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Brand New Father Podcast

100 EpisodesProduced by Tanel Jappinen, a husband and a new dad shares the stories, struggles and wWebsite

Brand New Father Podcast is a place to find encouragement, real life stories, struggles, wins and some lessons to help you become a better dad today than you were yesterday!Millennials were supposed to change the parenting status quo and make engaged fatherhood seem totally unexceptional. Even, if w… read more

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110 Super Dad Syndrome

July 8th, 2017


In this episode I share my own struggle with trying to be a good dad and a husband… sometime to a fault and trying to make it perfect.

In the end …

109 Shawn Stevenson on Sleep and New Parenthood

June 23rd, 2017


Shawn Stevenson is the host of The Model Health Show podcast, which is #1 Health podcast on iTunes and also a a bestselling author of “Sleep Smarter”

I can’t think of a better person to talk to about new parents and …

108 Happy Fathers Day and my lessons from past 6 weeks

June 16th, 2017


Happy Fathers Day!

I'm not much of a holiday guy - I don't care about Christmas nor my birthdays, but made an exception this Fathers Day to ponder …

107 Mike McCarthy on elevating your fatherhood experience with Miracle Mornings

June 8th, 2017


Today’s guest Mike McCarthy is a family man and a dad of 2, an avid student of both leadership and personal development. He’s also a serial entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of the GoBundance Adventure Masterminding …

106 Baby #2 and the challenges & lessons learnt from first few weeks

May 26th, 2017


As promised in previous episode, in this episode I’ll share our story from the end of our second pregnancy and impressions from first few weeks of …

105 Parijat Deshpande on stress, pregnancy and early parenthood

May 17th, 2017


Parijat Deshpande is the leading high-risk pregnancy expert who educates and guides women (and couples) on how to manage their stress, anxiety and overall wellness so they can have healthier pregnancies, decrease their …

104 Jackie Bledsoe on the importance of dating the new mom

March 17th, 2017


Jackie Bledsoe is a husband, a dad of 3, an author of “7 Rings of Marriage”, a speaker and regularly holds workshops for couples who want to have …

103 Andrew Tiu - 6 days away from becoming a dad

March 10th, 2017


Andrew Tiu is an expecting dad (at the time of this recording; became a dad 6 days after), a videographer and vlogger.

In 2016 Andrew and his wife left their jobs and started a business. Not too soon after that they …

102 Dr. Dan Singley on paternal PPD and how to tackle it

February 20th, 2017


Dr. Daniel Singley is a dad of two boys, a husband and clinical psychiatrist specializing in men’s perinatal mental health.

So, he knows what he’s talking about. In today’s show we once again talk about perinatal mood …

101 Dr Shosh and how to avoid or minimize the effects of maternal PPD

February 6th, 2017


In this episode I get to chat with Dr. Shoshana Bennett – a pioneer in the field of maternal post-partum depression (PPD) and other perinatal mood disorders in the US.

We’ll be talking about the PPD, prevention and the …

100 Ryan Michler on taking ownership and responsibility of your life

January 30th, 2017


In this episode I get to chat with Ryan Michler of the Order of Man podcast. Ryan is an Iraqi Combat veteran, a husband and a father of 4 young kids …

099 Josiah Novak and being a fit dad

January 16th, 2017


In this episode I get to chat with Josiah Novak – a dad to their 2 young boys (ages 2 years and 7 months), a fitness and health expert and the founder of

We’ll be talking about the …

098 Matt Thornton on fatherhood and being fully in present with kids

December 12th, 2016


Matt is a dad of four with fifth one on the way.

He’s the founder of SBG (Straight Blast Gym) – one of the best MMA-style gyms in the world with 50+ locations around the world. He has trained many world-class fighters …

097 Paul Gilbride and work-life integration

December 5th, 2016


In this episode I get to chat with Paul Gilbride. Paul is a Certified Professional Coach and helps parents with being their best in todays’ society …

096 Jason MacKenzie and the power of vulnerability

November 25th, 2016


Today’s guest is Jason MacKenzie.

He's a dad of 2 and an author of The Book of Open - How Cultivating Vulnerability Makes You a Stronger, Wiser and …

095 Anthony Trucks on work-life balance and relationships

November 18th, 2016


Anthony is a dad of 3. He's a former Oregon Ducks football player and a former NFL player, he started and ran a 6-figure gym and now is international …

094 Three ways you can step up as a better leader and a dad

November 15th, 2016


Now that the elections in US are over, there’s so much fear, hate and panic that’s constantly sold on us. There’s just so much complaining and too …

093 3 tips on how not to burn out as a new dad (w/ Larry Hagner)

November 11th, 2016


Today I share 3 tips on how not to burn out as a new dad.

