19 Oct Meet The Good Enough Dads
New podcast: Aussie Dads Hamish Blake, Ben Hannant, Gus Worland, Sean Szeps, John Butler, Stephen Page And More talk to Parenting Educator Maggie Dent about being…The Good Enough Dad
There are 5.4 million dads* in Australia, and for LiSTNR’s new original podcast series, The Good Enough Dad, which launches today, famed parenting educator, author, and champion of boys and men, Maggie Dent, talks to some of them about their wins, challenges and stuff-ups, proving along the way that being “good enough” is exactly what our kids need.
“Aiming to be a GOOD dad is important, but you know what, research actually shows that being a good ENOUGH parent is how you ace it,” said Maggie Dent.
Known around Australia as the “Queen of Common Sense”, Dent shares her characteristic humour and simple strategies with dads from all walks of life. Dads like Hamish Blake talk about their fears, their major stuff ups (Blake tells how he was sacked as a dad!), when things have just felt impossible, and when they have truly knocked it out of the park.
Maggie Dent is a trusted voice – her podcast Parental As Anything has won gold at the Australian Podcast Awards. She regularly travels around Australia presenting to parents on resilience, anxiety and raising boys to men. She’s the author of nine books, the mother of four sons and grandma to seven grandkids.
Dent said: “I’ve wanted to do something for dads for a long time. I’ve watched my own sons become fathers, and there is just so little out there for dads. Seeing dads on telly and in ads being the bumbling fool – apart from in Bluey, of course! – is frustrating. Dads are doing a great job…it’s time to celebrate our dads!”
Celebrate dads is what The Good Enough Dad certainly does.
“This podcast will have listeners laughing, nodding in agreement, reliving their own experiences and groaning in understanding,” said Dent. “Being a dad is not easy. I hope listeners want to high-five themselves or hug their own dad for all the incredible things he’s doing and done in their lives.”
Throughout the 26-episode season, Dent chats with good mate and Triple M Sydney host Gus Worland about the man who shaped the father he is today, former NRL star Ben Hannant about how he parents eight kids, and the hilarious How to Dad NZInstagram star Jordan Watson on how running from half-crazed sheep in the wilds of New Zealand helped him be the dad he is today. Musician John Butler, singer, actor and TV presenter David Campbell, acclaimed performer Stephen Page, footy legend Brad Kearns, father of twins and podcaster Sean Szeps, comedian and presenter Matt Okine, and TV presenter Tristan MacManus also talk to Dent about their fatherhood journey.
The Good Enough Dad Listen here