1 of my conversation with Mike Ayala! Mike Ayala Podcast Highlights - Part 1 Will your kids be spoiled if they grow up with wealth? Why Mike’s kids weren’t allowed to work regular jobs before 18. How to create an environment where your kids aren’t entitled. Have you ever lost your sh*t at the kids? Be the thermostat, not the thermometer. Creating generational wealth and continuing to experience life with your kids (and their kids!) Why your kids need you more than ever as young adults. Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/330 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
There's a big difference between being rich and being wealthy. Rich people spend what they have. Wealthy people, however, leverage what they have to produce more wealth. But how much money is really enough? And what's driving our constant need for more? These are the types of financial questions I ask my good buddy, Michael Port, on today's podcast episode. More specifically, we're digging into money management as family men with businesses.     For context, he's written multiple bestselling books. He's also the co-founder of Heroic Public Speaking, a super successful company that he bootstrapped  and scaled with his wife, Amy. While there's more than one way to build wealth & legacy , I have a major appreciation for Michael's approach to financial freedom. Rather than follow the crowd, he constantly pursues the best path for him after spending years studying different approaches to creating financial independence.  We talk about what makes his business profitable, setting budgets with his wife, avoiding get-rich-quick schemes, and how he empowers his kids to manage their own finances. One of my favorite investment takeaways from our conversation - the ROI of "keeping it simple" = more bandwidth for my family!  Get a Free Book from Michael Port Step 1: Leave a review at FrontRowDads.com/review and tell me specifically what you liked about my conversation with Michael Port. Step 2: Take a screenshot of your review and send it to my team at info@frontrowdads.com and I’ll mail you one of Michael’s books for free (your choice of which book) Michael Port Podcast Highlights How Michael creates more free time for himself and his family Allowing your kids to track their finances and manage their money for things like school supplies, clothes, summer camp, and more Practical money management habits you and your family can use to achieve financial security and build long-term wealth Should you pay off your mortgage OR borrow against it to invest? Considering the investments that turn earned income into cashflow—and that also give you more bandwidth for the fam! Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/329 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
Of our three core values in FRD, Authentic Curiosity is at the top of the list. One thing I love about our community is that members have deep wisdom, while remaining wise enough to know there’s more to learn.  They have an insatiable appetite for resources that help them be more present and powerful at home.  When I learned about the questions my buddy Blake started asking about thriving in his marriage, and succeeding as a dad, I needed to have a longer conversation on the podcast.    Let’s rewind for a second and set the stage here… Before Blake even moved in with his wife, he started asking around, “How do you live with a woman?” Some answers were lackluster… Stuff like “Don’t leave the toilet seat up”, but he was looking for more than platitudes.   One day, a guy dropped some wisdom when he said… WAKE UP READY. Wake up with intention and positive anticipation so that you don’t miss a thing. Eventually the question evolved to “How do you love a woman?”  And then questions about fatherhood.  Our interview is fun, and filled with brilliance.  In this chat, we talk about “bro-countability” meetings, unexpected appreciation, how to accept and love your partner for who she is every day, and so much more!  Blake "Fly" Fleischacker Podcast Highlights: Life motivators: LIL (Location Independent Lifestyle), FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) and Family How to wake up ready and support your wife’s needs with the question, “Who are you today, my love?” Building a group of “paternity brothers” who will support you during early parenthood. Why every Dad needs a Bro-countability partner Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/328 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
I’ve recently started using the phrase, “I make myself mad when…”   I used to say, “You make me so mad when….”  or “It triggers me when…”  Taking ownership of my emotions has been a journey.  Rather than giving the power to other forces, people, circumstances – I’m claiming ownership of my personal state.   I make myself angry, because of the story I tell myself about what happens.   When I live in a world of “If she would just talk to me differently, I’ll be happy” or “If they would just listen to me, I wouldn’t get so mad”  Angry, emotions and managing our hearts and minds is the topic of convo today with my great friend Josh Trent.   Josh is the Founder of Wellness Force Media and host of the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast.  During our chat we talk about how getting a grip on how your physical wellbeing impacts your emotional state.   We explore a concept borrowed from the AA community – the H.A.L.T. Theory (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired).  We dive into the journey of finding greater consciousness and shifting what’s in your control.  Josh talks about the benefits (and challenges) of tracking tools like the Oura ring and glucose monitors.   We also explore the process of Emotional Inventory, how to dive into feelings like anger to get to know yourself better and much more.  Josh Trent Podcast Highlights Explore what is draining your energy and/or pushing you to your edge. Learn how to deal with sleep deprivation and other challenges of being a new dad. How do you stop projecting your feelings on your partner? And how do you deal with them projecting theirs? Listen to your body’s H.A.L.T. queues and use breathwork as a regulator for stress. The secret to celebrating loneliness. Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/327 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