This is a segment of my webinar with Larry Hagner of the Good Dad Project where we talked about taking care of yourself and investing in yourself as a new dad. …

092 Three tips to keep your cool when you're triggered

November 7th, 2016


Let’s talk about the triggers that cause us to lose our patience or our temper and three ideas that have worked for me to combat that.

I’ve said it before, and it is still true, at least in my case – parenting is an …

091 Kevin Michael Geary: Defining your parenting style and principles

November 4th, 2016


Kevin is a dad to two young girls, so he’s in the trenches of parenthood every single day.

He’s also a founder of and he has …

090 How to deal with "the lack of time" issue as new parents

November 1st, 2016


In today’s show I talk about something that a lot of dads new and more seasoned wrestle with… and that’s time… or not having enough of it.

I’ve been a dad for 21 months by now, I’ve blogged about fatherhood for almost 2 …

089 Jorgen Matsi and taking care of yourself and your relationship

October 19th, 2016


Jorgen is a dad of 2 little girls (ages 3 and 1 year old). He’s also a psychologist and former lecturer in sports psychology. He runs a local MMA gym …

088 Scott Beebe & Creating a Family Vision

October 7th, 2016


Scott is a dad to Brian is a dad to 3 kids and he’s also a founder of He’s been married to his wife, Ashley, for 18 years – …

087 Chatting with Brian "The Birth Guy" Salmon

September 9th, 2016


Brian is a dad to 2 girls and he is no stranger to this world of babies and parenting. Among many roles, he’s a doula, lactation expert and birth …

086 Gabriel from New Dads Place

August 26th, 2016


Gabriel Sanders is a dad of 2 young girls, he’s also a recordist for film and television, a yoga instructor, a personal trainer, an artist, a writer and a photographer and on top of all of this he’s the founder of New …

085 I honestly didn't expect this to be so challenging

August 20th, 2016


In this week’s episode I’m sharing two of my biggest challenges as a man, partner and dad.

Checkout the shownotes at:

Learn more about the online program for new dads at:

084 Interview with Anthony Hayes

August 12th, 2016


Anthony Hayes is a dad to a little 2½ year old daughter.

Anthony shares his fatherhood story and his battle with clinical depression that he’s been …

083 Interview with Maria Brooks from Lamaze International

July 29th, 2016


Maria is a mom, a Certified Registered Nurse on a busy Labor & Delivery floor as well as a Free-Standing Birth Center, and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) and a President of Lamaze International.

082 Interview with Ron Geer - facing challenges as a parent

July 22nd, 2016


Ron is a father of three amazing kids and husband to an amazing woman, Kristy. When they adopted their little girl they soon discovered that she has special needs. It took him time to own his new reality, but eventually …

081 Interview w/ Jim Harshaw: finding success in fatherhood

July 15th, 2016


Jim is a dad to 4 kids ranging from almost 3 years old to 10 years old.

He was a Division I All-American wrestler in college, won 3 ACC Championships …

080 Interview with Tom Schwab

July 8th, 2016


Tom Schwab is a proud father of 4 ranging from 16 to 28 years old. He’s also a fairly new grand-dad. He brings on an awesome mix of his own …

079 Interview with Phil Carson: Stress management

July 4th, 2016


Dr. Phil Carson has been married for 30 years and has 5 happy and healthy children.

Dr. Phil is a pharmacist and president of Carson Natural Health. He thinks outside the box of traditional medicine and committed to …

078 Interview with Dave Chesson

June 24th, 2016


Dave is dad to 3 kids ranging from 2 to 16 year old.

He’s an active duty military guy for US Navy. And he missed out on a lot of the early years with …

077 Interview with Aaron Walker

June 17th, 2016


Aaron is a a dad to 2 grown daughters and a grand-dad to 5 grandkids.

He’s a true family man and also a successful business man.

He’s been in …

076 Interview with Eric Davis, former Navy Seal sniper instructor

June 10th, 2016


Eric Davis is a dad of 4, ranging from 9 to 23 years old.

Eric’s a former Navy SEAL sniper instructor and an author of “Raising Men - What we learned …

075 Interview with Matt Schneider of the

June 3rd, 2016


Matt is a dad to 2 boys and he’s been a stay-home-dad for about 10 years.

He’s also a co-founder of City Dads Group, a dynamic and diverse community of nearly 6,000 fathers in 23 cities across the United States. Matt …

074 Book review: "Tears and Tantrums" - How do you deal with them?

May 30th, 2016


In this episode I share couple of takeaways from the book: “Tears and Tantrums – What to Do When Babies and Children Cry” (by Alehta Jauch Solter.

