Men today tend to have much different expectations for themselves as fathers than previous generations did. Gone, for the most part, are the days where a man could simply put food on the table and feel that he was successfully fulfilling his duties as a dad. Today, men often find themselves struggling to strike a healthy balance between work obligations, marriage obligations, child care obligations, and extended family obligations, which often include caring for aging parents.
In this episode, Dan, Tim Walsh, and Michael Dinneen (a.k.a. The Deep Dive guys) get together again to share some of their greatest joys and deepest sorrows around their relationships with their fathers and their own experiences as fathers themselves. All of the emotional strain of being pulled in so many different directions has definitely been taking its toll on the guys lately – you can hear it in their voices as they tell their stories. By the end, though, it’s plain to see how powerful and transformative support systems can be for men when they are free to be open, honest, and vulnerable about their wishes, hopes, and fears.
About The Man Rules Podcast Host, Dan Griffin
Dan Griffin, M.A., is an internationally recognized author, thought leader, and expert on men’s relationships and masculinity. His work and life is dedicated to exploring and redefining what it means to be a man in the 21st century. Dan is dedicated to helping men be better men by understanding the impact of the Man Rules on their lives and finding the success in their personal lives they are striving for in the professional lives. His professional background includes over two decades in the mental health and addictions field. Dan earned a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Kansas where his graduate work was the first qualitative study centered on the social construction of masculinity in the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous. Dan grew up in the DC area and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nancy, and his daughter, Grace, and has been in long-term recovery from addiction since he graduated college in May of 1994.