The Daily Dad
The audio companion to DailyDad.com’s daily email meditations on fatherhood, read by Ryan Holiday. Each daily reading will help you find the wisdom, inner strength, and good humor you need in order to be a great dad. Learn from historical figures and contemporary fathers how to do your most important job. Find more at dailydad.com.
This Is Where to Put Your Effort
Monday 23 November 2020
: "You’re making good money. You’re saving. You’re investing. You’ve bought those personal finance books that tell you how to manage...
You've Been Graced
Friday 20 November 2020
: "Charles de Gaulle had a hard life. He was a POW in WWI. He had to flee France in order to save it in WWII. He endured protests and...
Tell Them Before It’s Too Late
Thursday 19 November 2020
: "An accident, a mistake—no matter the intention, no matter how sweet the child or living the parent—can irrevocably change a life. A kid...
It’s the Hardest Thing
Wednesday 18 November 2020
: "Chesty Puller saw some stuff. He fought in the Banana Wars. He fought in guerilla wars. He took islands in the Pacific during WWII. He...
This Is How to Act
Tuesday 17 November 2020
: "It’s confusing to be a parent these days. Confusing to be a father, too. Because roles are in a state of flux. Expectations are always...
You Have To Unlock This
Monday 16 November 2020
: Clearly, Dean Acheson’s parents did a good job. They raised him to be diligent enough to get into the best schools. They provided for him....
You Don’t Stop Teaching Your Kids
Friday 13 November 2020
: "Nell Painter was an accomplished adult. She was more than out from under her parents thumb—she was in her seventies. She was a...
Yet Don’t Be Too Tough
Thursday 12 November 2020
: "As we’ve talked about, you have to toughen your kids up. No one is well-served by parents who are soft, who let them be soft.But at the...
Make Them Feel Like They’re “Enough”
Wednesday 11 November 2020
: "Obviously you want them to be successful. You want them to be excellent—at whatever they do in this life. But it is essential, as you...
Not Just to Read, but to Read Critically
Tuesday 10 November 2020
: "An illiterate world is not a good one, but a world where people unthinkingly believe and accept everything they read is not that much...
They’re Listening. They Really Are.
Monday 09 November 2020
: "Like so many dads, Harbaugh kept repeating this ridiculous line because, who knows why, that’s just what dads do. Not once in the five...
You Have to Come Up With Challenges
Friday 06 November 2020
: "Of course, you want tough kids. You want boys who are active and resilient. You want girls who are active and resilient. You want them to...
Don’t Ever, Ever Do This
Thursday 05 November 2020
: "Cato the Elder, we’re told by Plutarch, “used to say that a man who beats his wife or a child is laying sacrilegious hands on the most...
Who Are You Doing This For?
Wednesday 04 November 2020
: "It’s almost incomprehensible.The parents were rich. They were powerful. Their kids had access to the best tutors in the world. The best...
Only A Parent Understands
Tuesday 03 November 2020
: "The Spartan Agesilaus was the toughest of the tough. Like all Spartans, he had been trained in the agoge to be courageous and...
They Learn From Home
Monday 02 November 2020
: "You tell them to be good. To be honest. To follow the law. To care about other people. That safety comes first. You say these things, but...
What If You Didn’t Think You Knew?
Friday 30 October 2020
: "You’re a dad, so you know a lot. You’ve been alive a while. You’ve read a thing or two and heard a thing or two. So when your kids...
They Don’t Need to Worry About Anything But This
Thursday 29 October 2020
: "F Scott Fitzgerald wasn’t always the best father, but as one of the most brilliant writers and thinkers of his time, he certainly knew...
Let Them Hear It From You
Wednesday 28 October 2020
: "You can’t wait until you’re on your deathbed to let them know how you feel about them. You can’t wait until you’re dead and gone...
There’s a Reason You’re So Raw
Tuesday 27 October 2020
: "While there are certainly people out there for whom the pandemic or our political environment have brought out their worst, the rest of us...
Easier or Harder? Which Is It?
Monday 26 October 2020
: "What’s the through line to judge a good parent through the early days to the glory days through the golden years? It’s simple: Do you...
They Are Always Your Child
Friday 23 October 2020
: "We have to remember that while we’re on this journey. They’re going to get older. Someday, perhaps some day soon, they’ll stop being...
When Is Their Time?
Thursday 22 October 2020
: "Of course, you’re busy. You have work. You have your spouse. You have your kids. You have all the obligations of adulthood. All these...
Teach Them to Notice
Wednesday 21 October 2020
: "When Robert Lovett, the future State Department official and Secretary of Defense, was a kid, it happened that both father and son took...
If It Works, Do It Again
Tuesday 20 October 2020
: "We parents are like field goal kickers. Just like if a certain shirt or a pair of socks brings them luck, we’re always looking for...