It …

073 Interview with Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman

May 27th, 2016


Charlie is a dad to a 2½ year old little girl and they’re expecting another special delivery in the end of this summer.

Charlie “The Spaniard” …

072 Common source of conflict for us as new parents

May 23rd, 2016


Although I believe that our relationship is as fulfilling as it has ever been… I’d be lying if said that it’s perfect or heavenly bliss all the time.

071 Interview with Mike Granek of

May 20th, 2016


Mike Granek is a dad to 3 kids – 8 and 5 year olds and to a 1 year old baby.

He’s also a successful entrepreneur and an award winning event producer …

070 Emotional Bank Account concept and parenthood

May 16th, 2016


The Emotional Bank Account concept was first introduced by Stephen Covey in the book “7 Habits of highly effective people”. Basically it’s a metaphor used to describe the amount of trust that’s built up in a …

069 Interview with Larry Hagner from the Good Dad Project

May 13th, 2016


Larry Hagner is a dad to 4 young boys – 10, 8, and 3 years old & a 3 months old baby.

In today’s episode we’re talking about:

  • Larry’s own …

068 Finding your role in parenting

May 9th, 2016


Being a dad, and an involved one, is a wonderful opportunity – I love to be available and be part of our little one’s giggles and even tears. But …

067 Interview w/ Brendan Hufford from

May 6th, 2016


Brendan is a dad to 2 young boys – 3 years and 3 months old. He’s also a full-time teacher and runs couple of side businesses.

He’s most passionate …

066 Dad's bucket list

May 2nd, 2016


Dad’s bucket list is a list of things I want to experience with my family and with my baby-girl before she leaves home. So it’s not really a bucket list in its truest form, but let’s not make things overly complicated :)

065 Interview w/ James Tew, a dad to 4 young daughters

April 29th, 2016


James Tew is an Australian dad to 4 young girls ranging from almost 8 months to 9 years old. He served over 7 years in the Australian Navy while also …

064 Creating your family mission statement

April 25th, 2016


Loving, supportive families don’t just happen. They take a lot of intentionality and one way to approach that is to come up with your family mission statement.

It’s a written statement of what you want your family life …

063 Interview w/ Aaron Gouveia, a dad to 7mo, 2yo & 8yo boys

April 22nd, 2016


Aaron is a father of three boys ranging from 7 months to 8 years old, and creator of, a website devoted to involved fatherhood …

062 Daddy guilt and how to deal with it

April 18th, 2016


We’re talking about work-life balance – more specifically about dad guilt! Yes, we dads, finally made it! We finally have equality – moms have been feeling guilty for decades for leaving to work too soon and putting the …

061 Interview w/ Joshua Harris, a first-time dad to a 2 mo baby-girl

April 15th, 2016


Welcome Joshua Harris, a fellow new dad from England. He's a dad to a 2 month old baby girl and he’s very much into being an involved dad. He's also …

060 When unexpected things happen

April 11th, 2016


Unexpected things are bound to come up if you’re a new dad. So, it’s not really an IF, it’s most definitely a WHEN – we cannot control our spouses or …

059 Clashing parenting styles

April 8th, 2016


Many couples have different ideas of how to raise children and are often surprised at how strongly they feel about the matter.

And to be clear – having differing parenting styles can be a good thing, as long as styles …

058 Different parenting styles

April 6th, 2016


We’re talking about different parenting styles… and don’t worry I’m not going to overwhelm you with unsolicited advice on how you should lead your …

057 Managing new-parent-stress before it manages you

April 4th, 2016


Experiencing some stress is completely normal part of being a new parent. Stress is our body’s natural response to change.

However, stress is meant to be temporary. However, you probably know as well as I do, that in …

056 New dad's PPD

April 1st, 2016


Depression does not discriminate and it can affect anybody – including new dads. So, today we’re talking about Paternal Post-Partum Depression (PPD).

We’re talking about what PPD is and what signs to look out for and …

055 New mom's PPD

March 30th, 2016


My wife, MJ, developed showed some symptoms of post-partum depression (PPD) through year one. Although she wasn’t diagnosed with PPD, it was still very tough on us.

Today, I will be covering what PPD is and what signs …

054 8 Ways to show intimacy without having sex

March 28th, 2016


Becoming parents was a little overwhelming experience for us – we didn’t have a chance to have enough time for ourselves as a couple, for example in the form of date-nights. And our sex-life was very sporadic throughout …

053 Sex and new parenthood

March 25th, 2016


Today – we’re talking about postpartum sex.