Do your kids know your rules of life?  Do you know your rules of life?  I’ve got the Vroman Family values, but I’ve never put pen to paper on what our “rules of life” really are.  My guest today, and FRD brother, Kasim Aslam has an unbelievable approach to sharing his rules of life with his boys (we go deep into this during the show, and you can see the rules of life below). Also, let’s talk about habits for a minute.  Yeah…you’ve probably read all the books, listened to all the shows, but most dads haven’t taken a deep dive into the habits they’ve stacked, to really know if those habits are serving their family in the best way possible.  During my chat with Kasim, we explore all elements of rules, values, habits  — and Kasim tells exactly how he’s approached this through written, spoken, and visual aids.  When I was 11 years old my dad inducted me into the “FHA”, a secret club he created that was meant to give me some important core life values. Now that it is almost my turn to initiate my own kids into the club, I’ve found myself reflecting on the values and habits I am instilling in them. I hope you find this show as insightful as I did.  Kasim Aslam Podcast Highlights How to create “Rules of Life” for your family Learn how to instill great habits in your kids, without forcing it on them. Help your kids use their cultural backgrounds as inspiration for the way they live, not as a limitation. Ending generational cycles of bad habits, and starting newer and healthier ones. Finding the unshakable core values you believe in and want your kids to believe in. Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/326 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
Wouldn’t it be nice to raise a child that goes on to be the next LeBron James, Serena Williams, or Peyton Manning? Of course! But isn’t that setting the bar too high? There’s so much more that our kids can learn from playing sports. If we teach them to focus on improving their skills, learn from their mistakes, and be good teammates, they’ll be successful no matter what they do. For this conversation, I’m thrilled to welcome back none other than Alan Stein, Jr. Alan is an author, keynote speaker, and a performance coach with a passion for helping others change their behaviors and maximize performance. His proven principles teach others how to utilize the same approaches in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level. For over 15 years, he’s worked with legends and superstars in the NBA, such as Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant. Alan talks about empowering our kids to give it their best, develop a positive attitude, and be good teammates. We also talk about winning graciously and losing gracefully because there are lessons to be learned, no matter the outcome. And if things aren’t going well, or if they miss a shot, teaching our kids to move on to the “Next Play” is such a great lesson in sports and in life. It’s okay if they fall or come up short. But if they learn to get up, shake it off, and move forward, they’ll have way more wins than losses in their life. If your kids are playing sports, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen a parent yelling and screaming from the sidelines and thinking they’re helping the situation when it’s actually having the opposite impact. Alan reminds us that if we stay in our lanes, let the players play, and the coaches coach, we can focus on being the parent and empowering our kids to be the best at whatever they want to do.  One last thing, if you enjoyed this conversation, please leave an honest review of the FRD podcast and mention this episode. Send a screenshot to our team at FrontRowDads.com, tell us which one of Alan’s books you want and we’ll mail you a copy for free. (USA/Canadian residents only) Alan Stein, Jr. Podcast Highlights Sports should be fun, and an avenue for development and teaching life lessons. Why coaches and parents should put a greater focus on kids being a greater teammate versus winning and losing. Why the “Next Play” mentality works not only in sports, but in all aspects of life. The negative impact that parents can have when attempting to “coach” from the sidelines. The best thing that parents can do at their kids’ games is cheer them on and provide encouragement. The importance of focusing on the process of having a good attitude and giving your best effort. Show our kids how to win graciously and lose gracefully. Why youth sports should not be about parents living vicariously through their kids' experiences. How to help our kids make the connection of how preparation factors into both winning and losing. The trilogy of behaviors that parents and coaches need to eradicate from youth sports. The positive impact that comes from telling our kids “I love to watch you play”. One simple rule: Let the players play and let the coaches coach. Everybody makes mistakes. Teach our kids not to talk to referees when something goes wrong, since the referees don’t say anything to them when they make mistakes or miss a shot during the game. Let’s also make sure that we check in on each other, especially if you know someone that could use a friendly voice or text right now. Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/325 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
