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.
Monday 10 August 2020
: "What gives you the right? What’s your purpose on this planet? Why do you work so hard, why do you fight for the causes you fight for, why...
Everything but This Is Temporary
Friday 07 August 2020
: "You’ve been working for this moment your whole life. To make it into the league. To sit behind the big desk. To command the squadron. To...
This Is the Enemy of Good Parenting
Thursday 06 August 2020
: "There are so many sad examples: The father who can’t bear to be contradicted. The parents who refuse to admit when they are wrong. The...
Let Them See You in Your Element
Wednesday 05 August 2020
: "What do you think drew Steph Curry to basketball? It must have been many things, but chief among them has to have been the time he spent in...
What Do We Do In Times Like This?
Tuesday 04 August 2020
: "So much has happened and so much now remains uncertain. Do we go back to work? Do we let the kids go to the park? Do we stay inside? Do we...
You Gotta Take an Interest
Monday 03 August 2020
: "When Margaret Thatcher was in school as a young girl, she was assigned books like we all were. Some were boring. Some were exciting. Some...
These Are Magic Words
Friday 31 July 2020
: "When you hear these three words, there can be only one response. To drop everything and look. To engage. To be flattered and excited, to...
This Is the Secret to Your Hardest Job
Thursday 30 July 2020
: "It doesn’t matter if you’re the president, a doctor, or an internationally touring musician—they all agree that the hardest job is...
There Is No Party Line
Wednesday 29 July 2020
: "Should you let your kids have screen time when they’re younger? How young is too young to give them their first phone? What about sugar...
Make Life More Promising When You’re Around
Tuesday 28 July 2020
: "F. Scott Fitzgerald lived a glamorous life and then he cracked up. All his talent. All his money. All the beauty and the passion...
Monday 27 July 2020
: "It would be nice if the world was nice. It would be nice if it was easy to be a kid. Unfortunately, it isn’t. It’s hard to be the smart...
This Is the Tricky Balance
Friday 24 July 2020
: "School doesn’t matter. It just doesn’t. Have your grades from elementary school ever come up once in your life? Even a Harvard GPA is...
Your Bond Should Grow
Thursday 23 July 2020
: "Every father is different, yet when we hear the descriptions, or see the portrayals of fathers on film, it can feel like we’re the only...
There Are Better Forms of Motivation
Wednesday 22 July 2020
: "When you look at champions—in sports or politics or business—it’s hard not to detect a theme running through a lot of their...
Show Them What You Love (But Don’t Make Them Love It)
Tuesday 21 July 2020
: "You have been looking forward to this for so long. The opportunity to turn them onto your favorite bands. To watch your favorite movies. To...
This Is a Chance to Learn
Monday 20 July 2020
: "There is nothing that can prepare you for being a dad, as the cliche goes. No book. No class. No amount of seeing your own parents or...
You Gotta Give Them Access
Friday 17 July 2020
: "We want to make sure our kids have opportunities in life. We want to make sure that they’re not excluded or kept out. We work hard—try...
Try Not to Give Them Anything Extra
Thursday 16 July 2020
: "We all have issues. We know that. Our goal as fathers, as we’ve said, is to not pass them on. To stop the cycle of dysfunction. It’s a...
Look for the Double Opportunity
Wednesday 15 July 2020
: "The jogging stroller lets you exercise… while spending time with your kid. The drive to school, or to soccer tournaments… is a chance...
This Could Be That Day
Tuesday 14 July 2020
: "It was just another day on vacation for the Roosevelts in 1921. FDR spent the morning sailing around Campobello Island with Eleanor and his...
You Guys Should Do This Together
Monday 13 July 2020
: "Each morning, Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, get up early and, after they meditate, they read together. Actually, they read...
Remember the True Value of an Education
Friday 10 July 2020
: "You send them to great schools. You make sure they do their homework. You drill them on their flashcards. You are saving for college. You...
They Deserve to Be Sheltered (Somewhat!)
Thursday 09 July 2020
: "How much should we shelter our kids from the scariness of the world? How much should we protect them from knowing about the day-to-day...
Don’t Teach Them What to Think, Teach Them How
Wednesday 08 July 2020
: "It’s tempting to tell them exactly what they can and can’t do. It’s tempting to tell them what you expect them to do, or explain how...
You Are Being Reminded
Tuesday 07 July 2020
: "It’s been a rough couple weeks. You watched your retirement accounts lose as much as 30% of their value. You’re watching businesses...