It is very juicy topic and very tough to talk about, especially for guys… or is it just me?

The reason why this is so important topic to talk about… and why I’m willing to …

052 New mom hormones - will she ever return?

March 23rd, 2016


Today I want to shed some light on what happens with women during pregnancy and after childbirth (as far as the hormones go).

A lot of the pregnancy books advise to be patient with new mommy and give time for her …

051 My expectations of fatherhood before and after the baby

March 21st, 2016


Today I’ll explore the difference between my expectations of fatherhood before our baby’s grand debut and what the reality is after year one.

They say you can’t really be ready for becoming a dad… we’ll see if it was …

050 New dad sympathy weight gain

March 18th, 2016


Today I will share one of the struggles, that’s been nagging me for more than a year by now and to my surprise is quite common.

And that’s the weight gain that a lot of dads experience when expecting their special …

049 Breastfeeding from dad’s perspective

March 16th, 2016


Today I’m talking about very personal topic and one that usually dads don’t talk about – breastfeeding. Which, I understand, is also very controversial topic. But still, I’ll share my own journey of being a sometimes …

048 Why read to your baby

March 14th, 2016


Today I’m talking about reading to your baby. In ep. 14 (published on Jan 27th), I talked about reading to your unborn baby and I personally was actually way better and more consistent back then. So, today we’re talking …

047 Ten date-night ideas for expecting and new parents

March 11th, 2016


Today I will share with you 10 date-night ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

First, I’ll share 5 ideas that you can put in action in your home. This way you don’t have to worry about the babysitters and can just …

046 Why take time for date-nights

March 9th, 2016


Today, I’m going to continue on the date-night topic that we started on Monday.

If your everyday life is so busy that you don’t have the time or the energy for “the special night” then today’s episode is for you.I’ll …

045 Our first date-nights in year 1

March 7th, 2016


Today we’re talking about dating your spouse. Or to be exact me dating MJ.

This was one thing I and MJ actually talked a lot about before becoming parents. We didn’t want to become just room-mates after the baby joined …

044 Time (or the lack of it) and new parenthood

March 4th, 2016


As always, on Fridays I'll share one of my own struggle points on my fatherhood journey.

And today we're talking about time and how your sense of it might change or already has changed when you become or became a dad. …

043 Fatherhood hormones

March 3rd, 2016


My priorities started to change already before our little girl made her grand debut. And to my surprise my priorities weren’t the only things that changed – I’d say I also got more emotional and I gained about 25 pounds …

042 Buying a baby-carrier and carrying my baby

March 2nd, 2016


It’s time for another episode of the Wednesday Wins, where I get to share one of my parenting wins, or something that I feel I have done well on my fatherhood journey. As tough as it may seem at times, it’s important …

041 How to create a stronger bond with your baby

March 1st, 2016


Today I’m talking about different ways how to bond with your little champion.

Tune in to hear 6 ways to forge that strong connection.

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040 Baby's developmental benchmarks & my emotions

February 29th, 2016


It’s time for another episodes of the firsts, where I share some of my first time experiences on my fatherhood journey.

Our little girl turned 1 year …

039 Sleep and new parenthood

February 28th, 2016


Today I’ll talk about my own experience with new parents’ sleep and sleep-deprivation.

In my experience, it is way underestimated or understated effect of parenthood.

And sleep deprivation is serious stuff – it affects …

038 Two takeaways from the Dad2.0 summit

February 27th, 2016


Week ago I attended Dad2.0 summit in Washington DC. The summit was all about fatherhood and about spreading the message of being involved with your …

037 How excessive comparison undermines your parenting

February 26th, 2016


Today I want to talk about comparison and how it’s easy to fall for it as new parents.

In its purest form, comparing ourselves to others gives us context and motivates us to improve and thrive.

However, as parents, we …

036 Walking – my stress-relief strategy

February 25th, 2016


Being a new parent is tough… not all the time, but overall.

And today I’ll share one thing that has helped me out a lot – going for walks! Sometimes we head out as a family, sometimes I hit the streets alone.

Tune in to …

035 My wife burned out and that's what I did about it

February 17th, 2016


Today I get to share one of my early wins from the first month.

Although we were rookie parents and had to learn everything, the first weeks with the baby were quite awesome.

Fast-forward couple of weeks – I woke up one …

034 Talking to your progeny

February 16th, 2016


Before becoming a dad, I was looking at new parents like they were crazy when they talked to their little dumplings.

It all sounded little too weird how they changed their pitch when talking to their little progeny and …

033 First time I made my baby cry

February 15th, 2016


Like many new dads, I felt a strong need to be the protector of my family. I unrealistically wanted to keep all harm away from my baby-girl.

