My next Dad, Justin Batt, is the founder of the “Daddy Saturday” movement and non-profit organisation. Justin’s mission is to impact 10 million fathers in the next 10 years.
Justin has 4 kids. A daughter of 11 years and three boys 9, 7 and 5. His wife is an entrepreneur and because she started a bridal boutique he found himself alone with his daughter every Saturday when she was two old. Add three more boys to the mix within the next six years and Justin found himself on his own every Saturday with more and more kids over time. He grabbed the opportunity and “Daddy Saturday” was born.
Saturday is the day entirely devoted to, carefully curated and planned with his kids. Other Dads started reaching out or joined in and the rest is history. Justin says Dads are not born with a field manual and his aim is to inspire and provide practical applications on how to engage with your kids. His focus is on actionable parenting, intentionality and implementation.
We talk about his movement, intentionality and structure in the home, the concept of failing and Justin’s, very practical, experience shares one can apply in an instant.
Another great concept we explore - he calls it pivoting - parents can apply before difficult conversations happen.
The most powerful takeaways for me as a dad were:
- I have to be equally aligned with my wife in the things that matter to build a united front.
- Don’t burn all your fuel during the week.
- Don’t be your kids’ hero; be your kids' guide and find more guides for the things you’re not good at.
- Excessive use of screen time as parents and fathers rubs off on my kids. Big one for me.
For all of my German listeners: please check my wife’s podcast “On the run moms”, where she speaks about her journey as a Mom of twins and triplets: https://open.spotify.com/show/2XeAyRUVo3rWsiZd7MElcs
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Links from this episode: My wife’s podcast podcast “On the run Moms”: https://open.spotify.com/show/2XeAyRUVo3rWsiZd7MElcs
Justin’s website: https://daddysaturday.com/
Justin’s podcast: https://daddysaturday.com/podcast/
Justin on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justinbatt
Justin’s book: Daddy Saturday
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