The average dude in their 20’s is usually still trying to figure a lot of things out. From finishing school, finding their passion or just figuring themselves out and being the man that they want to be. But for Kyle Jansen, he knew exactly what he wanted to do, he went for it, and now he’s totally crushing it. When Kyle was 20 years old, he had left his home and left school to pursue his passion in creating and developing a new braking system for bikes. Seven years later, he appeared on Shark Tank with his partner Brian Riley. They got an offer and some cash from Mark Cuban and the rest as they say, is history. Kyle is the Co-Founder of Guardian Bikes, which developed the Surestop® braking system, which is much safer (especially for kids) and helps prevent people from flipping over their handlebars on their bikes. He’s a father to two boys, a loving husband to his wife Megan and a member of the brotherhood here at Front Row Dads. In this conversation, Kyle shares his entrepreneurial journey that led to this groundbreaking (and head saving) technology. He talks about the challenges in finding that balance between traveling for work and being present for his wife, which is something that a lot of people can certainly relate to. We’ll also discuss how being a dad also means breaking the cycle and not repeating the mistakes of our fathers who didn’t or couldn’t spend time with us when we were young. We’ll also dig into the hypertrophy workout routine that we’ve been using that is so simple together, keeps us accountable to each other and is paying off with great results. Kyle Jansen Podcast Highlights The dividends from working out and staying in shape. How Kyle and Jon first met on a random bike ride with their kids. Why it’s so common for the relationships with our fathers is just a continuation of their relationship with their father. When we see the improvements that our fathers make in building a relationship with their kids, it motivates us to be present in our own families. How Kyle’s entrepreneurial journey started when he was 19, and how his father supported his decision to leave school to pursue his dream. The come to Jesus moment when Kyle’s wife was ready to have kids. How difficult it is to ask for help and delegate in our professional lives so that we can be a better husband and father. When the light switched when Kyle was in his late 20s on how to manage his family life. When things get chaotic at work and at home, it’s easy to stop taking care of ourselves. How Kyle found balance in his life. Starting your day with a workout sets the tone for the rest of the day and forces you to cut out bad habits the night before. The hypertrophy training system improves growth by focusing on the whole body more often, and not just leg day once per week. How the workouts are very simple over a 6 week period with a slow increase with the weights. Having someone to workout with and keep each other accountable makes a huge difference to stay motivated. The relationships that we make can develop into great resources to find referrals and recommendations. How the brake system works on a Guardian Bike and why it really is a safe and great bike for kids. Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/324 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
Ben said…  #1 – Be respectful  #2 – Stand up for what you believe in  I agree. Fully.   As a father, I’m often asking myself… Am I standing strong for my family right now, and for future generations?  What would it look like to act with courage and speak up when I feel called to express my heart?  How might I lead powerfully when engaging in controversial topics?  What SHOULD we be talking about with our kids when it comes to seemingly divisive global subjects?  For this interview, we committed to having a meaningful conversation, being honest, and talking about important issues.  During my time with Ben Pakulski, we discussed the following:   How much do you "strong arm" your kids vs giving them the power? The only way to help your kids stand up for what they believe in. The best way to encourage open dialogue and healthy conversations. How to teach your kids to consider opposing views and think critically. The Warrior VS Monk mentality  Understanding the importance of being present inside your body. PS.  If you haven’t listened yet, check out part 1 of my conversation with Ben → Raising Self Aware Humans, Building Strength At Home, & Dealing with Feelings of Guilt with Ben Pakulski.   Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/323 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
