In 2008, NY schoolteacher and father Matt Schneider and his friend Lance set out to bring a balance to the “Mommy-and-Me” yoga classes, “Mom” shopping programs, and “Mothering” news segments that seemed to be dominating the parenting media. Together, they founded City Dads Group, a national network of meet-up groups for dads.
Since then, Matt has become a popular voice on parenting and, specifically, fatherhood, with his views quoted in such places as The New York Times, USA Today, and Bloomberg Businessweek. He hosts the popular podcast, the Modern Dads Podcast.
This week on the Talking to Teens Podcast, Matt reveals lessons he’s learned about how to be a more effective father and husband. Much of this advice centers around finding work-life balance and creating a positive parenting partnership.
And as an example of how to use these techniques with your own teenager, I put together a word-for-word script for you to get through to your teen FAST about any issue.
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CLIP 1 (2:07)
Matt Tells the Story of how City Dads Group Began
It was a single moment of realization that led Matt and his friend Lance to found the influential organization.
CLIP 2 (1:18)
Moms and Dads are Parenting TOGETHER
Matt reflects on the wording that is often used surrounding parenting in advertising and media.
CLIP 3 (2:25)
Tips for a Successful Parenting Partnership
Here’s what Matt has learned over the years about how to deal with “gatekeeping” in parenting relationships.
CLIP 4 (1:48)
The Bar for Fathers is Set THIS LOW
Matt explains how small, subtle comments that we make can perpetuate negative stereotypes without us even realizing it.
CLIP 5 (4:08)
Parents, Join Forces During the Teenage Years!
These are two strategies Matt recommends parents employ during the teenage years to help present a unified front to the kids.
A leading dadvocate who has been quoted in places like The New York Times, USA Today, and Bloomberg Businessweek, Matt Schneider is the co-founder of City Dads Group, an influential organization that facilitates groups of dads to hold meet-ups all across the country.
Matt is also the host of the Modern Dads Podcast, an award-winning show that features interviews with important voices in the modern parenting conversation.