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Positively Dad Podcast.

Fatherhood is fascinating. Let's enjoy the journey. The Positively Dad Podcast is all about supporting dads in becoming amazing leaders, cheerleaders and supporters of their kids, families and partners. We'll learn, grow and be challenged together by connecting with experts on fatherhood and families.

“I love this podcast! As a father it challenges my thinking and reminds me of what an honor fatherhood is.”

Safety Harbor, Florida

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Teens, Tech & Food – The Connection Between Your Phone and Your Health

November 15, 2019

Is your cell phone making you fat? It just may be according to new study. Here’s the truth… we’re on our phones, computers and using screens a lot. It’s a part of life. We use it to stay in touch, get information, find directions, play games and more. It turns out that the more you…

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Dads Are Parents Too – A Message for America’s Schools

November 5, 2019

The school nurse called this week. Our second grader fell and hit her mouth on a desk. She’s fine. It was no big deal. She didn’t need to come home. The nurse just wanted us to know. Well… she wanted one of us to know and that one was mom. I was out of town…

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4 Ways Halloween Brings Out the Best in Dads

October 26, 2019

Halloween week is here! It’s the only time of year when zombies, princesses, and giant T-Rex’s can walk the streets in harmony. On its surface, Halloween is an easy holiday; snag a costume, and you’re done. But a lot goes into making Halloween a safe and successful night for your kids. Put on that superhero…

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Be the Rad Dad on Campus

October 23, 2019

Want to Be the Rad Dad on Campus? Just Show Up! The school year is underway and that means back to the trenches for moms who want to be actively involved in their kids’ schools. There are fundraisers to spearhead, volunteers to recruit, teacher goodies to assemble, field trips to chaperone, reading and math buddies…

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Top Traits of a Superhero Dad

October 12, 2019

Dads are not always fun. Sometimes they bore us to snores. Sometimes they’re bossy. Aren’t these super-mean sentiments sometimes directed towards super-powerful beings? The truth is, dads are superheroes. We often fight to keep our families safe. We smile in the face of life’s monsters. We show compassion, love, and empathy when things are bleak.…

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How Paid Paternity Leave Helps Families Thrive

July 31, 2019

Is living in the United States making it harder to raise a family? Many parents say yes due no standard for paid leave. Under federal law, new parents– moms and dads– have access to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. Companies can choose to offer paid leave, but the federal government doesn’t guarantee time away from…

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9 Common Mistakes Dads Make

July 19, 2019

Let’s face it: being a dad can be one of the most fulfilling experiences in life. However, at the same time, it’s never a walk in the park. It can be challenging to take care of kids and keep them healthy, well-fed, safe, and loved, while also ensuring that you nurture them in just the…

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7 Healthy Eating Tips for Families on the Go

July 10, 2019

The busy, crazy schedules found in many homes today make it challenging for families to eat healthy. When time is short, it’s always a temptation to pick up burgers, pizza or some kind of take-out meals. However, when fast food becomes a habit, nutrition suffers and the costs mount. Fortunately, a little planning and forethought…

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7 Tips for a Safe 4th of July

June 29, 2019

If most of your best memories are of summer fun, it’s only natural to want to recreate those good times for your own children. The Fourth of July is a great opportunity for family togetherness, but it’s all one of the holidays most likely to land you in the emergency room. It’s the third-most dangerous holiday…

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How to Step Back From Solving Your Kids’ Problems—and Why You Should

June 5, 2019

Dads often want to be a hero for their kids. The attributes of heroic father may change over time, from clubber of wild boars to breadwinning sole provider to stay-at-home dad with on-point French braiding skills. It’s only natural to want to swoop in and rescue your kids from their problems whenever you can.   But…

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About your host and the Podcast

Thank you for joining me for the Positively Dad journey! My name is James Shaw and I'm a husband and father. I live in the Tampa Bay area with my wife, Terri and our young daughter, Naomi. The goal with Positively Dad for us to think, learn and grow. It's easy to get caught up in the day to day and miss opportunities to become amazing fathers. I trust that the conversations we have on Positively Dad will help you see that fatherhood is truly a journey and that we are better together than figuring it all out on our own.