Episode 1: Today’s Dad

Hey Dad, your role is changing. You’re spending more time with your family, helping out more at home and more engaged with your children. Why? There are many reasons. What does it mean for you and your family? A lot.

We talk with Dr. Kevin Shafer of Brigham Young University about his study of fatherhood today.

About the author, James

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.


  1. Claudia Stawicki on 03/01/2019 at 2:55 PM

    That was an awesome first podcast! I will be sharing with my husband so he can listen as well! My takeaway is it’s ok to show love, it’s not “gay” or weird, kids need it! I’m hoping my husband will show more affection to our 10 year old son, after hearing this podcast! I love that your daughter spoke at the end, she sounded great!

  2. Justin Osterhout on 03/01/2019 at 3:29 PM

    Incredible start to this journey. Thank you, very much, James and Dr. Shafer!

  3. Ray Pearen on 03/01/2019 at 4:30 PM

    Great job James! Really enjoyed all the content and I’m looking forward to future podcasts! Love to see an episode on the impact of stepfather’s in their children’s lives. My stepfather was pivotal to my upbringing and I don’t think that stepfather’s get quite the accolades that they should.

  4. Janet RABE-Meyer on 03/01/2019 at 5:35 PM

    Wonderful! I’ll be sharing this with all of The dad’s I know!!

  5. Chris Ward on 03/01/2019 at 11:16 PM

    Thank you so much James! You have to meet my mentor David Higginbottom. He would be great for you to interview on the topic fatherhood. He has been such a blessing in my life.

  6. Karen McLellan on 03/03/2019 at 1:46 PM

    Love that you include Naomi! I marvel at the way your generation is raising their children. I was just with my son, wife and two children (ages 5 and 18 months) for a week on vacation and enjoyed just watching them, the adults, co-parent and co-manage the week. It is easy to see this is how they share their lives. It is not only equally being able to care for, entertain and handle all their children’s needs but the seamless way they move between sharing shopping, meal preparation, cooking, cleaning up post meal and post play, bath time and bed time. 90% of these duties were exclusively mine when raising our three children…and I worked full time for a good part of this time. Yes, it is so very positive for fathers to engage with their children on the levels you mentioned in this pod cast. My but to this is the need for fathers to also engage in the whole aspect of building and providing for their families. Having girls and boys know that it is appropriate for both parents to do these necessary “household” jobs is great for their futures. Equally, I think both should partake in learning some of the more traditional “dad” tasks like: taking care of the car(s); lawn and garden care; Mr. Fix-it projects around the house; finances from whichever or both parents who handle this; what is involved in the research and purchase of bigger household ticket items..as a few examples. James, I think this podcast is great!

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