Today’s co-host is Rob Roseman, podcaster and author specializing in all things fatherhood. Rob explores what it means to be a great dad in an era where social media and hustle culture can seep into our home life and impact the family dynamic.

Plenty of podcasts interview CEOs about work ethic, inspiration, creativity, and the secret sauce for success. But how many of those CEOs are fathers struggling with balance and dad-guilt behind the scenes? Most, if not all.

After interviewing plenty of powerful men himself, Rob realized that, at the end of our lives, we think more about our families than we do profit margins and going public. So why aren’t we talking about the struggles of parenting and what success means as a dad?

From feeling less guilty about screen time to scheduling time for ourselves, Rob Roseman walks through a few principles for parenting in a tech-centric and comparison-obsessed culture.

“There’s always more stuff you can do. But you need to write it in your calendar that at this time I’m going for a walk, maybe without my phone, because our brains do need a break. And the payoff is going to be a lot more than you just writing that extra email or doing that little bit extra.” ~ Rob Roseman

Main Takeaways

  • Self-care as dads is something that’s rarely talked about and can be a struggle. Schedule designated time for yourself throughout the week. Because taking responsibility for your own life and your own sanity will make you a better parent.
  • Find ways to limit your phone and your social media scrolling. But also remember that you’re not a bad parent if your kids are a bit preoccupied with an iPad. There are worse things for them than screen time.
  • Model strong behavior for your kids rather than telling them what to do. Watching you take responsibility for your life will encourage kids to do the same. And if you’re telling them to put their phones away or eat their vegetables, but you’re not modeling that behavior, they’ll never listen.
  • Carve out one-on-one time with each kid, especially if you’ve got multiple. Be intentional with your time with them.
  • You never know if you’re making the best decision for your kids. Dealing with other people’s pressure is hard, but it’s important to give yourself grace. It’s a tough time to be a parent and we’re all doing the best we can.
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