Empathy Towards Your Kids, You Are Special, Listening To Women – Dudes To Dads Ep 18

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The theme for episode 18 is Empathy.  We talk about how we now have international listeners from Canada, Austria, Nicaragua, etc. The local news also stopped by to interview Jason. A brief part of the interview did air on the local news and you can see it here.  Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.  It really applies to everyone: kids, work, and your spouse. In SuperCharge we introduce the book “You are Special” by Max Lucado. It’s a story of Punchinello, the wooden Wemmick.  The story reminds us that we are wonderful just the way we are.  We then go into the The Battlefield and talk about how children need empathy much more than a solution.  We often think because we know more that we need to provide advice.  They just want to be heard.   The Light Her Fire segment also discusses empathy in which women just want you to listen.  Do not give them advice unless they ask for it.  To emphasize this, we do Dad’s Homework which is to not give anyone advice for a week unless they ask for it.  We finish out the episode with a quote from Stephen Covey: “When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.”


Welcome & Intros (0:00) – Theme for this podcast is Empathy, International listeners

Supercharge (6:22) – The Book “You are Special” by Max Lucado

The Battlefield (12:50) –  Being empathetic toward your child versus telling them things are ok.

Light Her Fire (19:28) – Listen instead of providing solutions

Dad’s Homework (26:01) – Do not give advice or instruction unless asked.

Quote of the Day (28:41) – Quote by Stephen Covey


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