Sept. 3, 2020

True masculinity & authentic fathering with Craig Wilkinson aka the “Dad Coach”

True masculinity & authentic fathering with Craig Wilkinson aka the “Dad Coach”

“My best advice to myself as a dad is to realise how valuable I am to my children and how much my presence is needed in their lives and just be present and engaged.” Craig Wilkinson on

Craig Wilkinson from South Africa is a powerful dad who has truly applied himself to his cause of being a dad and empowering other fathers. Craig has two kids (24 and 26), is a bestselling author, award winning social entrepreneur, sought after inspirational speaker and calls himself and is the “Dad Coach”. He is passionate about equipping men to be great fathers and leaders. Craig is the founder of Father a Nation (FAN), an NPO which restores men to true masculinity and authentic fatherhood. He believes that if we can heal men we can heal the world.

Craig shares his own journey as a dad and his parenting views. We discuss his divorce, what is means to be a man in todays world and how we can empower our sons and daugthers. Craig explains how woundedness manifests in children when there is no father figure around, we talk about Craig’s work sibling-led families in the townships, what surrogate fathers are and our own impact as men on other men around us.

“It’s much easier to bring up a healthy child than to heal a broken adult.” Craig Wilkinson on

The most powerful takeaways for me as a dad where:

  1. Pursue your daughters heart and set the standard this way.
  2. Make sure your sons know they are real men and have what it takes.
  3. Constant communication is key.
  4. The four lies of masculinity are sex, power, money and big boys don’t cry
  5. As a male use the strength you were given well. It’s about serving.

“Sometimes the poorest man leaves behind the most valuable legacy because it’s not what you leave behind for someone but all about what you leave in someone.” Craig Wilkinson on

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