The New Family / Podcast Episode 250: Comedian Charlie Demers on Modern-Day Fatherhood

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 250 of The New Family Podcast, where we talk about what it’s like to be a dad today.

For this 250th episode of the podcast we’re taking a look at the state of modern fatherhood. First we’re talking to stand-up comedian, writer and political activist Charlie Demers. He’s one of dozens of notable Canadians who, through interviews, have contributed to a great new book of essays called 40 Fathers: Men Talk About Parenting. The book was written by family counsellor and writer Tessa Lloyd, who joins us in the second part of this episode to talk about what compelled her to gather the points of view of dads at this particular time.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Forty Fathers: Men Talk about Parenting
Tessa lloyd’s website
Charlie’s official website

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What Charlie wishes he could say to every new dad

“When I am told by anyone that they are about to have a kid, that they are about to become a father – the thing that I tell them is just that it is the greatest thing in the world, to ignore the people making the kind of clumsy, oafish jokes around them. It will bring new meaning to their lives and that that I am incredibly happy for them.”

What Tessa hopes people would get out of reading the book

“Start wherever you are and go to wherever you feel like in terms of making changes. I really hope that fathers will be more aware of what it is that they want. So kind of, to be able to begin with the end in mind – to picture the kind of relationship with your child and make sure that your actions are in line with that.”

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