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.
It's Not About You
Friday 07 May 2021
: “We all enter fatherhood with preconceived notions and expectations. We hear about that magically profound connection that forms the...
Thursday 06 May 2021
: “In Margarita Engels’s beautiful poem Drum Dream Girl (a must read for every parent), a little girl wants to be a drummer. But time and...
If you Want Them To Listen
Wednesday 05 May 2021
: “You want them to listen. You want them to respect you, as we’ve talked about. What’s the secret?”Ryan explains the key to good...
They Shrug It Off. So Can You
Tuesday 04 May 2021
: “Your kid falls. If you’re not paying attention, they brush themselves off and keep going. But if they see the look on your face? They...
Do Your Actions Match Your Values
Monday 03 May 2021
: “We tell ourselves we’re good people. We support good causes. We vote for the right candidates. We are disgusted when we hear people say...
Daily Dad and Nils Parker on Doing the Right Thing During the Pandemic
Saturday 01 May 2021
: On today’s podcast Ryan talks to his friend and writing partner Nils Parker about Ryan’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, why it’s...
This Is The Enemy
Friday 30 April 2021
: “You’re distracted because this weird work email just came in. You’re in a bad mood because of something you saw. And what happens?...
This Explains Everything
Thursday 29 April 2021
: “How old were you when you first heard of the concept of being “hangry?” Maybe it was a friend that joked about it, or someone you...
This Is A Tough Balance
Wednesday 28 April 2021
: “We’ve talked about being a fan of your kids. We’ve talked about believing in them. We’ve talked about encouraging and supporting...
Your Family Was Given A Gift
Tuesday 27 April 2021
: “There have been incalculable losses over the last year. The death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic is staggering. The economic devastation...
Don't Just Assume It Will Work Out
Monday 26 April 2021
: “In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius takes a moment to remind himself of the “malice, cunning and hypocrisy that power produces,” and the...
Daily Dad and Nils Parker on Resiliency and Fragility
Saturday 24 April 2021
: On today’s podcast Ryan talks to his friend and writing partner Nils Parker about the contradicting ideas of resiliency and fragility and...
Don't Forget How Small They Are
Friday 23 April 2021
: “There’s a wrenching scene in the haunting novel The Sweet Hereafter (not to be read for the faint of heart). A widowed husband is...
What Are You Making Them Do?
Thursday 22 April 2021
: “There’s a line adapted from Aristotle but given to us by the historian Will Durant: We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore, excellence...
This Could Be The Moment
Wednesday 21 April 2021
: “You’re busy. It’s just a trip to the store. They have been a pain all day. You’re trying to get ready to give them a special...
What Game Are You Teaching Them?
Tuesday 20 April 2021
: “There are two types of games in this life: Finite and Infinite games. Finite games are things you do once and then they’re over....
You Can't Expect Them To Have The Same Taste...Yet
Monday 19 April 2021
: “We’ve talked before about enjoying the classics with your kids. Not necessarily ‘the classics’ in the ancient Greek literature...
Daily Dad on Advice for Expecting Parents
Saturday 17 April 2021
: On today’s podcast Ryan talks to his friend and writing partner Nils Parker about advice that they wish they would've been given before...
Give What You Didn't Get
Friday 16 April 2021
: “Marqise Lee didn’t play football in 2020. He could have played for Bill Belichick but he didn’t. Not because he was worn down or...
This Is The One Thing You Cannot Do
Thursday 15 April 2021
: “We can mess up a lot as parents—in fact, we will mess up a lot. We will work too much. We will have issues from our own childhood...
To Whom Much Is Given...
Wednesday 14 April 2021
: “Your kids want to know why their friends don’t have to do chores. They want to know why you aren’t happy with middling grades. They...
Don't Think About It This Way
Tuesday 13 April 2021
: “Every TV show perpetuates the stereotype. Our own memories confirm it. At some point, parents have to have “The Talk.” About drugs....
This Solves Most Problems
Monday 12 April 2021
: “We’ve said before that taking a walk will solve most of your parenting problems. Getting the kids outside, rocking them with the...
Daily Dad on How to Raise a Resilient Child
Saturday 10 April 2021
: “Every parent wants a resilient child. Nobody feels good sending a fragile or vulnerable kid in the world. We know that resilience isn’t...
It's Your Job To Check In
Friday 09 April 2021
: “Nobody steals a scene on Seinfeld quite like George’s parents, Frank and Estelle Costanza. And of course, nobody makes George more...