So you can imagine my emotions when I made my baby cry for the first time.

032 Dads, don’t compete with moms’ role as a parent

February 14th, 2016


Today we’re talking about if dads actually are secondary parents?!

Although dads in general have still a long way to go in becoming equal parents, last couple of decades we’ve made a lot of progress.

I was very excited …

031 Best parenting advice for new dads

February 13th, 2016


Today I’ll share one of the best parenting advice that I’ve got so far.

I know, that if you’re a new parent already, you probably feel that you have all the parenting advice you need and maybe even have advice overdose …

030 Social life vs new baby

February 12th, 2016


Today I’m talking about something that many soon-to-be dads and new dads worry about. Including yours truly – how their new role affects their …

029 Soothing a crying baby

February 11th, 2016


Eventually all babies stop crying and fall asleep, but the process can be very challenging.

Tune in for today’s episode to learn about 9 different ways you can soothe your little cry-baby!

And if you want to have …

028 Why I quit my job to stay home

February 10th, 2016


I had always prided myself on my independence, providing for my family, and most of all not depending on anyone else but myself.

I was working hard for success, power, fame, tropical getaways, even for my abs that I …

027 Why babies cry/ Troubleshooting your crying baby

February 9th, 2016


When the baby is brand new and so are you in your new role, it’s very easy to feel helpless, especially with crying babies.

However, it’s just part …

026 First night-watch with the new baby

February 8th, 2016


Our little one was 9 days old at the time. Since MJ needed to get a full-night sleep so bad, I offered to stay a night in the living room with the …

025 House chores and the division of labor at home

February 7th, 2016


Even if before having kids, you found it easy to maintain a neat house and to keep the disagreements on the topic at bay. It’s different with the little one.

BabyCenter surveyed more than 12,000 readers and it revealed …

024 How our relationship changed after the baby

February 6th, 2016


Along with shopping baby items and prepping the nursery, expectant and new parents may need to consider adding another task for their to-do list… and that’s working on their relationship.

And here’s why – numerous …

023 Expecting help the first weeks with the baby, but not getting much

February 5th, 2016


I planned to stay home for the first 4 weeks, so we figured it’s all good. With two of us we could handle pretty much anything.

The reality was …

022 Rant about push presents

February 4th, 2016


Today’s episode is quite different from all the other ones…

021 Why you should take a paternity leave

February 3rd, 2016


I believe that there’s more to manhood than bringing home a paycheck. My advice to new fathers is to get as much time off, as possible and make the …

020 Dad the gatekeeper

February 2nd, 2016


The first few/months after the birth of your little progeny, it’s important for new dads to get on the same page with the brand new mommy and stand up for her.

Just be there to support her and protect the new mom and …

019 First time with new responsibilities

February 1st, 2016


I get it – it’s tough to find time to balance your roles as parent, partner, and if you’re working dad, a bread-winner. You suddenly have a lot more …

018 Finding humor in pregnancy and in early fatherhood

January 31st, 2016


Although pregnancy and early parenthood can be stressful times, there’s plenty of humor in it as well.

Learn to laugh together with your partner at …

017 Ten tips how to survive new mom

January 30th, 2016


Dealing with a new mom can be tricky.

These are my 10 tips on how to baby-proof your relationship in the beginning of parenthood.

Tune in!

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016 My struggles with being a nurturing dad and with my masculinity

January 29th, 2016


Being a nurturing dad and a “real man” had many differences in my mind before becoming a dad and in early fatherhood. This caused some conflict in …

015 Six ways how my wife's pregnancy changed my life

January 28th, 2016


It’s not surprise that your spouse’s pregnancy changes your life as well. Here are 6 things that were most notable changes for me.

Tune in!

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014 Reading to your unborn baby

January 27th, 2016


I read quite a bit for our little Cutie-pie when she was still in the womb.

In this episode I discuss if it’s worth it and some of the reasons may surprise you.

Tune in!

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013 Today is our girl's first birthday

January 26th, 2016


It’s our Cupcake’s first birthday. What a ride it has been so far! Today I share my opinion on kids’ first birthday parties.

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012 My first week of fatherhood

January 25th, 2016


It’s Monday and every Monday from now on I will share my “first times” as a dad. And there are a lot of first time experiences on this journey!

Today, I’m sharing 3 stories from our first week with the baby.

Rate and …

011 Parenting doesn't get any easier with time

January 24th, 2016


“Things will get easier. Things will get better. Just wait til they turn… x years old.”

Typical way of other parents comforting you if you were to …

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