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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.”


Scott
Safety Harbor, Florida

Latest Blog Posts

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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Got Hair Duty? 5 Tips for Flawlessly Styling Your Daughter’s Hair

June 2, 2019

Styling the hair of an adorable, wiggly and uncooperative little girl is a challenge for anyone. If you don’t normally have hair duty, however, you may find it exceptionally challenging. This is especially true if you don’t have a lot of experience with hair gadgets and doodads, such as ties and barrettes. But you can…

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7 Trends of Today’s Dad

April 12, 2019

Ward and June Cleaver, Archie and Edith Bunker, Homer and Marge Simpson, and more recently, Andre and Rainbow Johnson: this list of names brings up strong images of television families and dads. These shows portray just a slice of how media has exemplified the changing role of the American dad during the last 70 years.…

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Do your kids have a growth mindset?

April 3, 2019

An obvious goal of fatherhood is raising children who are happy and successful. Life isn’t filled with fun and constant winning. It’s not pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows. As John Doran shared with us on a podcast, learning to turn negativity and bad experiences into teaching points is one of the best ways to…

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Make Reading Fun

March 28, 2019

If you’re a dad, there are probably lots of ways you love spending time with your kids. One of the most beneficial for both you and your child is the time you spend reading to them. Reading to kids doesn’t only have a slew of benefits like improving language skills and boosting social skills, it…

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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.