Gents, I’m talking with Ben Pakulski, who is considered the world’s best muscle expert and top authority on physique optimization and lifestyle integration for high-achieving men over 35. This may be hard to believe, but despite becoming one of the top 10 bodybuilders in the world, Ben never found true health & purpose until he became a Dad. In fact, he believes his kids are responsible for saving his life!  When they were born, his whole world shifted. He questioned everything he was doing as a bodybuilder and being as a man…  Instead of prioritizing getting big (like 310lbs of pure muscle big), he focused on how he could become the greatest Dad, leader, and role model for his kids.  He now spends his time optimizing his health from a physical, mental, and spiritual standpoint and helping other men step into their greatness. His goal is to become the best version of himself, so that his kids can learn to do the same.  In our talk, Ben and I hit on a bunch of topics surrounding family. We discuss core values, building strength in kids, words vs actions, what acceptance really looks like, and so much more.  You’ll also hear about a significant time when we both felt guilty as parents for our actions—and more importantly, how those misses can become opportunities to create a deeper connection with your kids.   Ben Pakulski Podcast Highlights - Part 1 How Ben’s views of health evolved over the years—especially since becoming a Dad. Find out why having kids saved his life! Why respect, honesty and integrity are the 3 biggest values in Ben’s family. The balance between pushing your kids to be great and accepting them for who they are. Turning misses as a Dad into opportunities to connect with your kids. Being proud of your kids AND encouraging them to see their own opportunities for improvement. How do you know if your child is receiving your love? Creating a deeper level of appreciation for who you are and the gifts you’ve been given. Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/322 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
I realize that talking about guns can be a touchy subject for some people.  But the reality is, a lot of our kids are exposed to guns at a very young age, even if it’s just from video games.  And when you consider the fact that there are tons of new first-time gun owners over the past two years, I thought this was an important conversation to have. Some of you have probably thought about purchasing a gun for protection at some point, maybe you’re even thinking about it now. That’s why I’m thrilled to share this conversation that I just had with a legit badass and share his expertise about how to protect your family with gun ownership.  Clay Martin is a former Reconnaissance Marine, USMC Scout Sniper, and a retired Green Beret. By the end of his career, he finished as a Professional Gunner 3, which is basically at a triathlete level in the professional shooting world. And if that wasn’t enough, he’s also coached a team in the SWAT Olympics.  Did you think I was kidding about the badass comment?  And while he wasn’t born with natural skills, by learning over a long period of time, it’s made him a better teacher.  You’ll learn that there is so much more that we need to think about before making that purchase, including teaching our kids that airsoft guns are not toys and how to be a responsible gun owner. We also run through a real-life scenario where Clay guides me through what we should and shouldn’t do. For those of you who might be considering purchasing a weapon for protection, Clay has a ton of great advice that is on point. We’ll talk about all things you need to know before you head to the store, the types of guns that he recommends (including airsoft guns), and how steep the learning curve really is to be effective and accurate with a gun in your hands. Clay Martin Podcast Highlights How Clay's experience with guns started at a young age, and how hard he worked to improve his skills as a Marine and in scout sniper school. How Clay developed his skills and became a great teacher since he wasn’t born with natural talent. The questions that a dad should ask when thinking about arming himself to protect his family. Why Clay recommends another weapon like a hatchet or an airsoft gun for someone who has zero experience with guns as the first option for home protection. How an airsoft gun is an excellent entry point to gun ownership to help learn the basic mechanisms and hold a gun. Never let your kids play with an airsoft gun. Make sure they understand that it’s a real weapon. Save the nerf guns for playtime. Why Clay recommends a concealed carry gun like an AR-15 pistol as a first purchase, and the other brands he’d recommend. How steep the learning curve is to fire a pistol effectively, and why a rifle or AR-15 pistol is much safer for accuracy. What you need to know about concealed carry. The things you can do to protect yourself in the event of a home invasion. A reminder the next Online Summit will take place on March 24, 2022 and when the next window will open for new memberships. Get the Full Show Notes Want access to the full show notes, including links to all resources mentioned during today's conversation? Visit FrontRowDads.com/321 Want to learn more about Front Row Dads? We are in the business of building better families. While most dads would say that family matters most, the challenge is they feel guilty knowing their careers get the best of them, and their family seems to get the rest of them. We help Dads become family men with businesses, not businessmen who have families, so they can thrive personally AND professionally. Subscribe to the Front Row Dad podcast to learn about fatherhood, marriage and how to level up your game at home, or if you’re ready for the best coaching and true brothers to grow with, Join The Brotherhood! Are you getting all the shows? Subscribe today! Want to leave a review? THANK YOU! http://FrontRowDads.com/review
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