Podcast Episode 113: A Dad's Cool Mission to Spread Girl-Positive Messages

Podcast Episode 113: A Dad’s Cool Mission to Spread Girl-Positive Messages

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 113 of The New Family Podcast where we hear about a dad’s cool mission to spread girl-positive messages.

Mike Reynolds has a mission we dearly need to hear about right now. Mike has written extensively about raising his two daughters on his blog puzzling posts.com, and he’s recently founded a great T-shirt company called Every Day Girl Dad to spread girl-positive messages. This seems particularly timely right now while many of us are deeply concerned about what the results of the US election mean for girls and women. Mike is very concerned about the gender stereotypes that still exist in our culture, including those that still seem to suggest boys and men shouldn’t cry. He shares his view on how our society needs to redefine masculinity if it wants to address rape culture and make the world a more accepting place for both girls and boys.

Here’s where you can find out more about Mike and his work:

Mike’s new T-shirt company, Every Day Girl Dad

Mike’s blog Puzzling Posts

Mike’s blog post, Dads Against Dads Against Daughters Dating

Mike’s blog post, Nine Ways my Daughters and I are Becoming Better Feminists Together

Charities that Every Day Girl Dad has supported so far:

White Ribbon

Sexual Assault Network of Ottawa

Mike’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“I think it goes back to the stuff I wrote about. What people would tell me early on not to be afraid to admit that you’ve made mistakes, and allow yourself to make mistakes. The number of things you will consider a mistake in parenting is innumerable, and if you sit there beating yourself up about everything you think is going to ruin your child, you might just end up ruining your child. You need to be able to say, ‘You know what, my kids make mistakes, I make mistakes, I’ve never been a parent of a kid this age before.’ Allow yourself to say, ‘Hey, I could have handled that differently so I will next time, and then move on from there.’ And the other thing is to time moments for self-care. Have a night away every once in a while if you’re able to, even if that night away is just binge watching Netflix, allow yourself to a relax knowing you’re going to have kids running around the house the next day.”

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Episode 94: Dads Rising Above Their Role Models

Episode 65: New Priorities of Millennial Dads

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today’s Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here.


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